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Marina Hours

Sunday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 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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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

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 includes a snack bar, restrooms, and open and indoor seating areas.

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

Prices range from $11.95 per child & $21.95 per adult. Children under 2 are free. Sunset cruises are $13.95 per child & $26.95 per adult.

Available March - June

Dolphin Seafari of Hilton Head Island

This 30 ft handicap accessible covered pontoon boat holds up to 20 guests. 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! Host your birthday party, anniversary party or bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduations parties and more with the Seafari of Hilton Head Island.


Private parties starting from $575 includes 2 hr cruise ($125/hour for each additional hour).

Available Year Round

Dolphin Tour

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

2 hrs

$35 adults/teens
$20 children (12 & under)
$10 children (2 & under)



Donuts with Dolphins Tour

Available March - December, Tuesdays & Thursdays only
2 hour 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.

2 hr

$38 adults/teens
$25 children (12 & under)



Dolphin and Fireworks Tour

Available Mid-June - Mid-August, Tuesdays only
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)



Outside Hilton Head Dolphin Eco Tour

Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas have a large and active population of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, with great viewing opportunities all year long! Climb aboard a comfortable power boat with Outside Hilton Head for a 90 minute cruise to view these fantastic creatures.

Prices are $45 per person, $35 per child 12 and under, and children under 2 ride free. SAVE $5 on adult rate on Mondays with the Marine Mammal Monday Special!

Available Year Round

Flying Circus Catamaran Dolphin Watch Sailing Trip

Experience nature at its very finest as you sail the waters of Hilton Head, South Carolina. View dolphins and the surrounding lowcountry’s amazing habitat from a unique perspective, aboard an eco-friendly catamaran. The Flying Circus is ideal for a small group adventure! This 27 ft long and 16 ft wide catamaran fits 6 guests, plus our captain. There is a hard deck area with padded cushioned seats or you can ride in the forward area of the mast on the netting. Our knowledgeable and friendly captain will provide a unique experience for your small group.


Private tours starting from $330 for up to 6 guests. Call (844) 207-8452 for more information.

Available Year Round

Salt Marsh Dolphin & Sightseeing Sail

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 gown 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 are $350

Available Year Round