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Island Explorer

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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...more
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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
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+1 843-785-2100
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have done the 2-hour cruise twice and enjoyed both immensely. Captain Cody was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip very interesting. Captain Jared was also very informative and fun. We saw loads of dolphins, as well as beautiful birds, each time we went out....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crazy fun and informative. Jared was a great guide...we saw dozens of dolphins and weather worked out to view a glorious sunset. As a bonus we were the only group on the boat! I picked this operator over the others because of the smaller vessel...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, We are delighted to hear that you had a "fantastic" time on your Island Explorer tour with Captain Jared. Our 12-passenger vessels were custom built to offer a more intimate experience while still accommodating larger families and groups. And it's always nice to have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed our trip to the sandbar. We collected sand dollars (our first) and saw live sand dollars and sea stars (including one with only 4 points). It seemed surreal to walk around on the sand with water all around us.We also...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Debby, It's always a pleasure for us to share our unique Lowcountry environment with our guests and offer some "first time" experiences. We try to make each tour a safe, fun, and educational adventure. We sincerely appreciate your 5-star review and recommendation, and we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw a lot of dolphins and fish and learned a lot. Our Captain, Jared, was a fun, educated young man, Our only problem was it got really cold, which was not your fault.More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad to hear that you had a "good time" on your tour with Captain Jared on the Island Explorer. It's good to note that this time of year it can feel a little cooler out on the water than it does on land, so...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great time, very informative, and went from the dock at The Old Oyster Factory all the way past Sea Pines lighthouse over closer to Daufuskie island in order to see as many dolphins as possible. Lots of great waterfront houses and boats to see also....More

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Thank T S
IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello TS, We sincerely appreciate your 5-star review and description of your tour with Island Explorer. Our goal is to show you as much as possible during a two hour excursion at a relaxed pace. There is so much to see along Broad Creek and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

History, environment, sea life, scenery, on-the-water, relaxing! Well worth the time and cost. Captain Jim was wonderful, a real "bonus" for the experience.More

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Thank Lynn D
IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Lynn, Thanks for taking time to write such a nice review of your experience with Island Explorer and Captain Jim. Our mission is to offer unique and memorable experiences to our guests at an affordable costs. We love to share the beauty of our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very entertaining sunset dolphin cruise with Michael. Beautiful scenery, Michael pointed out lots of properties to us. We were literally surrounded by dolphins on all sides of the boat. Apparently it’s mating season. My kids are 3 and 4 and the cruise was definitely educational...at...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're delighted that you had an "entertaining" Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Captain Michael. It's our goal to always offer a safe, fun, and educational experience to our guests, and it appears that you and your kids received some education along with the fun. Thanks for...More

Reviewed November 4, 2018

We had a wonderful time with Captain Thad! He is very knowledgeable about Hilton Head's wildlife and had lots of awesome information to share with us. He has a lot of experience leading the tours. We got to see lots of dolphins as well as...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so happy to hear that you had a "great trip" with Captain Thad on the Island Explorer. Each of our captains is carefully chosen and trained to engage, entertain, and educate our guests drawing on vast experience on the local waters. The entire staff...More

Reviewed November 2, 2018

Captain Mike kindly agreed to take us out on what was a very last-minute request from us on a rather windy afternoon. He was very entertaining and informative in explaining the local surroundings / history and was great at finding the dolphins. Despite the challenging...More

Thank MikeAYYC
IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Mike, Thank you for taking time to write such a nice review of your experience with Captain Mike on the Island Explorer. It's our goal to offer a safe, fun, and educational experience to our guests, and we always try to make the best...More

Reviewed November 2, 2018

It was Thursday November 1st and our decision to get on a dolphin cruise that same day was looking like a strikeout. However, although their boats would comfortably service 14, these guys said they would find an available captain and get the 4 of us...More

Thank Brian A
IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hi Brian, Thanks for sticking with us and joining Island Explorer for a tour. We always do our best to get you out on the water even during the slow season. This time of the year our dolphins are more spread out as the migratory...More

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Tonia B
October 22, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hello, October is usually one of the most beautiful months of the year. All of our tours take place on the calm inland waters of Broad Creek and the Calibogue Sound. On the rare occasion of a very windy day with rougher... More
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dianep852
August 23, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hello Diane P. Please excuse our delay in responding here in TripAdvisor. Somehow we did not get a notification of your question. On September 13, because of the tides we offer our 3-Hour "Vanishing Island Expedition" at... More
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Rachel D
July 12, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hello Rachel, Thanks for contacting Island Explorer We strongly suggest our 1-Hour Dolphin & Nature Tour for families with younger children, but they are welcomed on any tour that you think you would enjoy as a family. We... More
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