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Hilton Head Island Dolphin Cruises

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Where to go to view the dolphins!

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Adventure Cruises

Shelter Cove Harbour. See the Island(s) by water. The Daufuskie Island Jungle Cruise will add so much to your vacation. 12:15-4:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Adventure also does a great dinner cruise. See dolphins playing along the way, gorgeous sunsets and a great buffet. 785-4558.

We took this on a trip in March.  It was a little windy (wind breaker came in handy). There are inside seats as well as seats up topside.  Cruise was nice, but we didn't get real close to the dolphins.

The link is


The "Schooner Welcome" Cruises

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The Welcome heading out

The schooner "Welcome" is docked in Shelter Cove Harbour, right by the DVC Resort.  It is about a two hour cruise and is done mostly under sail.  The day we took it we cruised down to Harbour Town and then back.  Wine and cheese are served during the cruise and you can get your hand at the wheel of the ship if you're nice.

Took this cruise in October.  Wind breakers also came in handy.  You get a real nautical feel out of this trip and we did see dolphins, but not really-really close. I loved this trip.

The link to the Welcome is


Commander Zodiac

South Beach Marina. Explore marshlands, observe Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins eye to eye, and other native marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Its Jana & Tom's 10th year of combining the thrill of rafting with the adventure & pleasure of being so close to nature. The original Zodiac raft ride on Hilton Head! Reservations: 671-3344.

We also took this in October.  You're going to get wet.  Like a log ride at an amusement park with the spray and such.  But, we did get up close and personal with the dolphins.  We didn't "touch" them, but others have reported this.

Click on this to link to Commander's Zodiac:

Disney's Own Dolphin Cruise

We have not taken this one, but many members have and report it as being a lot of fun and good value. The cruise is aboard a pontoon boat which holds six people I believe.  The good part is that it is all controlled and scheduled by Disney there at the resort, so you have an ear if you have problems.

Other Cruises will be added in the future as information is gathered.