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Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


On this dolphin watching cruise from Hilton Head, you have the chance to see wildlife, check out local landmarks, and admire the coastline as you cruise out on the Calibogue Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Your guide narrates the entire trip as you sail past Bull Island, the Haig Point Lighthouse, and more, all while looking out for dolphins, egrets, herons, and other animals in the wild.
  • Hilton Head dolphin watching cruise
  • Narrated cruise provides information and entertainment on board
  • Chances to see dolphins, egrets, herons, and more in the wild
  • Great way to relax and admire coastal views

What's Included

  • 90-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Dolphin sightings
  • Spectacular views of the low-country
  • Views of the Haig Point Lighthouse
  • Adult beverages available for purchase
  • Entrance fees into the Sea Pines Resort $9 per vehicle

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 149 Lighthouse Rd, 149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA

    Departing from Harbour Town Yacht Basin, just below the Harbour Town Lighthouse. There is a $9.00 per vehicle entry fee to the Sea Pines Resort where Harbour Town is located.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund final decision on safe cruise conditions are determined by the vessels Captain at departure time of the cruise
  • There is no charge for an infant 2-under, but a ticket is still needed to account for them
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers
Operated by Vagabond Cruise

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

Get there early if it is hot, so you can get a seat below deck in the shade.
252 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Great tour
Angela_R, Jun 2022
Great staff, we seen a lot of dolphins. Was a little rough in the open ocean. All I. All seen dolphins pretty quick in the trip!
Great experience! Parking pass requires cash.
Megan_G, Jun 2022
What a great experience! I was expecting a tiny little boat like other tours I’ve been on previously but this thing was huge! There was plenty of space to walk around and not feel cramped. We saw lots of dolphins and got to look around at all the beautiful scenery. 1.5 hours is a bit long if you have little kiddos…. But overall it was a great experience. Heads up if you go though, you have to go on to sea pines resort which requires a parking pass. We knew that ahead of time, what we didn’t know was…. You can only pay in cash for the parking pass. So, come prepared for that!
Great time!
Donna_S, May 2022
Dolphins and stingrays were the highlight. Family had a great time. Would do it again. Staff very friendly loved the picture they took. It was a very easy process to buy and board.
Dolphin “Cruise”
Brianna_W, May 2022
First and foremost the crew and the overall experience was great. We seen plenty of dolphin. But, for the first 45 mins we stayed in the same spot and turned circles over the same 3 dolphins. We were looking more for a cruise.
Not a fan
Jackie_F, May 2022
Trip was canceled twice- found out after we had already paid 9$ to park each time. Understand there were mechanical problems, but we should have been notified earlier.
Fun in the sun with the Dolphins .
Shanthi_S, Dec 2021
The cruise was nice . It was a gorgeous day. Thank u for cleaning up before we got on. The narrator could have been a bit louder. We had folks talking loud at the back of the boat on the upper deck. I did not know Dolphins had 3 stomachs. Thank you for that info and more.
Dolphins at Hilton
Barbara_B, Oct 2021
Our most memorable moment was: Seeing and getting a picture of a dolphin right by the boat; and seeing a dolphin leap right out of the water near us
Grrst ctuisr
michael_w, Sep 2021
Crew was great and we saw lots of dolphins. It was nice having parts of boat shaded. Would try another vahabond cruise
Captain was very friendly...
Christine_K, Sep 2021
Captain was very friendly and knowledgeable, when we found the dolphins we followed them for a while. great trip!
Wonderful Cruise
DanAndi, Sep 2021
Beautiful weather, knowledgeable tour guide and saw an abundance of dolphins. (Take your sunscreen!)
Yashika_N, Sep 2021
Everything was nice!! My family and I really enjoy the tour.. We did get a chance to see a lot of dolphins
Anniversary trip!
Christy_B, Aug 2021
It was lots of Dolphins, great boat with snacks!!! We where celebrating our 18th anniversary it was a good day!
Jocelyn_S, Aug 2021
It was very dissapointing. The boat just made a big circle between Harbourtown and daufuskie. Plenty of dolphins as usual. Tour guide did not do anything but point out dolphins
Not as planned
Debbie_P, Aug 2021
Unfortunately due to weather and an extended wait on the bridge due to a multiple car pileup we never made it for our tour! I’m sure it would of been amazing if we made it!
Robert_A, Aug 2021
We saw lots and lots of dolphins! Kids loved it. 90 minute cruise was just the right length. The captain did a nice job narrating the cruise.
Nice cruise!
Dawn_G, Jul 2021
Very nice cruise with plenty of dolphin sightings. The Captain's commentary during the tour was helpful and informative. However, finding parking at Harbor Town before the cruise was a challenge and it was disappointing that the captain wouldn't pose for any pictures with the kids afterwards, but overall . . . an excellent cruise!
A fun experience
Joseph_L, Jul 2021
Seeing the faces of my grandkids when they say the dolphins swimming near the boat was great. Get there early if it is hot, so you can get a seat below deck in the shade.
Don't do it
Debra_M, Jul 2021
Did not get to enjoy trip. Go for the cheaper dolphin trip. Spent 90 dollars and another 9 on top for non existent parking and missed the boat. No call backs no contact, very disappointing
Catherine_S, Jul 2021
We were celebrating our granddaughter's 7th Birthday - the Dolphin Cruise was perfect! The crew were wonderful and we saw so many dolphins - definitely will recommend to friends!!!
Great tour, saw dolphins within 5 minutes!
Michael_R, Jul 2021
It can not be the standard, but we weren't 5 minutes from the pier before we were seeing dolphins! The boat was clean, the operators friendly, and they deck hands walked the ship regularly to make sure everyone was safe and comfortable. The snack bar also sold soft drinks, which was fantastic. Really enjoyed the tour, the sights, and the explanation of the Dafuskie and HHI landmarks. Great trip, enjoyed by my whole family including my teenage sister in laws and my young kids. Thanks again!


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