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Hilton Head Dolphin Tours

Enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable experience amongst nature on our Dolphin Tours in Hilton Head, SC. We'll take you and your family out on the experience of a lifetime as we glide along the Lowcountry waters.

Advance Booking Strongly Advised!


  • 1½, 2, 3 and 4 hour Dolphin Tours
  • Safe and suitable for all ages.
  • Dog friendly.
  • See Hilton Head’s historic and famous locations.
  • Regular sightings of local wildlife.
  • Passionate guidance from our captains.

See Dolphins in Their Natural Habitat

Forget binoculars, we’ll take you so close you can almost touch the dolphins (while still respecting their safety)! Our ocean friends may be in the wild, but they still love to join in on the fun. Here in their natural habitat, you’ll see Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins swimming freely and hear them clicking and squealing at us with joy.

Our Hilton Head Dolphin Tours provide beautiful views of the island we call home, including all sorts of wildlife and the famous gated communities of Broad Creek, Long Cove, Wexford and Spanish Wells Plantations. As we head out into the Atlantic, we’ll keep you entertained as Captain Brody and Captain Dick provide a passionate guided commentary.

We’ll ask for your help as we all keep an eye out for signs of the main attraction – dolphins! They can hold their breath for five minutes! Who will spot them first?

As they leap in and out of the water, you’ll see them gliding along beside us, showing off their unique personalities and stunning physiques.

Our Hilton Head Dolphin cruises will also give you a chance to see Harbor Town Lighthouse, Tybee Island, Daufuskie Island, the Savannah River Bridge and of course, the Atlantic Ocean.

Hilton Head Dolphin Tours, Suitable for All Ages

We aim to have everyone leave feeling better than they did before they arrived on our Hilton Head Dolphin Tours. That’s why safety and comfort are our number one priority.

With a family-friendly perspective, we ensure that all ages can enjoy what Hilton Head has to offer. Whether it’s your first time on a boat tour or you have young kids, relax knowing we cater to all ages.

More Than Just a Dolphin Tour

Although encountering dolphins is our primary objective, our Boat Tours in Hilton Head, SC, offer so much more!

In fact, many people consider Hilton Head Dolphin Tours to be the best way to see the many highlights of Hilton Head, alongside incredible wildlife and iconic views.

From the famous Harbor Town lighthouse with its candy cane-stripe appearance to the historic homes and saltwater marshes, this is a feast for the eyes.

Marine Wildlife Sightings

Our Hilton Head Dolphin tours naturally provide regular sightings of marine wildlife, including Osprey, Herons, Egrets, Pelicans, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Bald Eagles, jumping sting rays and maybe Sea Turtles!

These animals really complete our boat tours, giving something for everyone. Whether you’ve never seen a dolphin or want to educate your kids on nature, this is for you!

Hilton Head Dolphin Facts

In Hilton Head, we’ll encounter the friendly and impressively intelligent bottlenose dolphin (also referred to as the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins). Due to their intelligence, they’re commonly seen in aquariums and SeaWorld. However, on our Dolphin Tours, you will see them swimming safely and freely in the wild as intended.

Bottlenose Dolphin Facts

Bottlenose dolphins get their name from their elongated upper and lower jaws that look similar to the top of a gin or wine bottle. Their curved mouths give them a smiling appearance that is guaranteed to make you smile back. Most bottlenose dolphins have a grey color and can grow from 6.6-13.1 feet while weighing 330-1,430 lbs! Their size makes them easy to spot and a true wonder to witness as they leap in and out of the water. Hilton Head Dolphins are hungry beauts too. They consume roughly 50 lbs of fish and bottom-dwelling invertebrates every day. Generally, they’ll eat almost any smaller fish species but adapt to what’s available in their location. Dolphins are very social creatures and love to travel in social groups, often working together. They’re known to join together to gather food, help other injured dolphins and even help local fishermen catch fish.

Dolphins’ Acrobats and Jumping

Dolphins are mammals, just like us, meaning they’re intelligent and warm-blooded. It also means they can’t breathe underwater. Instead of breathing through gills like fish, they breathe through nostrils (called a blowhole) found on top of their heads. Because of this, they need to reach the surface at some point and enjoy that fresh oxygenated air. That means we get to enjoy an incredible spectacle on our Hilton Head Dolphins Tours! They often leap up out of the water, displaying that classic arching physique, before gracefully re-entering the water. They never disappoint!

Did You Know?

