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Hilton Head Boat Tours with Mermaid of Hilton Head

Join us on one of our unique adventures only on Hilton Head Island!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is known for its pristine coastal waters, and with that, its plentiful and diverse local wildlife, including bald eagles and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Hilton Head Island salt marshes provide a unique ecosystem that everyone loves to enjoy.

With that being said, dolphin watching and nature cruises are gaining popularity in this area and it can be difficult to choose the best fit for you. Something you should know before making the decision: one dolphin cruise is not like the others. Dolphin tours can vary, so it is important to know the facts before booking your day out on the water.


Many travelers like to book their nature cruises while they are booking their vacation rentals. This is something we advise as we do book up in advance and cannot always guarantee space for walk-in guests. This is why your online research is so important! You don’t want to be the one who makes the decision that disappoints your whole family. 


We are going to tell you what makes our dolphin tour the best on the island. First thing is first, our dolphin tour is not a dolphin tour at all. It is an immersive experience! You don’t just get to go dolphin watching on our boat. 

You get to learn which dolphins you are seeing by name, learn how to tell them apart, feel what a dolphin feels like, see a dolphin skull up close, and even hear what a dolphin does (or does not) sound like! 

pelican flying over ocean

Our boat is a Coast Guard inspected vessel that is fully covered for you comfort especially during those hot summer days. The boat is a pontoon boat that can hold up to 24 people. It is also handicap accessible and low to water for optimal viewing. 

If you have a larger party and don’t want to share your experience with other guests, we also offer a private charter for our Dolphin Experience Tour, Sunset Cruise, Fireworks Cruise and even our Mermaid Encounter Boat Tours. 

While we do not offer a fishing charter or dinner cruise experience at this time, we encourage you to bring your own food onto the boat and coolers are welcome as well.

Now that we have covered what you may experience on our nature tours, let’s dive into our Award-winning Mermaid Encounter Tour and what you can expect. Our Mermaid Tour runs mid-May through mid-September.

Mermaid Encounter Boat Tours are one-of-a-kind and are sure to provide the most magical experience of your entire vacation. Kids will love it, but adults are sure to become inspired and consumed by fairy tale magic as well. The girls are not the only ones who love this tour. Boys are enchanted by scaring off our evil villain, Professor Al G. 

You’re going to need more than a water cannon to scare off the Professor, though. Stinky Pete has nothing on Professor Al G. The Professor has been at this villain thing for a long time and needs the help of some mermaid magic to be scared off. 


If you’re successful, you will then earn your O’fish’al Ocean Ambassador Badge so you can show everyone at home that you are a pretty serious ocean warrior. 


Dolphin watching is done along the way during the Mermaid Encounter boat tours, and often dolphins can be found swimming near Mermaid Nina as they consider her part of their pod. 

All of our tours leave from Hilton Head Island and are 90 minutes long. You can book online or visit our FAQ page if you have a question about something we haven’t covered. 


Dolphin watching and nature cruises on our Hilton Head Island salt marshes don’t have to be boring. We make them fun by taking a boat tour and turning it into an immersive experience. Be sure to reserve your spot now so you can see our local wildlife like you have never seen it before!

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