Hilton Head Private Dolphin Tour: Master Naturalist Experience
354 Ratings
Hilton Head Island
Embark on a private dolphin tour in Hilton Head and experience the wonders of nature up close. Cruise the waters, watch dolphins in their natural habitat, and learn about the unique ecology of Hilton Head from a Master Naturalist captain.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum - We may stop here with an opportunity for photographs of the lighthouse
  • Daufuskie Island - The search for dolphins may take us into the Cooper River and along Daufuskie Island.
What's Included
  • Private vessel exclusively for your family tour
  • Experienced captain with a Low Country Master Naturalist certification
  • In-depth narrative customized for your group
  • All fees and taxes included
What's Not Included
  • Gratuity
Additional Information

This private boat tour offers an intimate encounter with dolphins in the wild for your group of up to 6 passengers. Revel in the sight of dolphins as they eat, play, and socialize while you cruise the waters. Your Captain, a Low Country Master Naturalist, will narrate an in-depth understanding of the natural surroundings, illustrating what makes Hilton Head so captivating.

You’ll be given ample time to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat at the Calibogue Sound. Take a look at Hilton Head’s famed landmark, the Harbourtown Lighthouse, from the water’s view. Traverse to the other end of the Sound to see Daufuskie Island.

On the Sound, there’s a chance for you to see other wildlife native to the low country - such as Mobula rays leaping out of the water, Spinner sharks breaking the surface, sea turtles surfacing for air, and myriad bird species traversing their migratory routes. This trip promises a treasure trove of wildlife wonders to witness.

68 Helmsman Way
Helmsman Way
Enter the parking lot of Cross Island Boat Landing, just under the Cross Island Parkway. Plenty of parking available. Walk down to the docks to meet your Captain.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
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Jun 8, 2024
Awesome dolphin adventure with Captain Mark - We had an absolutely fantastic experience on the 90-minute dolphin boat tour with Captain Mark! From start to finish, everything was perfect. Captain Mark was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and the marine life, making the tour both educational and exciting. He went out of his way to ensure we had the best possible experience. We saw numerous dolphins up close, and Captain Mark expertly navigated the boat to give us the best views without disturbing the animals. The boat was comfortable and well-maintained, and safety was clearly a top priority. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a memorable and thrilling dolphin-watching adventure. Thank you, Captain Mark, for a great day on the water!
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Jun 7, 2024
Must see! - We had a great time on the dolphin cruise with Captain Mark! We saw TONS of dolphins and was one of the highlights on our trip to Hilton Head.
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Jun 5, 2024
Best dolphin experience in the low country! - We had a fantastic outing from the moment we met Capt Mark on the pier through saying good bye at the end of a great adventure. Capt Mark made sure that we saw as many dolphins as possible while telling us all about the life of a dolphin. The trip was fun and educational for our party of 5. Grand parents, mom, dad and our grandaughter. Our 9 nine year old grandaughter told us she had the 'best time ever!' Thanks Capt Mark; we'll be back with our other grandkids!
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May 31, 2024
Memorable Private Dolphin Tour - This was our first boating type of excursion for our family and we booked it solely based on reviews of Captain Mark and being it was a private tour. It was an amazing, relaxing, very informative, and beautiful morning spent on the water with Captain Mark. It exceeded our expectations and our children (ages 4, 9, and 13) loved it also. He is so friendly and fun to be with. It was a very memorable part of our trip to Hilton Head and well worth the money spent. We'd book with him again!
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May 30, 2024
Great day on the boat. - It was a beautiful early summer day. Our family including a 5 year old really enjoyed our time on the water. We saw dolphins and loved seeing a flock of birds diving for fish. Captain Mark pulled up a crab trap and our grandson loved seeing the crab. He was especially good with young children. We got several recommendations for other things to do on the island. We have tried two and they were marvelous. We will go again next year.
Review provided by Viator
May 22, 2024
Perfection!! - This tour exceeded every expectation. There were 6 of us - including our 2 adult children and their boyfriends. Captain Mark is a great guide - knowledgeable, polite, considerate and flexible. We saw our first dolphin before we left the dock! Mark knows exactly where to go to find the most dolphins. We were also treated to multiple ray sightings - so exciting. One of our daughters tends to get motion sickness and Captain Mark was very sensitive to that. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour!
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May 22, 2024
Fantastic trip for the family - Great trip. Got to see so many Dolphins and even some rays at the end. Capt Mark was excellent. Easy to get on the boat and off. Great that the trip started at the Marina as you were out in open water sooner
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May 21, 2024
Great experience - Great tour with Captain Mark. Saw more dolphins than any other tour. Highly recommend. Captain mark was very knowledgeable and very friendly
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May 21, 2024
Great tour highly recommend - Captain Mark was excellent. Been doing dolphin tours at Hilton Head for a while and saw more dolphins than on any other cruise. Great for our family of four Captain Mark thanks so much for such a memorable experience
Review provided by Viator
May 20, 2024
Most Knowledgeable - Most knowledgeable dolphin tour we've taken! Captain Mark knows the waters around HHI and where to find dolphins, birds, sharks, and all kinds of marine life. We were able to stop for photographs, and the boat was the most comfortable we've taken. I was more interested in taking pictures of birds, but my sister and brother in law had many good photos of the dolphins. Highly recommended.
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up to 6 guests
June 2024