What to Pack for Your Hilton Head Boat Tour

What to Pack for Your Hilton Head Boat Tour

So, you’ve booked your Hilton Head boat tour and are ready to go! But what do you need to pack for your Hilton Head boat tour? Whether it’s a Hilton Head dolphin tour, sunset cruise or vanishing islands tour, here are the essential items to have a comfortable and memorable experience:

What to Wear for Comfort?

We always suggest bringing an extra layer that you can remove or put on easily. Generally, the air temperature on a boat feels around 5-10 degrees cooler than it does on land. Mornings are cooler and afternoons are milder.

Always check the weather on the morning of your Hilton Head boat tour and prepare for any possible rain showers.

Generally, we advise wearing casual, comfortable clothes.

Non-Slip Shoes for Disappearing Island Tours

On our Disappearing Island boat tours, you’ll be getting out the boat and walking through the water. We advise wearing some non-slip wet shoes for this Hilton Head boat tour, so you gain comfort and protection getting in and out of the boat.

What to Bring for Protection?

Protection from the sun is essential for a comfortable and safe day on the water. The sun can be very bright as it shines off the boat and the water. Bring shades, a cap, sun screening products and plenty of hydration! No sunburns are fun.

We’ve Got The Safety Equipment

Fear not, we have all the safety equipment you’ll need such as life vests. We also have an ice cooler on board to keep your drinks fresh and chilled.

What Else to Pack on Your Hilton Head Boat Tour?

Camera/Fully Charged Phone

If you have a decent camera, bring it. Cell Phones have great cameras these days, but if photography is your thing, then this is a great chance to capture dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Ensure your cell phone is fully charged. You’ll probably take lots of photos and videos, which will drain that juice!

Bag or Backpack

You’ll need to store your camera or other personal items somewhere. A backpack is essential for bringing some snacks, drinks and extra layers.

Food and Drinks

The Captain will supply ice, and a cooler for your trip. You are welcome to bring food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.

Checklist: What to Bring on a Hilton Head Boat Tour?

  • An extra layer for when it gets cooler
  • Fully charged phone
  • Camera
  • Backpack/Waterproof bag
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sea sickness medication (if you’re prone to sea sickness)
  • Non-skid rubber soled shoes
  • Clothes appropriate for walking in deeper water (Disappearing Island Tour)
  • Light colored clothing to avoid absorbing heat
  • Lightweight microfiber long sleeve shirts to protect arms (Unessential but ideal)
  • Short pants when warm
  • Long pants when cool
  • Waterproof windbreaker for possible rain
  • Polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun
  • Binoculars to see distant sights


Captain Brody

Captain Brody

At 14yrs old I started SCUBA diving and found a love for the water. Little did I know how much that would directly affect my life.

At 18 I started off working in kitchens and racing Soling sailboats on Wednesday nights and weekends in Lake Michigan. After seven years in Wisconsin my culinary career brought me to South Carolina where I continue to cook, fish and boat as often as possible.

In the past year I've decided I want to spend my time sharing my knowledge and love for the ocean with all.

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GOOGLE REVIEWS from our Happy Guests

Based on 96 reviews
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.
Stancu Edy
Stancu Edy
10:59 05 Oct 23
The Big Daddy-O
The Big Daddy-O
17:25 25 Aug 23
Very friendly and scenic!
Kelly Killman
Kelly Killman
16:57 22 Aug 23
This was the BEST experience. Captain Brody was so great, he gave recommendations and took us to some really cool places. We also saw like 30 dolphins (amazing!) we had 6 girls for my bachelorette party and it was PERFECT. I would highly recommend this experience and will absolutely be rebooking the next time I’m in HH.
Kathryn Killman
Kathryn Killman
21:31 13 Aug 23
Captain Brody was absolutely awesome! Our Bachelorette group of 6 ladies had an amazing time on the water and fit very comfortably on the boat. Captain Brody helped us create the best tour using his expert knowledge of the area. We were able to cruise, swim, dock and go to a fun bar he recommended, and see a TON of dolphins. Cannot recommend enough!
John Frey
John Frey
16:54 02 Aug 23
Karen Wu
Karen Wu
14:45 31 Jul 23
This was an amazing tour!. Booked on Sat for a Sun tour and Captain Brody called right away to confirm. We did the 90min dolphin tour. Took our dog and had a blast. Captain Brody was so personable, knowledgeable and fun. We got to see Charlie, a resident overly friendly begger of a dolphin up close! I highly recommend booking with them!
Daniel Lukasiewicz
Daniel Lukasiewicz
00:07 28 Jul 23
Captain Brody was the BEST! Some friends and I decided last minute to book a crabbing/dolphin/fishing charter with HHDT...at 9pm, through their website...and Captain Brody called me 5 minutes after we submitted the appointment request! We booked the next day to take 3 adults and an 8 and 5 year old out. He was patient, kind and answered all of the kids 1,000 questions. He also entertained the 3 adults. I liked it so much we booked another trip the next week to take my Dad out on a trip. Could not recommend them more!
Cynthia Mead
Cynthia Mead
22:27 26 Jul 23
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