  • The common bottlenose dolphin has a bigger brain than humans!
  • Wild dolphins can live for 20-25 years.
  • Dolphins are famous for their interactions and responses with humans, which has seen them exploited by aquarium shows and used for training in the military.
  • Fossils suggest that the first bottlenose dolphin appeared during the Miocene epoch, between 23-5 million years ago.
  • These elegant mammals can swim at speeds of over 18mph!
  • The distinct dolphin clicking noise is a form of echolocation. The sound travels before reflecting back on objects, such as food and obstacles – giving the dolphins a sense of location, size and shape!
  • They can make up to 1,000 clicking sounds per second!
  • You might not believe it until you see it with your own eyes, but dolphins love to have fun! We’ve even seen them playing together like kids.
  • They sleep with one eye open.
  • Dolphins have great eyesight. If they surface and you feel like they’re looking at you – they probably are!

How to Protect the Dolphins:

On all our boat tours, we care for the safety and wellbeing of the wildlife, including following the Dolphin SMART guidelines. There are several things you can do to help protect Hilton Head’s Dolphin population:
  • Never feed the dolphins (prohibited by Federal Law). Spoiled or bad food can cause illness or death. It’s also important that they don’t learn to get food from humans, who might not always be so careful with their boats.
  • Never throw plastic or other trash into the water.
  • If the dolphins do approach the boat, don’t try to touch them. As friendly as they are, we’ll be visiting wild dolphins, not trained dolphins. Feel free to take photos and videos and Enjoy!

Dolphin Tours in Hilton Head, South Carolina

If you’re interested in a guided boat tour in Hilton Head, SC, that is truly unforgettable, contact us today to book a dolphin tour. Suitable for all ages, booking in advance is strongly recommended to ensure we can accommodate your group. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure other than our dolphin tours, check out some of our other packages: Hilton Head Sunset Cruises, Historic Savannah Cruises, Hilton Head Crabbing, Hilton Head Disappearing Island Tours, Hilton Head Fireworks Cruises or if you’re looking to relax and let your hair down, we have custom tailored a Hilton Head Booze Cruises just for you!
Hilton Head Dolphin Tours

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    Hilton Head Dolphin Tours

    GOOGLE REVIEWS from our Happy Guests

    4.9
    Based on 104 reviews
    emi h
    emi h
    20:41 18 Jun 24
    Had a great day with Captain Brody! Highly recommend for a great time & guaranteed dolphin viewing!
    Taesha Griggs
    Taesha Griggs
    16:01 08 Jun 24
    So much fun! And, Captain Brody knew exactly where to go and was so knowledgeable about dolphins. The whole family had fun!
    Jessica Hanley
    Jessica Hanley
    20:42 11 May 24
    Patrick Won
    Patrick Won
    16:26 10 Apr 24
    Captain Brody was really great! Very knowledgeable and easy going. He was very communicative with setting up and pickup. Gave some really good food recommendations as well! My family of 6 really enjoyed it!
    Sarah Schaffer
    Sarah Schaffer
    22:33 07 Apr 24
    Captain Brody had to work hard as Mother Nature was challenging. But we went deep into the low country and found our dolphins. Highly recommend the private experience!
    Irfan Khan
    Irfan Khan
    07:42 09 Jan 24
    Cheri Weller
    Cheri Weller
    00:53 04 Jan 24
    Captain Brody is a very pleasant and knowledgable captain with noticeable confidence and experience on the water. In addition to getting an up close and personal wink from a 45 year old local celebrity dolphin named Charley, we also had the pleasure of seeing many more dolphins, and hearing interesting stories along the way. Our family of 5 fully enjoyed the 2 hour dolphin cruise!! We are also excited to return for a longer in-depth cruise in the spring/summer to experience the migrating dolphin population and sea life. I wouldn’t hesitate to fully recommend Captain Brody. Thank you for the great afternoon!
    Dustin Sutton
    Dustin Sutton
    15:34 24 Dec 23
    A must for not only vacationers but it's an awesome experience for locals. As an avid boater and a resident of HHI there is rarely an occasion that dolphins are not seen in fact my family and I typically encounter several each time we launch in broad creek.
    Michael McCray
    Michael McCray
    00:02 10 Nov 23
    Captain and mate were great. Found a pod of 10 to 15 dolphins. Great to watch them for a good amount of time.
    AgentJ 0723
    AgentJ 0723
    12:51 08 Oct 23
    We ended our vacation by booking a 2 hour dolphin tour with captain Brody. This was the perfect way to end our amazing vacation! Captain Brody was very knowledgeable about the area and knew where to go to find the dolphins. We saw so many dolphins and even a pod of dolphins! It was a lovely day and we look forward to taking another boat tour with them on our next Hilton Head vacation.
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