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Island Explorer

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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
+1 843-785-2100
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My friend and I booked this at the spur of the moment and it ended up being a highlight of our... read more

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jangreensid
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
Lots of sand dollars and dolphins

Our trip with Captain Zach to the Vanishing Island was incredible. We saved the trip for our last... read more

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With over 30 years experience in dolphin and nature cruises around Hilton Head Island, Capt. Jim Harkins and Island Explorer offers unique and memorable tours. With both 12-passenger and 6-passenger boats, Island Explorer can accommodate large families or groups and still offer intimate experiences.You may choose a Sunset Cruise, a 1-Hour Introductory Tour (only offered during the summer months), a 2-Hour Dolphin and Nature Excursion, or our 3-Hour Vanishing Island Expedition. On our popular expedition to "Vanishing Island" you'll view the dolphins, cross the Calibogue Sound, and have the opportunity to disembark on a secluded sandbar to search for sand dollars at the low tide. Evening Sunset Cruises will bring you to beauty of the Hilton Head sunsets along with scenic views of the marshlands, birds, and dolphins that make the Lowcountry special. During the summer months join us for a Tuesday night Fireworks Cruise. Our captains are experienced, friendly, and informative. Our mid-island location is convenient to every resort on Hilton Head. Parking is always free, and there are no gate fees. Our boats are docked at the popular island restaurant, The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant at 101 Marshland Road. With years of experience on Hilton Head Island and variety of unique cruises, Island Explorer will treat you to a memorable experience for your family or group.
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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
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Reviewed yesterday

My friend and I booked this at the spur of the moment and it ended up being a highlight of our trip. Beautiful scenery and our Captain was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about the area and got to see a lot...More

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Our trip with Captain Zach to the Vanishing Island was incredible. We saved the trip for our last day of vacation and he did not disappoint. We had 3 small children with us and he did a great job of educating them on the wildlife...More

Thank Kelli D
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's been several weeks since our dolphin tour on HHI since we had extended travels after that, but what wonderful memories. We saw many dolphins along the tour but even better was the info provided by our Captain Mitch. Whether it was about the animal/fish...More

Thank Suze_n_AZ
IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Sue, Thanks for taking time to write such a thorough and kind review of your experience with Captain Mitch and Island Explorer. We believe that we have the best captains on Hilton Head Island, so it means a lot to hear such nice compliments...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great evening. Captain Mitch was engaging, knowledgeable, and fun. Our family was together to honor our Mother who passed away a while ago. She had lived on Hilton Head and we wanted to remember her in a special way. Our private charter...More

Thank Pete C
IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Pete, Captain Mitch and everyone at Island Explorer sincerely appreciate your kind words and 5-Star review. It was an honor for us to be chosen for your special family experience, and we hope that you can all come and recount your special memories any...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

When my family visited from Sweeteater, TN they wanted to see wild dolphins and they wanted to take home as many seashells as possible. I'm so glad we waited until the last day of their trip to take this tour because it was basically a...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Captain at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Stacey, What a pleasure to have you and your family on board our Island Explorer boat for an expedition to "Vanishing Island." We could not be happier to hear to that you all had a "GREAT time." Our mission at Island Explorer is to...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Captain Zack was wonderful! My entire family had a great time watching the dolphins and collecting shells on the disappearing island. The trip was the perfect addition to our Hilton Head stay!More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Captain Zach and the entire crew at Island Explorer are thrilled to hear that you and your grandchildren has such a wonderful time on our "Vanishing Island" expedition. It's our mission to offer every guest a unique and memorable experience. We're sure that your grandchildren...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We absolutely loved it! We found so many sand dollars and shells! The kids loved it! Captain Rick was great!!!More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Captain at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Brandy, Thanks for taking time to write such a flattering review. Everyone at Island Explorer is delighted to know that your tour to "Vanishing Island" was "Amazing!" It was a pleasure to have you and your family on board, and it's nice to know...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Was a very relaxing tour, lots of dolphin sightings! Zach was a great tour guide and had lots of information and interesting tid bits to share about the area. Well worth it. The kids loved it and the adults did too!!More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Cary, Everyone at Island Explorer was so happy to read your great review, and Captain Zach is quite flattered to be called "awesome." All of our captains are chosen and trained to offer a safe, fun, and education experience for both kids and adults....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

we had a great time and the Vanishing Island is worth the trip! Bring a bucket or container to collect some sand dollars and shells.More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Amanda, Thanks for taking time to leave such a nice 5-Star review for Island Explorer. We're delighted to hear that you found our "Vanishing Island" expedition "fantastic for the family." We hope you'll come see us again on your next visit to Hilton Head...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to see dolphins, neighboring islands, and learn a bit of history. Be sure to book to go out or come in on low tide, so you can see the oyster beds. Fascinating! Thanks to Captain Rich for an entertaining, informative, beautiful two hours...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're delighted to know that you had "quite a ride" on your 2-Hour Dolphin & Nature tour with Captain Rich on the Island Explorer. Choosing a low tide tour does offer some unique opportunities to see wildlife, especially the oyster beds. Captain Rich appreciates your...More

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barbra w
27 September 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
We usually begin offering tours in late February or early March depending on the weather. Our schedule should be posted in early January. Feel free to call us on your arrival, and we'll make an effort to work something out... More
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Glen O
25 September 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hi Glen, We will definitely be operating. The recent storms have not impacted our business or tours. Come on down! Let us know if you have further questions.
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Lisa C
20 April 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
There are no bathrooms on the boats, but could stop at a marina if needed. There is a ladder for getting back on the boat.
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