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

$225.00

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

$325.00

$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

$425.00

$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

$345.00

$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.

For The ultimate Experience
Arrange A Private Charter

For the ultimate experience on the water, arrange a private charter aboard one of Island Explorer's 12-passenger excursion craft. Work with our reservations team to design a day on the water that will encompass all of your desires.

We can take you anywhere in the area from the most popular harbors to the most remote locations.

Let us know your needs, and Island Explorer will design your perfect day on the water.
Private Charters

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Private charters

Have The Whole Boat To Yourselves

All 2020 tours will be Private Charters.
For your safety we will not be mixing families or groups.
There is a minimum charge of 6 guests to book a Private Charter.
For the minimum fee you may bring up to 6 guests. Fewer than 6 is fine.
Additional guests may be added up to a total of 12.

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Island Explorer Dolphin & Nature Tours offers the very best dolphin tours, eco-tours, sunset dolphin cruises, wild dolphin encounters, and dolphin discovery tours. Your family, kids, and groups will create lifetime memories by joining our HIlton Head Island wildlife and nature tours to experience dolphin encounters, beautiful island harbors and scenery, birds in their natural habitat, and relaxing boat cruises on the waters of the Lowcountry. We have been voted "number one dolphin tour" and "best on the island" many times and continue to offer the most affordable prices for the island's very best tours.