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Mermaid Encounter Tour - Join us for a kid friendly magical tour

Mermaid swimming away from villan on mermaid tour

Tours runs May 8 through September 15

About this Hilton Head boat tour

  • 90 minutes of interactive family fun

  • Tattoos and magic name tags that grow wildflowers if planted, for each child

  • Bubble wands provided for bubble battle against the evil professor Al G.

  • Meet a real life mermaid and get to ask her a question

  • Covered boat with restroom on board

  • Become an O’fish’al Ocean Ambassador and take home a special badge.  

  • The tour is based on the Children's Book, The Mermaid's Friends 

  • Recommended Ages 2-10

  • We provide canned water on board if requested

Things to Know

  • It is best to purchase tickets online as this tour usually sells out.

  • You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks on board.

  • Please show up 15-30 minutes early as the boat will leave at the scheduled time with or without you. No refunds will be given if you miss the boat.

  • Our cancelation policy is 48 hours, we do not offer refunds for cancelations with less than 48 hour notice unless you purchase the trip insurance.

  • We watch the weather closely as it changes constantly in Hilton Head. If the tour needs to be cancelled due to the weather we will let you know as soon as the Captain makes the call. We will either reschedule your family to another tour. If we are unable to reschedule you, we will issue a full refund.

  • This tour leaves from the Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

More Details

Pinky Plankton met the Mermaid of Hilton Head, Mermaid Nina, who taught her how to protect the ocean and gave Pinky Plankton the title of Ocean Ambassador. On this 90 minute tour you will learn how to protect the ocean and earn your Ocean Ambassador badge too. On this tour you’ll see the Mermaid of Hilton Head and dolphins! Along the way you will also see birds and other Lowcountry wildlife as we journey to find the Mermaid of Hilton Head. 

You will also learn the story of how Mermaid Nina became the Mermaid of Hilton Head and how she helps protect her ocean friends as well as why the things she does are important for our ecosystem and what you can do to help. When we find the real mermaid, she knows our boat! She will swim right up to the boat and talk to our passengers about the ocean, Hilton Head wildlife, and of course, answer all of your mermaid questions! You can not get any better kid friendly live entertainment than a real mermaid! 


You never know what will happen when you are on the tour. Sometimes Mermaid Nina’s arch nemesis, Professor Al G will show up and try to capture her to put her in a mermaid performance tank, but Mermaid Nina loves to be wild and free. She will rely on you and your family to save her from Professor Al G and scare him away! 


At the end of the tour, you will earn your O’fish’al Ocean Ambassador badge that you can take home with you. This is a must do if you are planning a family vacation full of fun, magic and education. Our tour is based around the book The Mermaid of Hilton Head: The Mermaid's Friends, this book was written and illustrated by Mermaid Nina herself. 


The boat is fully covered and sits low to the water for easy viewing of wildlife and Mermaid Nina. The Mermaid Encounter Boat Tour is such a fun, unique experience that the little ones will be talking about for weeks, months, and even years to come. 


Kids must be accompanied by an adult. If you have a larger group click here to learn more about our private tours.

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