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“Wonderful and worth the $$”
Review of Island Explorer

Island Explorer
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 October 2013

This was the best trip we could have taken. I researched many tours before deciding. The three hour tour to Vanishing Island was awesome. We saw dolphins and were fascinated with the island that was teaming with sea life. Captain Rick made the trip well worth our time and money. Even the people who were not real excited to go on this ended up raving about how great it was. It was fun and educational. Our 8 year old loved every minute of it. I would do this again. Thank you for a great family experience.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Have been on this exact tour before, a few years ago, it was okay. Our son and his wife went with us this time, we took the 3 hour dolphin/vanishing island tour at sunset. Our captain was Cathy. It was a dreary gray afternoon, looked like rain, but we went anyway. We saw many dolphins, at one point Cathy turned off the boat and they all just swam and even played all around us. It was wonderful. I had talked with Cathy in advance of the trip and told her my concerns from our other trip, and she did everything possible for us all to have a good time! We could not have been more satisfied with her service, we saw and did everything that was promised, and all 4 of us had a great time. Went to vanishing island and picked up a few sand dollars, which was so exciting for our son and his wife! We got to see a sunset and more dolphins on our way back in to shore too! Island Explorer delivered on what it promised, and Cathy made sure we had a great time, of course there are no guarantees that you will see dolphins or find sand dollars, but it still would have been time well spent! Cathy is very knowledgable, fun, and sweet! If you go with Island Explorer be sure to ask for Captain Cathy, she is great, and you will have a good time, and learn a lot too!

Thank Holycow97
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My husband and I went out for a sunset cruise with our 3 year old daughter this weekend and Captain Jarod was a terrific host. We saw a huge pod of dolphins but also learned a lot about the intercoastal waterway and its inhabitants. He took some great pictures and made sure we all had fun. Boats were very clean and well maintained. My daughter loved it - but I wouldn't have gone longer than 2 hours with her.

Thank erinbsc
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This dolphin tour was the highlight of my entire trip! Three of my girlfriends & I did the 3-hour Vanishing Island tour and it was fantastic!! Captain Kathy was the PERFECT tour guide. It ended up it was just us 4 girls & Captain Kathy... so we had the girlfriend trip! So much fun!! Saw oodles of dolphins and many came up close to the boat. Then our time on Vanishing Island was so peaceful. If you go, you've got to ask for Captain Kathy... she's the best!!! Tell her the GGG sent you!

Thank Lmd405
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Perfect sized boats, well maintained, professional staff and beautiful scenery. We saw a whole bunch of dolphins up close and the 1 hr tour was both long and short enough for our 2.5 year old. Would highly recommend!

Thank PucSter
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