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Island Explorer

#2 of 88 Tours in Hilton Head Features Animals
101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
+1 843-785-2100
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Wonderful Sunset cruise with Captain Cody

We were greeted by Captain Mitch and Captain Cody upon arrival. They were friendly and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday
melissaloyrn
Best part of our vacation!

We signed up for the Vanishing Island Tour and were super lucky to be on Captain Cody's boat. He... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
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Burlington, Vermont
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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

We were greeted by Captain Mitch and Captain Cody upon arrival. They were friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I had Captain Cody on the sunset cruise. I would recommend this to friends. I would do it again.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We signed up for the Vanishing Island Tour and were super lucky to be on Captain Cody's boat. He was both knowledgeable and humorous and great with the kids. He went out of his way to ensure we saw dolphins on our trip and we...More

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Thank Mary H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Capt Cody was amazing and very knowledgeable. Went the extra mile to make sure my 5 year old was included during the tour! Highly recommend for all ages!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a fabulous sunset cruise for our family of 12 (4yr-76yr olds) to celebrate my husband's birthday! Island Explorers was helpful in rebooking to accommodate a family illness and quickly rescheduled the cruise. Captain Mitch was super knowledgeable about the eco-system, dolphins, history of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great tour! Small group of people made it an intimate experience. Tour Guide Cody was great! Would definately recommend.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The excursion was awesome. Captain Jim was so knowledgeable and personable. Vanishing island was amazing.More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking time to write such a nice review about your experience with Captain Jim and the Island Explorer. We're delighted to know that you found "Vanishing Island" to be "amazing" and your excursion to be "awesome." The whole crew appreciates your 5-Star review,...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great time! Two hour sunset cruise with lots of dolphins and great scenery. Our host, Captain Cody was great!! Informative, engaging and at the same time let us enjoy the beauty and the dolphins which were plentiful!More

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

Thanks for taking time to leave such a nice review. We're delighted to hear that you had a "great time" on your 2-Hour Sunset Cruise. Captain Cody appreciates your compliments, too. It's our mission to offer every guest a fun and educational experience along with...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

The dolphins were amazing and we had no trouble spotting them feeding at the creek mouths. The disappearing sandbar had tons of shells and sand dollars. It was awesome. Captain Zach was very friendly and helped to make it a fun and enjoyable experience.More

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

Nothing makes us happier than hearing that our tour was your "favorite part of the vacation." Captain Zach and the whole Island Explorer crew really appreciates your kind words and 5-Star rating. It's our goal to give every guest a "fun and enjoyable experience," so...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just got back from our disappearing island tour and want to give a shoutout to Capt Cody. He knows everything about the native birds and sea animals and was very personable. We saw numerous dolphins and enjoyed exploring the sandbar. It was much larger than...More

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

Hello Mindy, Captain Cody thanks you for your kind words and compliments, and everyone at Island Explorer appreciates your wonderful 5-Star review. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our "Vanishing Island" expedition, and we hope you'll return to Hilton Head Island soon and...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth the money. Saw more dolphins than we could count. Finding all the shells and sand dollars on the "vanishing island" was a great experience. Captain Zack was informative, fun and helpful to everyone getting off the boat and back into it. Highly recommended...More

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

Hi Debby, Captain Zach and the whole crew at Island Explorer thank you for your great review and 5-Star rating. We're so happy that you had a great time and consider the tour "well worth the money." It's our goal to offer every guest a...More

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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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FamFive1
25 February 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hi There, The two hour is fine, the nine month old will likely go to sleep after half an hour of so, the 2.5 yr. old will have a blast. One hour is also good if you want to see how they react to the experence. You can always... More
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Priscilla W
17 February 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Sure and what a great time to be there, go to our website Dolphin Tours Hilton Head . Com you will see a calendar there that has the timing for all of our trips. Look forward to seeing you on the dock.
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