Since 1983, the best cruise value for your dollar! The 80-foot double deck cruise ship Holiday departs from Dock C at Shelter Cove Harbour. Inspected and licensed by the US Coast Guard, the Holiday has a snack bar and restrooms on board, with inside, open and shaded seating available. The ticket office is located at Harborside III. Please contact 843-785-4558 to book any of these cruises.
Dolphin Watch Cruises
1 hour 45 minute narrated cruise features 45 points of interest including bottle nose dolphin, local knowledge and scenery.
Departs Mon-Fri at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM only
2 hour cruise
Summer Schedule: Departs Mon-Sat at 7:00 PM only
Fireworks Sunset Cruise
2 hour cruise each tuesday evening to watch the Harbourfest fireworks.
Summer Schedule (June - August) Departs Tuesday only at 7:00 PM
Fin-atic Nature Cruises & Fishing Charters
Explore the backwaters and salt marshes of Hilton Head and surrounding islands aboard the Fin-atic. Seating up to 11 passengers, the Fin-atic will bring you up close with dolphins and great birding on the guided nature tour or enjoy fishing the Carolina coast for the perfect catch on a fishing charter. Captain Miles Altman's intimate knowledge of the area and its wildlife will satisfy even the most experienced fishermen and nature lovers.
The 26-foot Fin-atic weaves its way along the backwaters and salt marshes of Hilton Head Island and the adjacent Sea Islands of the Carolina coast, encountering dolphins, fish and all manner of birds along the way.
2 Hours $240
$100 for each additional hour
*Above price is for 6 or less passengers. Add $25 for each additional passenger*
Outside Hilton Head Activities:
Outside Hilton Head's staff of boat captains, all duly licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, and interpretive naturalists will provide an experience that guests will remember for years. Outside Hilton Head specializes in providing high-quality, unique, personalized boating experiences on its fleet of Cobia deck boats and custom-designed Carolina skiffs. Both boat models are stable and comfortable. They enable resort guests to enjoy the Lowcountry waterways, with their abundant bird and dolphin populations, and the salt marsh ecosystem. For true sightseeing pleasure, many boaters like to make their way down Broad Creek to Calibogue Sound and on to the world-famous Harbour Town Lighthouse. Reservations are required.
Departing from Shelter Cove Marina. Convenient mid-island location, free parking and no gate fees. Choose from activities listed below:
Two-Hour Dolphin Tour
This dolphin tour is a wonderful opportunity to spend two hours exploring Lowcountry waterways, home to birds, dolphins, and the salt marsh ecosystem. Travel down Broad Creek and into Calibogue Sound where the distinctive Harbour Town Lighthouse awaits. The boats are stable, comfortable and small enough to get encounter wildlife in surprisingly close proximity. A trip through Calibogue Sound results in many encounters with dolphins. If time permits, the captain may throw a cast net along the banks of the marsh and to display the shrimp and small fish in their marshy habitat.
Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Excursion
This program begins with a boat ride from Hilton Head through the backcountry marshes to Daufuskie Island. Along the way you'll have great opportunities to view wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and other wildlife. Once on Daufiskie you will get on golf carts and take a tour of the historic and less developed side of the island stopping at all of the significant historic sites and artisans' residences with an interpretive historian on the island. Cost: $85 per person
This popular tour ventures off to neighboring islands and remote shell banks. A three-hour tour, the Beachcoming Trip incorporates the Two-Hour Dolphin Tour with the added bonus of a shore excursion at a shell bank or on the beaches of legendary Daufuskie Island. Beachcombers may search for shells, sand dollars, crabs, starfish, and the occasional sharks tooth or Native American artifact. Trips depart daily at low tide, so please call for departure times.
Our most popular half-day tour is a 4 1/2 hour program that involves a little less than 2 hours of kayaking. This program combines a beautiful lowcountry boat tour with a great calm water paddle. The trip begins with a boat ride through the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge and some gorgeous backwater creeks and inlets to Page Island. On Page we will board kayaks and head up a beautiful creek. Then we will return to Hilton Head Island using a different route. Trips are Wedneday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. - 1:30pm. Cost: $85 per person
The Ultimate Lowcountry Day
The Ultimate Lowcountry Day is a completely private program customized for each individual group or family. We'll give you a menu of activities to choose from, and then customize the day just for you. Every Ultimate Lowcountry Day includes: a lot of backwater boating, all of your activities, staffing, equipment use, and snacks and refreshments. The 7-hour program also includes lunch. This is offered in 5 or 7-hour formats: