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The “Native” in Native Son Adventures: The Life and Story of Byron Sewell

Updated: Apr 1

There is no one better to turn to than the “Natives” when looking to discover the best adventures of Hilton Head Island, SC. Native Son Adventures is the Island’s best light tackle fishing, surf lessons, and eco boat tours destination.

native son adventures boat in the marsh with captain waving

With several package options available, locals and guests to the island can experience the stunning nature of Hilton Head from either boat or surfboard. Native Son Adventures offers near-shore and off-shore fishing charters, eco adventure and sunset tours to catch nature’s magic with local trained captains, as well as private surf lessons for all skill levels. Learn more about package durations, rates, and more at

mom and daughters leaning over boat looking at dolphin

Native Son Adventures knows that one size doesn’t always fit all and created the ”Day with a Native” adventure cruise that is Hilton Head Island’s ultimate adventure combo platter. Customize your own adventure or choose from their time tested favorites. Choose from fishing, birdwatching, beach-combing, crabbing, dolphin encounters, stand-up paddleboarding with dolphins, and hunting for shark teeth, shells and fossils. Day trips are available for up to 6 passengers for up to 8 hours. Interested in both a boat tour and surf lesson? Their “Fried Combo Adventure'' discount provides a $20 discount when booking both a surf lesson and one of their amazing boating adventures.

So who is the “Native” behind Native Son Adventures? Captain Byron Sewell was born in Savannah, GA, because there was no hospital on Hilton Head Island at that time. "Byronie" grew up barefoot, covered in sand & salt. His home was a modest beach cottage in North Forest, just steps from the Atlantic, and he was baptized by the ocean at three weeks old. It is safe to say, he is a son of the sea.

Byron’s dad, “Hurricane” Hampton Sewell, was well known up and down the East Coast for being a true waterman and pioneer surfer of his era. Following his father’s footsteps, Byron grew up fishing, surfing, and exploring his little island paradise. In 1998, at 25 years old, he started Native Son Fly Fishing and light tackle guide services. He was one of Hilton Head's few flats skiff charter guides. After spending time on expeditions in New Zealand, Australia and the French Polynesian outer islands, Captain Sewell has come back to teach visitors from all over and share his love for Hilton Head Island.

His passion and love for the island shows in his recent reviews!

Best fishing and boat trip ever! “Wow!!! We just had the greatest experience on the water w/ our captain @ Native Son Adventures!!! He took us out on an amazing tour of Hilton Head Island & then to his secret fishing spots! The boat ride was amazing and comfy & he taught us a lot about the waters, tides, history and local way of life! We were catching huge bull reds the minute he had us drop our lines! Our captain knew the waters very well and was on the fish! He explained that they were too big to keep and taught us about sustainable fishing in Hilton Head. He also showed us his favorite spots and found us a huge shark tooth! We definitely recommend this fishing tour and can’t wait to do it again! Native Son also offers many other interactive & water sport specific options we cannot wait to try. Thank you so much Native Son Adventures!” -Eric and Alana, TripAdvisor, Jan 2021
little girl in blue rashguard catching a small wave on surfboard

Smiles For Days “Native Son Adventures ... PURE FUN!! We love owner Byron Sewell, and his whole crew! Learning to surf from those who truly love and appreciate our island, who reinforce the importance of taking care of it and who make surfing Fun, Exciting and wanting MORE is priceless!! We had a big group of local kids that have had SMILES for DAYS, a huge confidence boost and all want their own boards for Christmas! It was a great day. Thank you Native Son Adventures!!” -Lori G, TripAdvisor, Sep 2020

Come see nature in all her glory, breathe in the fresh air, see the vibrant colors, hear the beautiful sounds. Native Son Adventures will do what it takes to be in the right place at the right time. Book your adventure today! Click here for more information on water activities at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.


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