Hilton Head Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise
328 Ratings
Hilton Head Island
Embark on a 90-minute Dolphin Nature Cruise aboard the Vagabond in Hilton Head. Experience the beauty of the low-country, enjoy live narration by a naturalist captain, and spot Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 149 Lighthouse Rd - On this 90-minute Dolphin Nature Cruise the Vagabond will make it’s way through the Calibogue Sound up towards the headwaters of the Atlantic Ocean. While in route you will see South Beach, Daufuskie Island, Bull Island, The Haig Point Lighthouse, and many other historical landmarks along the way. Enjoy sightings of wild dolphins in their natural environment, and keep you eye out for egrets, herons, pelicans, and much more. All trips are narrated by the Vagabond’s naturalist Captain, and dolphin sightings are guaranteed! Vagabond Cruise is Hilton Head Island’s original sightseeing and excursion cruise operator located under the lighthouse in Harbour Town since 1968!
What's Included
  • 90-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Spectacular views of the low-country
  • Views of the Haig Point Lighthouse
  • Dolphin sightings
  • Adult beverages available for purchase
What's Not Included
  • Entrance fees into the Sea Pines Resort $9 per vehicle
Additional Information

Immerse yourself in the serene charm of the low-country with our 90-minute Dolphin Nature Cruise on the Vagabond! Delight in enlightened commentary from the Vagabond’s naturalist captain while encountering our local Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins! We depart from the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, situated beneath the iconic Lighthouse. To top it off, we guarantee you’ll spot dolphins!

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund final decision on safe cruise conditions are determined by the vessels Captain at departure time of the cruise
  • There is no charge for an infant 2-under, but a ticket is still needed to account for them
149 Lighthouse Rd
Lighthouse Road
Departing from Harbour Town Yacht Basin, just below the Harbour Town Lighthouse. There is a $9.00 per vehicle entry fee to the Sea Pines Resort where Harbour Town is located.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(328 Ratings)
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Apr 14, 2024
Best dolphin tour. - Best tour I've had in Hilton Head, The area and restaurants also very nice. Lots to see that I wouldn't have known if it wasn't for the dolphin tour.
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Apr 7, 2024
Great time! - Great experience for a good price. We saw lots of dolphins! The ride was also smooth and the narrator of the ride done a great job providing little nuggets of information.
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Apr 5, 2024
Dolphin cruise - Great experience! My husband and I really enjoyed the dolphin cruise. The staff were friendly and very informative. We saw dolphins shortly after we left.
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Mar 17, 2024
Fun Cruise - It was an enjoyable cruise just to see Hilton Head from the water. We did see dolphins but don’t set your expectations too high because they only briefly surface, so viewing is somewhat limited. Overall a fun trip.
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Dec 11, 2023
Great experience! - Saw an amazing display of dolphins playing. Captain was informative and humorous and crew was helpful and friendly.
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Apr 3, 2024
It's not that much but,... - It's not that much but, at least, we saw few (like 2 or 3 dolphins) swimming at the same time during our 1-1/2 tour. Other than the dolphins, the boat captain also talked about the islands and some marine mammals around the area.
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Apr 3, 2024
Great way to catch another glimpse of Hilton Head - We appreciated the ongoing dialogue about the island and dolphins, etc. Appreciated keeping the tour on schedule. We all enjoyed the trip - from our youngest 5 to the birthday girl 70😎
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Mar 17, 2024
Undewhelmed - Justin was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. We didn't see a lot of dolphins, which is not anyone's fault but it was a little disappointing. We saw about 5 or 6, so the experience was like this..."oh there's one, did you see it?", " there's another but he's gone now". We enjoyed it but unfortunately weren't as "wowed" as we wanted to be.
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Dec 9, 2023
Bucket List! - The only negative I have is that on the 2nd deck we could not hardly hear the captain speak over the speaker system. The crew and captain did a great job of catching the moments! Just would have been great to hear the history of dolphins habitats and trates.
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Dec 10, 2023
Take 9$…. - We read the things to know portion before we traveled from Georgia to South Carolina for this tour… it did not state that we would need 9$ in cash to enter the gated community. We had to leave find a grocery store atm, go back circle the small parking lot 4 times and run just to arrive as the tour guide was untying the ropes. We were 2 min late and were told too bad. Disappointing.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
May 2024