Premium Private Tours

Island Explorer is the exclusive tour operator on Hilton Head Island to offer only Premium Private Tours on all excursions. All life in the salt marsh revolves around the tides. Our trips are designed with this in mind, therefore our schedule changes daily with these tides.  

Your family or group will have the entire 12-Passenger boat to yourselves with no other guests on board.

This unique experience will focus on your family's individual interests. These trips are about you - what you want to see, do, and learn. Our US Coast Guard licensed Master Captain naturalists will provide a safe, exciting, and educational experience.

For each Premium Private Tour there is a minimum fee which includes up to six guests. Additional guests up to 12 total may join your group for additional cost per person. With three vessels we can accommodate up to 36 guests on each tour.

OUR Most Popular Tours

1 Hour Tour

May - Sept. Only
Up to 6 Guests

$180.00

Per Person
Payment for 6 required for each Premium Private Tour with a total of 12 maximum at additional cost.

Our one hour Discovery tour is a great introduction to Hilton Head Island's beautiful salt marsh environment and dolphin habitat.

It's perfect for younger children, senior citizens, or anyone that wants a shorter time on the water.

This trip gives you the intimate small boat experience for the big boat price.

2 Hour Tour

Dolphins & Nature
Up to 6 Guests

$295.00

$35 Kids
Payment for 6 required for each Premium Private Tour with a total of 12 maximum at additional cost.

Our two hour Dolphin Encounter and nature tour brings our guests the best of Hilton Head Island.

Experience dolphins and nature up close and cover miles of scenery from the salt marshes of Broad Creek to the Calibogue Sound.

See more dolphins and enjoy more scenery on the best two hour boat tour on Hilton Head Island.

3 Hour Tour

Beach combing
Up to 6 Guests

$395.00

$55 Kids
Payment for 6 required for each Premium Private Tour with a total of 12 maximum at additional cost.

Our most popular tour takes you through the Broad Creek salt marshes, across the Calibogue Sound, and out to the remote "Vanishing Island™" which is exposed only at low tide.

You'll step off the boat and stroll the sand bars and shallow waters looking for sand dollars and shells.

Experience beach combing available to only the few.

Sunset Cruise

Dolphins & Nature
Up to 6 Guests

$315.00

$35 Kids
Payment for 6 required for each Premium Private Tour with a total of 12 maximum at additional cost.

Our sunset cruise takes you through the cooler, calm evening out to the Calibogue Sound to view a beautiful sunset over the water.

It's a great time of day to spend a relaxing time with friends and romantic moments with loved ones.

The time around sunset is a great time to see playful dolphins and beautiful water birds flying and feeding.

See Dolphins And Nature Up Close

Island Explorer conducts personalized dolphin and nature eco-tours specializing in intimate, small group excursions.  

Our  custom-built 12-Passenger Carolina Skiffs will accommodate large families or groups.  View our fleet of boats.

Watch our videos or read an article about Island Explorer by Discover South Carolina.

During the summer and early fall we occasionally offer a special expedition in search of dolphin "strand feeding."

Dolphin Strand Feeding

The Perfect Family Adventure

Kids of all ages, parents, and grandparents can share the experience of a family adventure on Hilton Head Island with Island Explorer.

Your safety and comfort are our primary concern. And we make it fun!

Our Captains are among the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and most entertaining you'll find anywhere, and they all have years of experience in waters around Hilton Head Island.