We Specialize In Dolphins and Nature

Island Explorer conducts personalized dolphin and nature eco-tours, specializing in small groups. We offer custom-built twelve passenger boats, that use the latest in quiet engine and low-emission technology.

Our Mission

Island Explorer focuses on nature, scenery, wildlife, and positive family friendly experiences.

We are specialists in the Lowcountry experience. Our captains are specially chosen and trained to be knowledgeable and entertaining guides.

We adapt to every situation whether our guests are the youngest children or the most serious professional photographers.

On our tours, we hope you will meet like-minded individuals who enjoy the beauty of the Lowcounty.

Our Goal

Island Explorer focuses on the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island and offers insight and education about our complex and vibrant eco-system.

Guests have wonderful opportunities for taking exceptional photos and for learning more about dolphins and other Lowcountry wildlife.

And most important, we want to give your family or group a fun and exciting, one-in-a-lifetime experience.

We follow the Dolphin Smart guidelines for responsible dolphin viewing in their natural habitat without harassment or interference.

Why Choose Us?

  • Over 30 years experience

  • Professional captains

  • The best boats

  • Small group experience

  • We love kids and families

  • Eco-friendly business

  • Perfect safety record

  • Best price and value

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The Best Boats

Island Explorer offers perfectly designed twelve passenger boats that can accommodate small and large families and groups.  Larger groups can reserve two or three boats and bring the whole crew.  Our US Coast Guard certified 12-passenger Carolina Skiffs are custom-built for Island Explorer and designed to offer the smoothest and safest cruise on the island.

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Explore

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HAve Fun

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Island Expedition

Our Island Expedition boat is a Novurania 550DL, a top-of-the-line hard-bottom inflatable craft. This model is much sought after by sport boat enthusiasts and large yacht owners. The deep-V hull and integrated forward fuel and water tanks contribute to a very smooth and stable ride. Its multi-chamber tube and foam-filled hull give the Novurania exceptional flotation and stability. 

The Expedition is perfectly designed for our Beachcomber and Backwater tours where we take you off the beaten path to explore Hilton Head Island's most exciting locations. With seating in the bow, console and along the inflatable sides, this boat can easily accomodate up to six persons.

Island Explorer 2

Brand new in 2011, our Island Explorer 2 is based on a 27-foot Carolina Skiff, heavily customized to Island Explorer specifications and according to the regulations of the US Coast Guard for a 12-Passenger certified tour vessel. With comfortable cushioned seating for up to 12 adults and full viewing in all directions, this is the perfect boat to get your large family or group close to the dolphins and nature found around Hilton Head Island.

The Island Explorer 2 carries a shallow draft making it perfect for easy landings at Vanishing Island and a great boat to navigate the shallow waters of the Lowcountry marshes. Seating along the sides of the boat offer great viewing in every direction. Two seats in front of the console are protected from the sunlight by our bimini T-top. Whether you want sun or shade, there is a perfect seat for you on the Island Explorer 2.

Island Explorer 3

Brand new in 2012, our Island Explorer 3 is based on a 27-foot Carolina Skiff, heavily customized to Island Explorer specifications and according to the regulations of the US Coast Guard for a 12-Passenger certified tour vessel. With comfortable cushioned seating for up to 12 adults and full viewing in all directions, this is the perfect boat to get your large family or group close to the dolphins and nature found around Hilton Head Island.

The Island Explorer 3 carries a shallow draft making it perfect for easy landings at Vanishing Island and a great boat to navigate the shallow waters of the Lowcountry marshes. Seating along the sides of the boat offer great viewing in every direction. Two seats in front of the console are protected from the sunlight by our bimini T-top. Whether you want sun or shade, there is a perfect seat for you on the Island Explorer 3.

The Best Captains

Our Captains are among the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and most entertaining on Hilton Head Island.  They have years of experience in waters around Hilton Head Island.  All of our captains are US Coast Guard licensed Master Captains.

Capt. Jim

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Capt. Rich

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