Offered March-Oct.

DATE

3 Hours

DURATION

UP To 12 Guests

At Additional Cost

From $395

Up to 6 Guests

Dolphin Strand Feeding 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.

Dolphin Strand Feeding

Our Three-Hour Dolphin Strand Feeding Expedition starts at The Old Oyster Factory docks near the headwaters of Broad Creek. As we glide through the Lowcountry Salt Marsh, you'll watch for dolphins, birds, and beautiful scenery.

In Search Of Strand Feeding...

Leaving Broad Creek, our fast, comfortable expedition boat brings us quickly across the Calibogue (pronounced "Kali-Bogee") Sound, past Daufuskie Island, and all the way to the backwater creeks and estuaries around Bull Island.

In these secluded backwater creeks we are sometimes lucky enough to catch dolphins "strand feeding" - a unique activity among dolphins in the Lowcounty.

A Unique Experience

Dolphin strand feeding is a unique activity of dolphins in the Lowcountry in which a small group of 3 to 5 male dolphins rush the smooth, muddy banks of shallow backwater creeks and push a batch of fish onto the shore.  The dolphins strand themselves on the shore to eat the fish and then wiggle back into the water to swim away with their meal in their stomach.

Something For Everyone

Choose a cool, early morning trip. Bask in the midday sun. Or enjoy the serentity of a Hilton Head sunset. We offer cruises throughout the day.

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.

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.

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.

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.