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Cruises & Water Sports

Shelter Cove Marina Cruises & Water Sports

The largest deep water marina on Hilton Head Island is home to the best variety of water sports and boat tours! With boat rentals, nature tours, dolphin cruises, sport crabbing, kayaking, paddleboarding and more, Shelter Cove Marina is the #1 destination for water sport adventures.

For information about fishing charters please explore the Fishing Charters page or call (855) 869-3480 to book a fishing charter.

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 boat 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, call (855) 869-3480.

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

Shelter Cove Marina Water Sports

There is MORE to do than just boating at Shelter Cove Marina! You're going to love your vacation at Palmetto Dunes and Hilton Head Island. Take a look at your choices for water sports out of the Marina.

Boats at the Marina
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.

http://www.backwatercatadventure.com
Phone: (855) 869-3480
Call for rates.


Boats at the Marina
Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Get out and explore the saltwater marshes of Hilton Head's Broad Creek, just outside the marina. It's entertaining, fun and educational!

Outside Hilton Head Rentals
Phone: (855) 869-3480


Boats at the Marina
Family Ski Day

Family Ski Day is a private charter for up to 6 people. The program begins with a ride from Hilton Head's Shelter Cove Marina to the towing grounds. The towing grounds are a beautiful, calm-water, secluded creek. There, you will have several hours for a variety of water sports, including 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.

Outside Hilton Head
Phone: (855) 869-3480

4 hr 5 hr
$475 $575

Sailing Charters

Boats at the Marina
Special "K" Sailing Charters

Sailors are a unique breed. They're only comfortable when the sheets are taut and the boat is heeling. Sportsmen who find this appealing may consider arranging for a relaxing sail aboard the "Special K," a 40-foot, private charter luxury yacht under the experienced hand of a fully qualified captain and crew. Visit us at www.hiltonheadsailingcharters.com.

book online

9 a.m. - Noon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. or 6 p.m. - 9 p.m, depending on sunset
All boat tours are three hours $425. Each additional hour $100. Six-passenger maximum.

Phone:
(855) 869-3480
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations not made with at least 48 hours notice are subject to full charter fees. Weather cancellations are determined by the captain only.


Nature & Adventure Tours

Boats at the Marina
Dolphin Seafari of Hilton Head

The Dolphin Seafari is a 30 foot covered pontoon boat with comfortable bench seating and a restroom on board. Sitting low and close to the water, gets you up close and personal with our wildlife and gives you optimal viewing of our salt marsh. With a friendly and accommodating staff, we love to educate about Hilton Head Island while we look for dolphins, egrets, herons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, sharks, pelicans, and even mermaids!

search & book online

Phone: (855) 869-3480
Call for pricing or view details and book online below.

Available Tours:
Find a Mermaid Tour | Search availability & book online
Dolphin Tour | Search availability & book online
Donuts with Dolphins | Search availability & book online
Mermaid Eco Tour | Search availability & book online
Marshside Mama's Dinner Cruise | Search availability & book online
Become a Mermaid | Search availability & book online
Oldtown Blufton Tour | Search availability & book online


Boats at the Marina
Fin-atic Dolphin & Nature Cruise

Explore the backwaters and salt marshes of Hilton Head and surrounding islands on a boat tour 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.

Fin-atic
Phone: (855) 869-3480
Cost: 2 Hours, $295 for 6 people & $595 for 7 people or more. Call for additional pricing.
Under 2 years old are free!


Boats at the Marina
Dolphin Watch Cruises - The Holiday

Since 1983, the best cruise value for your dollar! The 80-foot double deck cruise ship Holiday departs from Dock C at Hilton Head's 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. 1 hour 45 minute narrated boat tour features 45 points of interest including bottle nose dolphin, local knowledge and scenery.

Adventure Cruises with Captain Mark
Phone: (855) 869-3480
Summer Schedule: Departs Mon-Fri at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM only


Boats at the Marina
Outside Hilton Head Tours

Outside Hilton Head Shared Boating Tours offer great opportunities to explore Hilton Head from the water. Shared Boating Tours are scheduled daily from Shelter Cove Marina.

Outside Hilton Head offers several options for small group tours. The three hour Beachcombing Cruise is a family favorite. Take a tour over to a remote Vanishing Island where you will collect shells and see fantastic wildlife. The three hour Full Tide Discovery Tour is the Dolphin Tour designed for nature lovers. Scheduled daily at high tide, your Captain will use the increased water levels to get into remote creeks rarely explored. If you are looking for a shorter trip, opt for our ninety minute Dolphin Eco Tour.

In addition to Dolphin Tours, we offer Shared Boating Trips to Daufuskie Island. Or kayak remote creeks on their Outback Excursion which combines a boat ride to their private chain of islands with an over-the-top kayak tour of pristine backwater creeks.

Available tours:
90-Minute Dolphin Eco Tour
Full Tide Discovery Tour
Beachcombing Cruise
The Outback
Daufuskie History & Artisans Excursion
Ultimate Lowcountry Days


Phone: (855) 869-3480


Boats at the Marina
Sunset Cruises - The Holiday

The 80-foot double deck cruise ship Holiday departs from Dock C at Hilton Head's Shelter Cove Harbour. The Holiday includes a snack bar and restrooms on board, with inside, open and shaded seating available. 2 hour boat cruise each Tuesday evening to watch the Harbourfest fireworks. 2 hour boat cruise. Summer Schedule: Departs Monday - Saturday at 7:00 p.m. only.

Adventure Cruises with Captain Mark
Phone: (855) 869-3480


Fireworks Cruises

Boats at the Marina
Fireworks Sunset Cruises - The Holiday

The 80-foot double deck cruise ship Holiday departs from Dock C at Hilton Head's Shelter Cove Harbour. The Holiday includes a snack bar and restrooms on board, with inside, open and shaded seating available. 2 hour boat cruise each Tuesday evening to watch the Harbourfest fireworks. Summer Schedule (June - August) departs Tuesday only at 7:00 p.m.

Adventure Cruises with Captain Mark
Phone: (855) 869-3480

Lagoon Charters

Outfitter’s fishing charters and experienced guides will navigate you through our 11-mile lagoon, stocked with a variety of saltwater fish, to the ultimate fishing hotspots. Equipment is provided – just be sure to pack your good luck!.

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