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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 843-842-7002 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.

2 hr4 hr6 hr8 hr
$195$335$440$500

Outside Hilton Head Rentals
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996

Nature & Adventure Tours

Boats at the Marina
Beachcombing Trip

The Beachcombing trip combines the popular 90-minute Dolphin Eco Cruise with an extra hour to get out onto remote Hilton Head shell banks and beaches. You'll search for shells, sand dollars, crabs, starfish and the occasional shark's tooth or ancient Indian artifacts. The program is 3 hours long, scheduled around Hilton Head's low tide.


Outside Hilton Head
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996
Cost: $65 - adults, $60 - child 12 and under, children 2 and under ride free.


Boats at the Marina
Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Excursion

This program begins with a boat tour 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 Daufuskie 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.

Outside Hilton Head
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996
Cost: $85 per person, Children 12 and under half price


Boats at the Marina
The Outback

This 4.5 hour program starts off with a boat tour from Hilton Head through some beautiful backwater creeks and inlets. The destination is Outside Hilton Head's own private chain of islands located behind Daufuskie Island, called Page Island. When you arrive you will feel like you are at the location of a 'Survivor' show. Once on the island, we will get into kayaks and paddle the beautiful surrounding creeks and inlets. Very few people get to paddle this area, since it can only be accessed via powerboat. It is a calm-water paddle with fantastic views and lots of Hilton Head wildlife.

Outside Hilton Head
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996
Cost: $85 - adult, children 12 and under half price


Boats at the Marina
The Ultimate Lowcountry Day

On this completely custom designed program, choose from a menu of activities to build your Ultimate Day here in Hilton Head! Options include: extensive backwater boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, private island exploration, dolphin watching, tubing, cast-net throwing, fishing and crabbing, birding, beachcombing, shell-hunting, or visits to Daufuskie, Savannah and Beaufort. Cost includes all of your activities, staffing, equipment, as well as light snacks and refreshments.

Outside Hilton Head
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996
5 Hour Tour: Flat rate of $525 for up to 5 people. Additional adults: $95. Additional children under 12: $47.50.
7 Hour Tour: Flat rate of $735 for up to 5 people. Additional adults: $145. Additional children under 12: $72.50.


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
Local: 843-785-4558


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
Local: 843-785-4558

Boats at the Marina
Fin-atic Fireworks & Dolphin Cruise

For seating up to 12 passengers. The Fin-atic will bring you up close with dolphins and enjoy the great annual HarbourFest fireworks every Tuesday night in the summer. Take a ride with Captain Miles Altman on this must-do cruise. 4th of July cruise not available.

Fin-atic
Local: 843.842.7002
Cost: 2 ½ Hours leaves at 6:45 p.m. and ends after fireworks, $200 minimum for 4 people or $50 per adult and $45 per child. Private tours for $795.


Dolphin Cruises

Boats at the Marina
Dolphin Eco Tour - Outside Hilton Head

During this small-group tour, you'll cruise down Hilton Head's Broad Creek and other local waterways, areas that have a large and active population of wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. The boats are stable, comfortable and small enough to have close-up encounters with wildlife, without adversely affecting their behavior. The US Coast Guard licensed captains are also trained Interpretive Naturalists. 90 minute boat cruise. Tours depart daily each morning, afternoon and sunset. Call for today's available times!

Outside Hilton Head
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996
Cost: $45 per adult, $35 per child 12 and under, children 2 and under ride free. Ask about our Marina Mammal Monday Special!


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
Local: 843.842.7002
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
Local: 843-785-4558
Summer Schedule: Departs Mon-Fri at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM only


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.

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 $350. Each additional hour $100.
Six-passenger maximum.
Local: 843.842.7002

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.


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 Adventures

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.backwateradventure.com
Local: 843.300.8556
Call for rates. Available in March 2016.


Boats at the Marina
Wakesports

The Centurion 24 foot towboat offers adventurous activity options on the inner coastal South Carolina waterways, ideal for families, corporate groups & friends. Customers have the choice of wakeboarding, wakesurfing, wakeskating, waterskiing, kneeboarding or tubing. Even if you are just along for the boat ride the Centurion guaranties an exciting 3-hour experience that in addition to wakesports will include coastal wildlife scenery and often your party will site a dolphin or two. Island Wakesports instructors have over 10 years experience and are USCG lincensed. Professional grade equipment is provided.

Island Wakesports
Local: 843.842.7002
Rates: 3-hour private charter $325


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
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996


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
Local: 843.686.6996
Toll Free: 800.686.6996

4 hr5 hr
$475$575

Lagoon Charters
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!.

Your Adventure Headquarters
Your Adventure Headquarters

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