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The tour guides are very informative and knowledgeable. Each of us had our own kayak. We're paddling along in the calm, quiet harbour, listening to the tour guide... admiring the unbelievable beauty of it all. We see egrets, crabs, and here they come! The dolphins arrive as if it were a rehearsed show just for us! They come in pairs, triplets, all ways. They dive, swim, spin, and once, they even attempted to spit on my son! It was an incredible adventure my family and I will never, ever forget!
From journal Hilton Head Island Paradise
January 22, 2005
We couldn't have wished for a better day: no wind, bright sunshine, and about 70°F. The marina made it easy to get in and out of the water, and it was easy paddling suitable for all ages and experience levels. You would probably want a bottle of water.
We saw a lot of birdlife, including three types of herons and a large group of penguins, and our guide was full of information about the area and the wildlife. Once we got out of the marina and into the open water, we saw the local dolphins swimming nearby. We paddled a little further toward harbour town and into another channel.
Our group consisted of about 10, and we had a choice of single or double kayaks.
Outside Hilton Head run these and a variety of other tours, as well as kayak rentals from the South Beach Marina and another location on Hilton Head. The busiest time is obviously in the summer, and we were told they might run a reduced schedule in the winter, so it would be wise to call ahead.
From journal Christmas at Hilton Head Island, SC
by Mint Julep
October 24, 2003
From journal Hilton Head & surrounding areas
August 30, 2003
A word about photographing dolphins. While we saw a lot of dolphins doing a lot of things, I was unable to get a decent picture because of shutter lag time, even worse since I was using a digital camera. By the time I spotted a dolphin breaking the surface, trained the camera, and snapped the shutter, the dolphin was going back under. If you go on the cruise with the expectation of getting a great dolphin picture, you might be disappointed. If you go to watch the dolphins in their natural environment, you won't be.
The Vagabond has a good deal of seating, and we found being on the top deck, above and behind the pilot house, a great place to observe from. There is a snack bar with cold beer, soda, and water, as well as candy bars and other snacks. There are the obligatory T-shirts and hats, and they also sell several different sizes of stuffed dolphins. When boarding the boat, a picture is taken, and you are given the opportunity to purchase prints when disembarking. The cruise leaves from Harbour Town in Sea Pines plantation, and stays out for an hour and a half. We paid $19 per adult and $10 per child, and I believe it was well worth it.
From journal A week for 11 on Hilton Head Island
July 30, 2003
From journal Happy in Hilton Head
July 28, 2003
From journal Summer 2003-Hilton Head Island
Raleigh, North Carolina
December 9, 2002
From journal Beautiful Beach Getaway at Hilton Head Island