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.

Sharing is Caring!


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GOOGLE REVIEWS from our Happy Guests

Based on 102 reviews
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.
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!
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