Life on Hilton Head Island revolves around the water and few places offer so many opportunities to enjoy this liquid asset. From Broad Creek to the Calibogue Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean, freshwater lagoons to brackish backwaters, there are so many ways to get out on the water. Launch & Land: A… Read More…
Fishing and Watersports in Hilton Head, SC
A 70 Foot party fishing boat offering 5 1/2 hour offshore wreck fishing trips and night shark fishing trips. Price includes everything you need to catch fish. Full galley on board. Fun for the entire family!
The Tammy Jane offers the most unique Lowcountry experience Hilton Head has to offer! We invite you to learn about our Healthy salt marsh environment, and introduce you to some of the sea creatures we’ll pull up during our trawl. You will learn about the life of our local shrimpers, and understand what it takes… Read More…
Now this is sailing! Only on Hilton Head and only in Harbour Town can you sail aboard a real America’s Cup, 12-meter Stars & Stripes. Participate as a crew member or just sit back and enjoy the sail. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard a piece of American Sailing… Read More…
Sea Monkeys is the place to be when you want to have some Wave-runner fun! We offer 3 different riding areas to best accommodate you for weather, tides, and personal needs with each trip an hour and 15 minutes long. We are nicely tucked away in Skull Creek and merely a few minutes away from Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. This makes our little niche of paradise hard to beat anywhere else on the Island. Dolphin sightings are almost daily and the richness of our Low Country nature and wildlife is unbelievable! Get ready for a great time and even a little workout, but you won’t regret it when you’re done! 843-842-4754.
Captain Sonny has provided dolphin & nature tours since 1985. Our USCG captains are knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife you will see along the trip. We create a family friendly atmosphere for everyone from 0-101! See our website for scheduling. Prices, 12 & up-$20, 2-11-$11, under 2 are free. 843-681-2522.
Kayaking on Hilton Head is a must-do for every visit! Join our certified naturalist guides for 2 hour or 4 hour “nature hikes” through the beautiful creeks and inlets of the Lowcountry. No experience is necessary to get out on our safe and comfortable double and single kayaks. Great opportunities to see a wide variety of bird life, fishes and the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Trips leaving from 3 locations daily, year round! 843-686-6996.
Outside Hilton Head has the most certified SUP Instructors in the Southeast! Enjoy the fun, fitness and beauty of the fastest growing watersport in the world! Our introductory program will familiarize you with equipment, safety, and paddle strokes. You’ll be cruising down the creek in no time! We also offer group nature tours and SUP Yoga classes. Private clinics are also available. Clinics and tours daily from 3 locations. 843-686-6996.
Join us on this fun and magical experience of a lifetime as we go out to find the Mermaid of Hilton Head in the wild waters around Hilton Head. You will see dolphins, a real mermaid and other wildlife on our 75 minute tour. Our boat is covered and we have tours for all age groups. The Mermaid Encounter tour is perfect for families and kids under 12 years old and our Mermaid Ocean Education Tour is great for older kids and adults.
Join Outside Hilton Head for experience-based kid’s camps that are interactive, educational and Fun, Fun, Fun! Camps include Adventure Island, on which kids take a boat ride to our private island for games and fun. Surf Camp teaches kid’s the basics of surfing. 2 day Discovery Camps include kayaking and exploration of Hilton Head’s waterways. Teen programs included Stand Up Paddleboarding and Tubing. Something for every child! Conducted by our experienced guides and facilitators. 843-686-6996.
Our boats are unique watercrafts known for being compact yet speedy, perfect for racing down rivers and cruising creeks. The trips cover about 25 miles around Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island and includes a few scheduled stops to take photos, see dolphins and other wildlife. Each boat is equipped with a small cooler with ice and water for guests, who are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks for the exploration. 843-816-5976.
Get outside and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry waterways. Our boat tours are conducted by USCG licensed Captains and interpretive naturalists. Hilton Head is home to a large year-round population of wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, watch and enjoy them and other wildlife at relatively close range on our small group tours and custom private adventures. Outside’s most popular tours! Ask about our Marine Mammal Monday discount. 843-686-6996.
