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Island Explorer

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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
+1 843-785-2100
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Had a nice ride with captain Zach. Saw loads of dolphins. We were on a nice boat that was capable... read more

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Reviewed 6 June 2017
BradWuest
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Bluffton, South Carolina
Well worth it!!

Our captain, Jim was very informative and we were able to have multiple dolphin sightings. If you... read more

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Reviewed 5 June 2017
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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 6 June 2017

Had a nice ride with captain Zach. Saw loads of dolphins. We were on a nice boat that was capable of going fast but also very comfortable.

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thanks for joining Island Explorer for a tour. We're glad to know that you had a 5-Star experience. Captain Zach appreciates your kind words. We hope you'll join us again next time your visit Hilton Head Island.

Reviewed 5 June 2017

Our captain, Jim was very informative and we were able to have multiple dolphin sightings. If you have the chance do the sunset tour. It's beautiful seeing the sun set as you watch dolphins!More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Our thanks for your kind 5-Star review and compliments. Captain Jim, our owner, has over 30 years of experience around Hilton Head Island, and he really enjoys sharing his knowledge with our guests. Sunset tours are a great way to enjoy a peaceful evening on...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

We had a great trip to Vanishing Island, with Captain Zach. We were able to see a lot of dolphins, learn about the area, visit the island, and collect sand dollars. Captain Zach is very knowledgeable, and made the trip enjoyable. We would definitely recommend...More

Thank Lily E
IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hi Lily, We're glad to know that you had a "great trip" to "Vanishing Island." Captain Zach appreciates your kind words. He works very hard to offer our guests a great experience. Island Explorer appreciates your recommendation, and we hope you'll join us again in...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

Island Explorer offers a great tour of the Hilton Head's eco system. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts. The smaller boat makes for a very personalized, laid back experience. Also provides a great chance to see dolphins up close.More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hello Michael, We're so glad that you had a "great day on the water." At Island Explorer, our captains are carefully chosen and trained to offer a fun and educational experience, and our custom-built 12-passenger boats are specially designed to offer a personal experience and...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved our tour and I will be recommending this company to all friends and family who vacation on Hilton Head. Small groups and boat very comfortable. Captain Rick was fun and informative. We saw several dolphins and had a beautiful sunset. Could not...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Captain at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you so much for your great review and for recommending Island Explorer to your friends and family. We'll try to give them the same personal experience that our 12-passenger boats are designed for. It's our design and goal to give the private tour experience...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

We had the best time and best tour guide, Captain Cody! We saw beautiful dolphins, birds and two Manta Rays. Captain Cody was very friendly and a wonderful teacher!More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Captain Cody and the whole staff at Island Explorer really appreciate your 5-Star review. We're glad that you saw so many wonderful things and learned from Captain Cody. It's our goal at Island Explorer to give every guest a unique and memorable experience. We hope...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We had a great time on this tour with Captain Zach Sheds. He was was a great tour guide and his background as a comercial fisherman, charter boat captain and musician creates loads of opportunities for very interesting conversations. The kids had a great time...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hi Steve, Thanks for taking time to write such a great review of your experience with Captain Zach and Island Explorer. All of our captains have diverse and interesting backgrounds and are carefully chosen and trained to work for Island Explorer. Our "Vanishing Island" expedition...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Just got off the boat for our tour . Captain Cody was awesome. Very informative with tremendous knowledge of the eco system and surrounding areas. Loved seeing the dolphins and manta rays ... thanks Cody!!!! We appreciate your tour...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

You are so nice to write such a positive 5-Star review for Captain Cody and Island Explorer. Captain Cody has grown up around the waters of Hilton Head Island and has a great depth of knowledge about the area. We're happy to have him as...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017

The captain was very good, very well informed, found a few dolphin. Very interesting. Appreciated the tour company for rescheduling the tour due to weather based upon our schedule for the following day.More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, General Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thanks for taking time to review your experience with Island Explorer. We're glad that you found your experience to be "very interesting." Our top priority is always the safety and comfort of our guests, and due to the weather being quite changeable during this time...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We are a book group called Wild and Captain Chris met the challenge. He read the crowd and created an experience that was more than we hoping for with a few surprises along the way (he catered to our needs). Would definitely book him again.More

Thank Stephanie F
IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Our thanks to "Wild" for your 5-Star review of Island Explorer and Captain Chris. All of our captains are experienced and trained to adapt to each group of guests. We try to give all of our guests a unique and memorable experience. We're glad to...More

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barbra w
27 September 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
We usually begin offering tours in late February or early March depending on the weather. Our schedule should be posted in early January. Feel free to call us on your arrival, and we'll make an effort to work something out... More
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Glen O
24 September 2017|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hi Glen, We will definitely be operating. The recent storms have not impacted our business or tours. Come on down! Let us know if you have further questions.
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Lisa C
19 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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