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Dolphins in the water

A Sight to See

Take a cruise and enjoy watching dolphins frolicking in the Hilton Head Island waterways. Bottlenose dolphins are a common resident of Hilton Head Island's salt marshes and inlets. Learn all about their social behavior, feeding habits, and much more. It's great fun for the whole family!

Captain Mark's Holiday Dolphin Cruise Boat

Captain Mark's Holiday Dolphin Cruise

Available March - November

With over 20,000 cruises and more than 500,000 tourist this is the #1 most popular dolphin cruise on Hilton Head Island! Spotting dolphins never gets old and the Hilton Head Island sunsets will take your breath away. The 80 ft double deck cruise ship departs C dock at Shelter Cove Marina. The ship, recently back from some minor renovations, includes a snack bar, restrooms, and open and indoor seating areas.

Each trip is 1.5 hours and include a local knowledgeable tour guide.


To ensure the safety of crew and passengers, The Holiday is currently running at a limited capacity. Benches are marked off to promote social distancing and additional sanitizing and cleaning is in place before each trip.

Prices range from $12.95 per child & $22.95 per adult. Children under 2 are free. Sunset cruises are $13.95 per child & $27.95 per adult.

Dolphin Seafari of Hilton Head Island

Available Year Round

Dolphin Seafari is working hard to provide safe and enjoyable dolphin sightseeing experiences from the water. This 30 ft handicap accessible covered pontoon boat is currently holding up to 12-14 guests* (boat holds 20). This boat sits low on the water for excellent views of the water wildlife. There is also comfortable bench seating. Coolers are welcome on every trip and reservations are required.

The Seafari is perfect for private parties on the water with just your family/group up to 20! Host your birthday party, anniversary party or bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduations parties and more with the Seafari of Hilton Head Island.

Cleaning of all surfaces before and after each trip is thorough. Come Aboard, the dolphin are waiting!


Private party 90 minute cruises start from $620. Call 855-378-9716 to book a private charter.

Dolphin Tour

Available Year Round
90 minute trip. Gets you up close and personal with these amazing animals. Learn about Hilton Head Island, local nature and all about bottlenose dolphins.

90 minutes

$38 adults/teens
$20 children (12 & under)
$10 children (2 & under)



Donuts with Dolphins Tour

Available March - December, Tuesdays & Thursdays only
90 minute dolphin tour with donuts, coffee, water and juice leaving at 9 a.m.! There is no better way to start the day than with donuts and dolphins.

90 minutes

$42 adults/teens
$26 children (12 & under)
$10 children (2 & under)



Dolphin and Fireworks Tour

Sorry, this tour is not available this season due to fireworks being canceled
2 hour dolphin tour with fireworks finale! This tour begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Coolers are welcome and reservations are required. Hurry! This tour sells out quickly.

2 hr

$45 adults/teens
$35 children (12 & under)



Native Son Sunset Eco Tours

Available Year Round

To really know where to get up close and personal with nature, you must spend a lot of time in the field. Learning the patterns, recognizing the signs, reading the weather and understanding the lunar cycles. Our Captains are trained and have studied the best naturalists in our region. If you're a photographer Byron has worked extensively with legends like Arte Wolfe and many others. Come see nature in all her glory, breath in the fresh air, see the vibrant colors, hear the beautiful sounds. And get the cameras ready because you never know what you may come across! Whatever it takes to be in the right place to catch natures magic unfolding...


Personalized trips for up to 6 passengers. 1.5 to 3 hour tours available starting at 5 p.m. from $265

Salt Marsh Dolphin & Sightseeing Sail

Available Year Round

This 27 ft Stiletto Sailboat is a wide, stable catamaran that has comfortable seat cushions and bean bag chairs on the netting. Combining that with a maximum of 6 passengers ensures your sail is sure to be personal and captivating. Whether you’re looking to reconnect with family and loved ones while watching the sun go down, or spot some dolphins and learn about our unique Salt Marsh ecosystem, you’ve found the right boat!

Dolphin & Sightseeing Sail
Private charters for up to 6 people from $315

Low Country Dolphin Cruise

Available Year Round

Check out this beautiful and comfortable 47 ft. sport fisher, the Reel Love, equipped with A/C, two bathrooms, Italian leather sofa, full-size fridge and more! For ages 3 and up only.

Private charters for up to 6 people starting at $450.

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Marina Hours

Sunday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (866) 661-3822
Address: 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

For any inquiries, questions or reservations, please call: (866) 661-3822 or fill out the following form.

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