Charter Fishing, Bait, Fishing Tackle, T-Shirts, Crabbing Supplies and Beach Gear can all be found at Blue Water TackleShop at South Beach Marina. The experts at Blue Water have their finger on the pulse of the Hilton head fishing world. With a full fleet of charter fishing boats, the experienced captains from South Beach all have their secret tricks and “honey holes” that increase your chances of a successful trip. Order Blue Water shirts and accessories online at store.saltydog.com. “If you lived here you’d be fishing by now!” Call for reservations.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is situated in the middle of Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering all kinds of water sports and activities, from inshore and offshore fishing charters to sport crabbing, sailing and dolphin tours, sightseeing and nature excursions. Shelter Cove Marina is your #1 destination for Hilton Head Island water adventures. Call 888-322-9091 or visit www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com.
You will navigate the waters of Hilton Head in style on a unique racing boat that is exclusive to Hilton Head SpeedBoat Tours. Not only fast and dry, but comfortable and easy to drive. Each tour starts with detailed instructions on boater operation and safety before embarkation. You will follow a professional local guide on a 2.5 hour 30+ mile journey focusing on wildlife viewing, which includes dolphin encounters, wading birds, sea otters, bald eagles and a touch of history. Each boat will have a cooler with bottled water and an area to place personal belongings. Hilton Head SpeedBoat Tours offers both a thrilling boat experience as well as slow paced wildlife encounters. Its an adventure you will never forget! Book online at hiltonheadspeedboattours.com or call 843-715-1453.
Everything needed for fishing is provided on this 60′ party fishing boat – including rod, reel, bait, fishing license and instruction. The finest in electronics for safety, navigation and fish finding have been installed to make your trips pleasant and safe. 843-363-2900.
Welcome to the #1 Parasail destination on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! Fly the longest, highest flight in town aboard our 12 passenger USCG inspected parasail boat. Rent a 16′ to 25′ powerboat with seating up to 13 people. Also try a tubing/waterskiing, dolphin or cocktail cruise. 843-842-2566.
The 32-foot Stuart Angler “Boomerang” will put you on the bite in record time. Catch Spanish and King Mackerel, Barracuda, Tarpon, Cobia, Shark, Grouper and more. Because of our proximity to the fishing grounds travel time is much less than others, giving you the most fishing time for your money. 843-671-3060.
Always Angling Offers Offshore & Near Shore Fishing Charters! USCG Master Captain Steve Zugan will fully service your charter needs aboard Always Angling. His brand new 2019 Robalo 29′ 2″ vessel with twin 300 HP Mercury engines, full-size private restroom, optional grilled meals, 2 freshwater sinks, and plenty of cushioned seating will service your charter tour in style! Safety equipment is first priority with an 8-person emergency self-deploying liferaft, Emergency EPIRB beacon, and all safety jackets with whistles & lights are onboard only if needed. Captain Steve’s 8,000+ fishing holes will put you on the species of fish you desire whether trophy fish or premium eating fish for the night’s meal. 4-Hour Near Shore to 14-Hour Gulf Stream tours available or customize your trip including dolphin & nature tours for up to 6 passengers. Captain Steve is looking forward to calling in your tour’s gate pass to enter Skull Creek Marina Slip A-11 in Hilton Head Plantation.
Whether you are an experienced angler or just a beginner, Out Of The Blue Fishing Charters is the boat for you! Located on Hilton Head Island, your charter will be guided by Captain Drew Davis, a local USCG licensed captain who has been fishing local waters for over 20 years. Out Of the Blue specializes in inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing for species such as redfish, trout, flounder, tarpon, cobia, jack crevalle, tripletail, sheepshead, sharks — you name it! Your awaiting charter boat is a custom 24-foot Pathfinder with a T-top that provides plenty of shade. Charters include a fishing license, top-of-the-line tackle, rods, and reels to ensure the ultimate fishing experience! So if you are ready for a “reel” fun day on the water give Captain Drew Davis a call today!
Captain Miles Altman is your “number 1” fishing expert, known all the way down the east coast into Florida waters. With 41-years-experience in fishing deep water Atlantic charters, shark fishing, and a renowned seafood restaurant owner, Capt. Miles will take you through the steps from hooking them, reeling them in, cleaning, and cooking. Nothing is overlooked and he’s happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your Hilton Head charter fishing trip. You will find that the professional staff will treat you like family and you are sure to become another of the regular customers who, year after year, come back for a thrilling adventure, or a relaxing day on the water. 843-290-6955.
