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Hilton Head Sunset Dolphin Watching Cruise

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From $47.65

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy sunset views and scan the water for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on this dolphin-watching cruise off the coast of South Carolina. The frequency of dolphin sightings makes this cruise ideal for those hoping to catch photos of the majestic sea creatures. Plus, throughout the cruise, you can learn about dolphins and your surroundings from an on-board naturalist.
  • Relax while watching dolphins on a sunset cruise
  • Enjoy alcoholic beverages (available for purchase) as you watch the sunset
  • Capture photos of the iconic Haig Point lighthouse in the evening light
  • Depart from the picturesque Harbour Town Yacht Basin

What's Included

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

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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

    The Vagabond Cruise reservation office is located just to the right of the Harbour Town Lighthouse and is labeled (Charter Information). The Vagabond vessel is located directly on the dock in front of the Lighthouse.

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
  • 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 Sunset Dolphin Watching 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 Sunset Dolphin Watching 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 Sunset Dolphin Watching 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 Sunset Dolphin Watching Cruise?

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

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197 reviews
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Pros and cons
Zachary_G, Jun 2022
I showed up 30 minutes early… it took me 25 minutes to find a parking spot… I ran a quarter mile and watched the boat drive off. (As a visitor, I wish I knew more about the sea pines area, The lack of parking the far walk when you finally find a parking spot.) Super unfortunate. Honestly, I saw dolphins from the shore line and watch the sunset. So this trip really cost $100 just to be on a boat. Sea pines is nice though, nice shops, nice meals, beautiful water.
Dolphin watching
Darnella_P, Jun 2022
The experience was awesome! I would recommend you doing the trip for the experience. The atmosphere was good. The staff was very not very and helpful
Brooke_W, Apr 2022
Friendly crew, snacks, soda and alcohol. Saw lots of dolphins up close! Boat moves very slow so no worries about "sea sickness"
Great trip
Lori_Y, Apr 2022
Learning and seeing the history of Daufuskie Island was the best and watching g the sunset . The wait to get boarded was way too long but there was a mechanical issue. But overall best sunset cruise we’ve taken .
Quick getaway
Shannon_M, Apr 2022
Beautiful grounds. Lots of areas to sit and relax. Friendly staff. Over priced food and drinks. Garden view room is really a fishbowl looking at pool with pool guest looking back at you.
Wonderful cruise!
Melissa_F, Apr 2022
We saw so many dolphins! Wonderful cruise! Staff was super friendly and the pictures taken at the beginning of the cruise are a fun keepsake and reasonably priced.
Friendly and...
Rajeev_P, Apr 2022
Friendly and accommodating staff that waited for us though we were running late. Cruise was pleasant and we saw dolphins without being too aggressive
Mother Nature at work.
Marilyn_S, Apr 2022
Was amazed at the way the. Oyster shells form a “border” for the marsh. Mother Nature does it again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We did see dolphins, but.....
Betsy_B, Oct 2021
The tour lived up to expectations, in so far as we did see some dolphins. However, the cruise tour guide was very boring, droning on and on about inconsequential things: such as, the different species of plants in the various marshes. He has to realize that not every moment on the cruise needs to be filled with his talking. The lovely scenery and the prospect of dolphin sightings often times were enough. To be fair, he WAS knowledgeable, but he doesn't have to talk ALL of the time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lovely & Amazing
Leonard_P, Oct 2021
Didn’t see many dolphins 🐬 but when we did it was amazing!!! Can’t wait to do it again. I would say everyone should do it At least once.
Sunset Dolphin Tour
Audrey_C, Oct 2021
Great tour. The staff was friendly. Met a lot of nice people. The views were beautiful. We saw a lot of dolphins.
Awesome Experience
James_C, Oct 2021
Lots of dolphins and a beautiful sunset. Captain was very informative and made sure we saw as many dolphins as possible.
Not worth it. You can see the same dolphins and sunset from the beach.
Peter_Y, Oct 2021
I would say this was a very average experience. Frankly, they captain seemed like he had been out all day and was over it and didn’t want to be out there. Dolphin activity was a minimum and the boat didn’t really go anywhere. I thought we might actually head out somewhere and cruise for a bit but you just hang out in the harbor.
Nice tour and great guide
Sarah_K, Sep 2021
The boat narrator did an excellent job and was very entertaining. He pointed out wildlife and many dolphins were spotted. I wish this sunset tour would have started a little earlier due to it now getting dark fast. Besides that the trip was great by the tour, unfortunately no one can help if screaming babies are on board. :)
We had a pod of dolphins...
Kathy_M, Sep 2021
We had a pod of dolphins as soon as we left the dock. They were all around the boat along with babies! The captain was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of information.
Cruising in the Sunset
Jason_D, Sep 2021
Very relaxing sunset cruise. We enjoyed watching the dolphins. The crew was helpful and the captain was very knowledgeable about the Hilton Head Island.
Must to see!!!!
Geetha_S, Sep 2021
Amazing dolphin show,Sunset and very serene boat ride. Vagabond crew was very friendly. Must watch the beautiful dolphins!!!
Saw dolphins! Enjoyed...
Becky_K, Sep 2021
Saw dolphins! Enjoyed tour guide and local knowledge! Made trip seem personal and casual..not programmed.
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Jennifer_G, Sep 2021
Wonderful experience! We saw approximately 15-20 dolphins. Enjoyed the captain’s commentary and the sunset was gorgeous! Highly recommend!
We saw dolphins galore!!
Mimi_W, Sep 2021
Loved it! We were out for 5 minutes before we started seeing dolphin. Very relaxing and the scenery was beautiful.


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