Private Dolphin Tour

Cost $279
Time 1.5+ Hours

“It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English- up to 50 words used in correct context- no human being has been reported to have learned Dolphinese.” – Carl Sagan

Hilton Head Island is known as one of the best places in North America to view dolphins in the wild. With hundreds of dolphins calling these waters home year-round and many more migratory visiting each year, our dolphin sightings are Guaranteed! Bring your friends and family out for a Private Dolphin Tour on Hilton Head!

For ninety plus minutes we’ll explore the Calibogue Sound along the coast of Hilton Head Island with the opportunity to observe wild bottlenose dolphins swimming, feeding, and socializing.  While we never know what we’ll find, we guarantee we’ll find dolphins on your trip!

Your Captain is also certified as a Lowcountry Master Naturalist. The Captain will share their understanding of the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and the interface of humans and nature. You’ll learn about the history of the island, the ecology of the Lowcountry and particularly the salt marsh.

While viewing dolphins, you’ll learn about their social habits, physiology, diet, and more! Your group will also have the opportunity to view other animals. Pulling crab traps, exploring shell shores and spying all sort of marine life.  Every trip is different, and conditions can change throughout the season, so contact us if you have a particular request.

We’ll depart from 68 Helmsman Way, along Broad Creek, just under the bridge. Cruising through Broad Creek and out into the Calibogue Sound, we’ll pass along the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Our search for dolphins may take us to the coastline of Daufuskie Island or into the waters of Bull Creek.

You’ll be aboard our spacious Carolina Skiff Ultra Elite with just your group, up to 6 passengers, and your Captain. No other people!

Having a private dolphin tour ensures you’ll get a great view no matter where you sit.  Social distancing at its finest!


Guests everywhere have raved about our private tours! By far one of the most all-encompassing, educational, and extensive dolphin tours on Hilton Head!

Cross Island Cruises has been ranked as one of the top outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island!  This Year, our Private Dolphin Tour was awarded the World’s Number One Family Friendly Experience by TripAdvisor for 2023! Selected out of over 8 million different tour offerings, the award highlights our commitment to enriching families’ experiences on Hilton Head.

Book a tour today and explore with us!

What to bring: sunscreen, hat, jacket (watch the weather!), refillable water bottle (filtered water provided), camera, questions.

Please note: When booking, please provide a cell number that can receive SMS text messages. You will receive a reminder text within 24 hours of scheduled departure that will include a link to Google Maps with our dock location.

Contact Us

If you have any personal requests or questions about any of our tours, please feel free to reach out by phone, text or email.

(843) 247-8117

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