Hilton Head Island is nestled into the heart of the salt marshes or Low Country. This area spans 350 square miles on the east coast and is home to plenty of active Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.  Dolphins of Hilton Head are always around because of our rich natural habitat loaded with plenty of fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters.

Departing from the Skull Creek marina behind Hilton Head Island's landmark restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse board our 27' Carolina Skiff bay boat as we explore the inlets, creeks and marshes around Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge in search of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. While the resident dolphins are not fed or trained, with the right know-how, they can usually be found within minutes of departure in our calm estuary waters. Your captain will discuss our natural ecosystems and wildlife, local history, and dolphin fun facts while always operating the vessel in a manner that is safe and respectful of the dolphins and their need for space. You will be able to watch these intelligent creatures play, feed, mate and sleep in person from a close, but safe, distance. As you cruise through this saltwater wilderness, you may also see dolphins exhibit an unique hunting technique known as strand feeding. This feeding technique is amazing but rare to see as it has only been observed in his region of the world.

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common marine mammal along the South Carolina coast. These are the dolphins that we see playing and feeding just off our island beaches. They are solid gray on top, with lighter sides and belly, and reach an adult length of between six and twelve feet. These dolphin stay within the coastal marshes year round because there are so many different marine species that live here year round.

Join us on our dolphin eco-cruise for a wild, fun & educational dolphin experience your family will never forget!!

During your excursion you may see other animals that call Hilton Head Island home:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Brown Pelican
  • Diamond Back Terrapin
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Osprey
  • Piping Plover
  • Sanderling
  • American Alligator
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Majestic osprey bringing fish

Hilton Head Dolphin & Eco-Cruise Rates

The Tailhunter can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Reservations are required.

Shared Tour Rates

1 1/2 Hour Cruise
$45 / Adult

$35 / Children Under 12

Private Tour Rates

1 1/2 Hour Private Cruise, up to 12 guests.
$420 / Boat

Longer tours can be accommodated, please call.

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What should you bring on your dolphin eco-cruise?

  • Bottled water and a cooler with ice is provided.
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses with a retaining strap.
  • If relevant, an extra pair of contact lenses and required medications.
  • Don’t forget to capture your adventure with cameras, GoPro, and cell phones.
  • We will go out rain or shine – please bring rain gear as summer showers are common in the Low-country.
  • In the spring and fall, a light jacket is recommended.
  • Binoculars to enhance viewing of birds and animals (optional).
  • Please note that smoking is not permitted on board.

Customary 15-20% gratuity is not included in the price.

TailHunter, Our Eco Tour Charter Boat

TailHunter is a 2018 27-foot Carolina Skiff she is a shallow draft vessel created specifically for sailing our low country estuaries and waterways. Our 15 passenger US Coast Guard certified tour vessel is designed for your safety and comfort. It comes equipped with a helm to bow canvas top to keep you and your family in the shade and comfortable cushioned seats that surround the boat offering great viewing in any direction.

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Our boat is located at the landmark Hilton Head Island eatery  Skull Creek Boathouse Restaurant, 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head SC 29926. Park in the restaurant lot or the parking lot to the left of the restaurant the Boathouse Marina is located BEHIND the restaurant.

Walk down to the marina docks, there you will find Captain Rick in our 27’ Carolina Skiff with “TAILHUNTER” on the side of the boat.

PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TO CHECK IN. THE BOAT WILL DEPART EXACTLY AT YOUR DEPARTURE TIME - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please allow yourself enough drive time, time to find our location, park and make it down to our boat. Parking is crowded at the marina in the warmer months so please be patient. You may drop off guests at dock entrance before parking. There are no restrooms on our vessel, but there are facilities in the marina area.

Tickets are non-refundable unless your tour is cancelled by Hilton Head Fishing Charters - TailHunter, but you may reschedule  your tour with at east 24 HOURS notice prior to the scheduled departure time. You may also request a voucher to use at a latter date if cancellation is made prior to 24 hours of your departure time. We will NOT honor rescheduling or vouchers within 24 hours of your departure time. 

Cancellation due to weather is at Captains discretion only! 

We will contact you on the phone number provided on the day of your tour if there are any weather concerns/cancellations. The Captain keeps a diligent eye on weather and will inform you in ample time to get you rescheduled. Weather cancellations are 100% refundable if rescheduling is not possible. Isolated/pop-up thunderstorms are a way of life here in the summer months and they may delay us for a few minutes our miss us entirely, so PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US.

Scheduled Tour departures, dates and times are contingent on/subject to multiple group interest (our minimum passenger requirement) on a given day. Please be flexible with your date range. Cancellations due to our minimum passenger requirement are 100% refundable if rescheduling is not possible. We also reserve the right to use our smaller vessel for group interest fewer than 6 guests, if available.