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Your Adventure Awaits with a Hilton Head Island Pirate Expedition!

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

If you decide to take a stroll along the waters at Shelter Cove Marina, you may stumble upon a scene of (foam) sword battles! A surge of pirates storm Shelter Cove twice a week, eager for the seas. A small child yells, "Captain! Captain!" At that moment, this child transforms into a pirate for only a couple of short hours. After joining the other pirate crew members, they are ready to follow Captain Tanner on the journey ahead to reclaim the lost treasure from Slimy Slim.

What is it?

This exciting experience is something that the parents love, and the children can't get enough of! No matter the age, you will be captivated by spontaneous dancing (aka the pirate floss), ghost dolphins, a mermaid, and of course treasure.

What adventure would be complete without a battle scene?

You'll encounter Slimy Slim and have to battle for Captain Tanner's treasure! However, there's just one catch. Parents cannot sit back and let their little pirates do ALL the work! Everyone grabs a water cannon and jumps into the battle to reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

Win the battle, and Cap'n Tanner will share his treasure of gold coins & jewels and reward you for all of your loyalty. You may even get a piece of fool's gold (aka a chocolate coin!).

Personal Experience

Hilton Head Island has been my go-to vacation destination for twenty years so I am familiar with Shannon Tanner's musical performances, which is a must see in itself! Even if you don't participate in the pirate activities, you will definitely enjoy the fantastic commentary from the kids and the witty jokes from Captain Tanner himself. He has this incredible charisma that captivates audiences of all ages, and his pirate adventure undoubtedly exceeded all my expectations!

Details & Information

For the past five years in a row, this pirate cruise has been awarded TripAdvisor's certificate of excellence. $36 covers the cost of the entire experience; the cruise, pirate doo-rag, dagger, eye patch, tattoo, treasure, and a chocolate coin. A small price to pay for a priceless time!

Still unsure? Hopefully, these glowing reviews will change your mind!

"Hands down it was the highlight of our week!" – Kelly J.

"Cap'n Tanner has amazing energy and an uncanny talent for keeping kids engaged and interested. He's a great storyteller and entertainer… kids absolutely adore him." –Casey P.

"Our two boys had such a great time. It was fun for mom and dad too. We love Captain Tanner!"—Brad T.

“Our kids (9,5) insist on going on Shannon’s pirate adventure every year and I understand why! It is hard to beat…” – Don J.

“Best day ever.” – Ali F.

“This is seriously a must do while in the Hilton Head area. Matter of fact, if you aren’t in the area, I would plan a trip to do this.” – Pamela W.

So… what are you waiting for?


Tickets and further details can are located on the official website: https://www.islandpirates.com

For additional information and details straight from Captain Tanner himself, call 843-422-0757 or by email at Shannon@islandpirates.com.

May you have good fortune on your expedition!

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