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Benefits of booking with Palmetto Dunes:

  • Up to 20% off resort dining, bike rentals, golf and more!
  • Complimentary Tennis & Pickleball court time when available.
  • Save more when you stay longer! Ask our vacation rental experts.
  • Palmetto Dunes Rentals are exclusively for 3 – 7 nights.
  • Some rentals may require Saturday to Saturday summer stays.

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Benefits of playing at Palmetto Dunes:

  • Book online in advance and save up to 30%!
  • Multi-round rates available. Call to start saving.
  • Three distinct and memorable championship courses you'll love to come back to. Which one will be your favorite?

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Benefits of renting at Palmetto Dunes:

  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
  • Free delivery/pickup for 3+ day rentals. On-site hourly rentals available. Same day delivery available before 4 p.m.
  • Island's largest assortment of bikes, kayaks/canoes & beach accessories.

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Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

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Water Sports

With three miles of expansive beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and a unique lagoon system that winds its way through three spectacular golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is the ideal venue for Hilton Head water sports. Rent a canoe, learn how to use a kayak, take surfing lessons, go water skiing or fishing - there are more choices here at our Hilton Head Island beachfront resort than at any other location in the Southeast.

There is, quite simply, more to do, more to enjoy and more to learn and experience with a Palmetto Dunes vacation.

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Boat Rentals

One activity Palmetto Dunes guests simply love is the opportunity to explore the coastal waterways around Hilton Head Island on a 20-foot pontoon boat that accommodates up to 12 passengers comfortably. Because the island's winters are relatively mild, year-round rentals are available at Shelter Cove Marina. Rates include the cost of fuel. And 6% S.C. sales tax will be applied to the total. $20 property insurance is optional. Reservations are required.

2 hr 4 hr 6 hr 8 hr
$195 $335 $440 $500

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Canoes & Kayaks

There's no better way to navigate Palmetto Dunes' 11 miles of scenic lagoons than on a kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters. The lagoon's calm waters wind through the neighborhoods and golf courses of the resort, offering opportunities to commune with native birds, mammals and the Coastal Carolina ecosystem. Any morning spent on the lagoon is entertaining, informative and just plain fun. Or, choose a canoe or kayak at Shelter Cove Marina and go exploring the saltwater environment of Broad Creek. Either way, you're sure to have lots of fun! You can rent canoes & kayaks online for 24+ hours. Call Hilton Head Outfitters at 866-650-4125 for more information.

Surf Lessons

Learn to surf! Join Hilton Head Outfitters to master the waves. This educational Surf Lesson emphasizes safety and the basic fundamentals of surfing. Hilton Head Outfitters offers 7' and 9' soft top boards, skim boards and boogie boards.

Ocean Paddleboards

A whole new way to explore the water - try your hand at a stand-up paddleboarding. Enjoy paddleboarding at the beach where you can ride the waves. This activity is sure to give you a great workout! Board rentals start at $29.99 for the first hour plus $12 for each additional hour. You can rent online for 24 hrs+. Call Hilton Head Outfitters at 866-650-4125 for more information.

Catch-and-Release Lagoon Fishing

Stop at Hilton Head Outfitters and select a light tackle to go after large redfish, sea trout, bluefish and flounder - all in the resort's own unique 11-mile lagoon system. If you prefer a guided trip, we can arrange for catch-and-release lagoon fishing departing from the Outfitters shop. Choose from two, three or four-hour fishing trips or nature trips with Capt. Trent Malphrus, a knowledgeable and experienced hand, at the helm. Call Hilton Head Outfitters at 866-650-4125 for more information.

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Family Ski Day

Family Ski Day is a private charter for up to 6 people. The program begins with a ride from Shelter Cove Marina to the towing grounds. The towing grounds are a beautiful, calm-water, secluded creek. There, you will have several hours for tubing, water-skiing, wake-boarding, and kneeboarding. The boat is equipped with all the gear and your Captain is a certified instructor. Includes all equipment, boat, fuel and your USCG licensed Captain who is also a certified towing sports instructor. 6 person maximum. This is a private excursion.

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Backwater Cat Adventure

Tour Hilton Head Island's marshlands from a CraigCat, a surprisingly unique watercraft NEW at Shelter Cove Marina. It's a two seat, down-low compact power catamaran that reaches speeds up to 30 miles per hour. And you drive it yourself! With its shallow draft, stable low center of gravity, comfortable bucket seats, easy to operate controls, and bimini top, this sporty runabout is the perfect way to tour the marshes and open waters of the Lowcountry. Professionally guided sightseeing and nature tours are available in the morning, afternoon and at sunset. They also offer a special HarbourFest Fireworks Tour during the summer.

All equipment (including life vests) and bottled water are included. Must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license to drive and 5 years or older to be a passenger. As a courtesy your guide will take pictures and email them to you after your adventure.

Phone: (855) 869-3480

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Bike Rentals for Everyone

Hilton Head Outfitters features the island’s largest bike rental fleet. Choose from beach cruisers, comfort bikes, tandems, kids bikes, tag-a-longs, kiddie carts and more. Plus bike equipment, accessories, sales and repair.

Dunes House Oceanfront Dining

Famous for the best fish tacos on the Hilton Head Island! The Dunes House serves casual lunch and dinner oceanside with live entertainment select evenings. Sit at the outdoor bar and cool off with one of the signature frozen drinks.