The Hobo is the perfect choice for fishing with the entire family. With ample seating, high railings and a shaded area everyone will be comfortable as you fish the coastal waters of Hilton Head Island. Leaving from South Beach Marina, the “Hobo” will get you to the fishing hot spots quickly. 843-671-3060.
Sea Turtle Season
Meet a few of the fascinating turtles that frequent Lowcountry waters.
By Anneliza Itkor, Outside Hilton Head
Here in our Hilton Head Island waters, we are fortunate to host four of the seven majestic sea turtle species. Loggerheads are the most common in this area, but Leatherbacks, Kemp’s Ridleys and Green sea turtles also call our Lowcountry waters home.
Loggerhead turtles were named the official reptile of South Carolina in 1988. They earned their name for their massive head and powerful jaws, which enables them to feed on hard-shelled critters like whelks and conch. Loggerheads can weigh as much as 300 pounds and measure up to four feet in shell length.
Green sea turtles are named for the green fat in their body, due to their vegetarian diet, which consists largely of sea grass. The largest hard-shelled turtle species, Green turtles can grow to an average shell length of five feet and weigh approximately 350 pounds. Green turtles don’t typically nest on our shores, but the juveniles regularly forage our waters from April through November.
Leatherbacks are unique because they don’t have a hard shell. Instead, they sport a leathery shell with longitudinal ridges. Leatherbacks claim the title of “largest sea turtle,” typically weighing in between 800 and 1,300 pounds. In fact, the largest sea turtle on record was a Leatherback found stranded on the coast of Wales, weighing roughly 2,020 pounds. Leatherbacks migrate through our near-shore waters in the spring and fall, feasting on jellyfish as they commute back and forth between their feeding grounds in Nova Scotia and their tropical nesting beaches.
The Kemp’s Ridley turtles are the smallest and rarest, weighing about 100 pounds and measuring only two feet in length. Like the Leatherback and Green sea turtles, these reptiles don’t typically nest in South Carolina, but they come into our inshore and near-shore waters in warmer months to snack on our delicious blue crab population.
Sadly, all of the sea turtle species in our area are listed as an endangered species. They are protected by both federal and state law, but their numbers are still being dramatically impacted by both natural and human-caused threats. Sharks are the turtles’ primary natural predator, but humans contribute to sea turtle mortality through destruction of natural habitat, boat propeller damage, pollution, commercial fishing and climate change.
As individuals, we can help protect sea turtles in any number of ways. If you must use a plastic bag or spot one in the environment, knot it up before throwing it away. This prevents them from blowing out of landfills or trash cans.
Most importantly, if you rent or own a property that is visible from the beach, turn your exterior lights off after 10 p.m. from the beginning of May through the end of October. If you are walking on the beach after dark during this time, use a red-bulb flashlight and avoid using your cell phone. Lights from anything other than the moon can be disorienting for newly hatched turtles trying to make their way to the ocean waters.
When you’re out on the water this month, keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky enough to spot a sea turtle. To increase your odds, book a kayak or boat tour with one of Outside Hilton Head’s experienced guides.
To book an outing with Outside Hilton Head, call (843) 686-6996 or visit www.outsidehiltonhead.com.
232 South Sea Pines Drive | Hilton Head Island | 843-363-2900
The Plaza at Shelter Cove | Hilton Head Island | 843-686-6996
Broad Creek Marina 18 Simmons Road | Hilton Head Island | 843-842-2566
18 Simmons Road (GPS) Marshland Road | Hilton Head Island | 843-681-2522
South Beach Marina Village | Hilton Head Island | 843-671-3060
Hilton Head Island Fishing and Watersports
Hilton Head Island fishing and water sports are truly legendary. Inshore and offshore fishing charters offer the best of the Lowcountry for novice or experience anglers. When it comes to water sports, the island features an endless array of options including kayaking, sailboat excursions, paddle boarding, parasailing, Jet Ski rentals and many more things to do on the water. Want to rent a speedboat or take a sunset cruise? You’ve come to the right place. Hilton Head Island water sports offer fun all year-round.
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