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Hilton Head's Adventure Cruises hosts dolphin-watching cruises, sport crabbing, and more. Several companies, including H20 Sports, Live Oac, Outside Hilton Head, and Low Country Nature Tours in Hilton Head, run dolphin-watching, shark-fishing, kayak, sunset, and delightful environmental trips. Low Country Nature Tours offers a family-friendly fireworks tour during the summer, as well as educational and fun bird-watching tours that children are sure to enjoy.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours gives a wealth of history about slavery and the Union takeover of the island during the Civil War; tours leave from the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation and cost $32.
There's a wide variety of tours available at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, including sunset cruises, fireworks, and dolphin tours. Pau Hana & Flying Circus Sailing Charters offers tours on a catamaran sailboat, and fireworks and sunset cruises. The captains provide an interactive, educational adventure, and the catamaran makes for smooth sailing.
Adventure Cruises (Shelter Cove Marina, 9 Harbourside La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/785–4558. www.cruisehiltonhead.com.)
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours (Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr., North end, Hilton Head, SC, 29926. 843/681–7066. www.gullaheritage.com.)
H2O Sports (Harbour Town Marina, 149 Lighthouse Rd., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/671–4386 or 877/290–4386. www.h2osports.com.)
Harbour Town Yacht Basin (Sea Pines, 149 Lighthouse Rd., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/363–2628. harbourtownyachtbasin.com.)
Live Oac (Hilton Head Harbor, 43A Jenkins Rd., North End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. 843/384–4141. www.liveoac.com.)
Low Country Nature Tours (Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/683–0187. www.lowcountrynaturetours.com.)
Outside Hilton Head (Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/686–6996. www.outsidehiltonhead.com.)
Pau Hana & Flying Circus Sailing Charters (Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way, South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/686–2582. www.hiltonheadislandsailing.com.)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Camber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau (1 Chamber of Commerce Dr., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/785–3673. www.hiltonheadisland.org/.)