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“Wonderful experience”
Review of Island Explorer

Island Explorer
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Owner description: 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 families or groups and still offer intimate experiences.You may choose a Sunset Cruise, a 1-Hour Introductory Tour (only offered during the summer months), a 2-Hour Dolphin and Nature Excursion, or our 3-Hour Vanishing Island Expedition. On our popular expedition to "Vanishing Island" you'll view the dolphins, cross the Calibogue Sound, and have the opportunity to disembark on a secluded sandbar to search for sand dollars at the low tide. Evening Sunset Cruises will bring you to beauty of the Hilton Head sunsets along with scenic views of the marshlands, birds, and dolphins that make the Lowcountry special. During the summer months join us for a Tuesday night Fireworks Cruise. Our captains are experienced, friendly, and informative. Our mid-island location is convenient to every resort on Hilton Head. Parking is always free, and there are no gate fees. Our boats are docked at the popular island restaurant, The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant at 101 Marshland Road. With years of experience on Hilton Head Island and variety of unique cruises, Island Explorer will treat you to a memorable experience for your family or group.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time all around. Found sand dollars, saw beautiful homes from the water, and saw dolphins up close! Tour guide was knowlegable, friendly, and a great captain. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to spend so some time on the water and searching for seashells and sand dollars. Vanishing island was cool sandbox we got to spend an hour exploring it.

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

Hi Sarita,
Everyone at Island Explorer is so happy to hear that you had a "wonderful experience" on your "Vanishing Island" Expedition. Our captains all strive to offer a fun, safe, and educational experience to all of our guests. We're glad that you found some sand dollars to take home and enjoyed an "up close" view of the dolphins. Please join us again for another tour when you visit Hilton Head Island in the future.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 2 hour dolphin explorer boat tour. The captain took us and two other small families out. She was very informative and we were able to see many dolphins. At one time there were about 6 of them swimming near us. Very cool experience.

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

Hello Holly,
It's wonderful to know that you had a "very cool experience" with Island Explorer on your 2-Hour Dolphin & Nature Tour. Our guests always enjoy our 12-passenger boats as they can maintain an intimate experience. As you mentioned, we make an effort to "personalize" all of our tours and to create a unique and memorable experience for every family and group. We hope that you'll join us again on your next visit to Hilton Head Island.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Michael did an outstanding job. He gave us a nice history of the island and the homes and boats of the area. He recruited the kids to help him steer the boat. We did see a mother dolphin and baby close up.

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Don M,
We're delighted to know that you had a "very nice tour" with Captain Michael. Our captains always offer to share their knowledge of local history and ecology along with bringing you to great views of the dolphins. And keeping your kids engaged and smiling is always a top priority. The entire staff at Island Explorer sincerely appreciates your 5-Star review, and we hope to see you again on a future visit to Hilton Head Island.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time with Captain Zack. He kept hunting for dolphins until he came upon a pod feeding. He explained following the birds to find the dolphins. Was friendly. Island Explorer needs a bigger sign by the road so tourists know where to turn in.

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi,
Thanks for letting us know that you had a "wonderful time" with Captain Zach. Our captains always do their very best to give our guests great views of our local dolphins. They use their many years of experience on the local waters to bring our guests great opportunities to enjoy the unique ecology of the Hilton Head Island area. Thanks for mentioned the idea of having bigger sign for Island Explorer. As you probably know from driving around Hilton Head, we have very strict sign laws. We will mention your review next time we make another request for permission to have a better sign.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would recommend this to anyone in Hilton Head, very knowledgeable of the area and very personable. We really enjoyed ourselves

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello,
Thanks for taking time to offer Island Explorer a 5-Star review here on TripAdvisor. We'll happy to know that you "really enjoyed" yourselves on your tour. It's our goal to offer all of our guests a safe, fun, and educational experience. Please join us again on your next visit to Hilton Head Island.

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