Boating and Fishing
Captain Mike's Dolphin Tours. If boat-bound adventure is what you seek, look no further than Captain Mike. Widely popular with tourists and locals alike, Captain Mike's tours have been featured on the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, and in the pages of Southern Living. Choose from a 90-minute dolphin tour from $15 per person, or an $18 sunset tour (available May to September). Captain Mike has a 32-foot cabin cruiser in his fleet and offers inshore and offshore fishing charters. This business is family owned and operated, and kids are welcome. Lazaretto Creek Marina, 1 Old U.S. Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Georgia, 31328. 912/786–5848; tybeedolphins.com.
Compass Sailing. Boarding at Bull River Marina, Captain Steve's personal and private tours explore the ocean and salt marshes via a 38-foot sailing yacht. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own lunch or coolers; soft drinks are provided. Bull River Marina, 8005 U.S. Hwy. 80, Savannah, Georgia, 31410. 912/441–3265; www.compasssailing.com.
Miss Judy Charters. Captain Judy Helmey, a longtime fishing guide and legendary local character, heads up Miss Judy Charters. The company offers packages ranging from 3-hour sightseeing tours to 14-hour deep-sea fishing expeditions. Inshore rates start at around $350 for three to four people for three hours; offshore rates start at $600 for up to six people for three hours. 124 Palmetto Dr., Wilmington Island, Savannah, Georgia, 31410. 912/897–4921; www.missjudycharters.com.
Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Leading you through inlets and tidal creeks, Savannah Canoe and Kayak has highly skilled guides that provide expert instruction for newbies and challenges for seasoned paddlers. You'll also learn about the history of these historic waterways. Half-day tours start at $65 for three hours. 414 Bonaventure Rd., Savannah, Georgia, 31404. 912/341–9502; www.savannahcanoeandkayak.com.
Bull River Marina. This is your one-stop-shop for all your boating needs. Bull River offers rentals, tours, and charters in boats big and small. Starting at $29 per person for six or more passengers, expert guides will take you to hunt sharks' teeth; on a sightseeing tour of area forts and lighthouses; or on a 90-minute dolphin tour. For the more adventuresome, charters start at $350 for four people. If you prefer to captain your own boat, rentals start at $200 for four hours. 8005 U.S. Hwy. 80, Wilmington Island, Savannah, Georgia, 31410. 912/897–7300; www.bullrivermarina.com. Daily 8–6.
Dolphin Magic Tours. Explore the natural beauty of Savannah's coastal waters on a narrated boat tour with Dolphin Magic Tours. From River Street, you cruise out to the marshlands and tidal creeks near Tybee Island. The search for dolphin encounters lasts two hours and costs $27; sightings are guaranteed. Departure times vary according to the tides and the weather. 312 E. River St., Historic District, Savannah, Georgia, 31401. 912/897–4990; www.reelemn.com/dolphinmagic.
Moon River Kayak Tours. Setting out from either Wilmington or Skidaway islands, Moon River Kayak offers a different experience than many of the tours originating on Tybee Island. Paddling Turner's Creek, Skidaway Narrows, and Johnny Mercer's Moon River gives you a more inland perspective rich with sightings of such spectacular birds as ospreys and eagles. Be sure to bring your binoculars. Rodney J. Boat Ramp & Park, 45 Diamond Causeway, Skidaway Island, Georgia, 31406. 912/897–3474; www.moonriverkayak.com.
North Island Surf & Kayak. Virtually unsinkable and great for navigating the shallowest of creeks, sit-on-top kayaks are available at North Island Surf & Kayak. All rentals include paddles, lifejackets, and seat backs. Prices are $45 per day for a single, $55 for a double. Paddle to the beautiful uninhabited island of Little Tybee or to Cockspur Lighthouse. Discounts are available for multiday rentals, so you can even camp on one of the islands. Stand-up paddle boards are $40 for the day. If you've always wanted to learn how to surf, $50 will get you a board rental and a two-hour lesson. 1C Old Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Georgia, 31328. 912/786–4000; www.northislandkayak.com. Daily 9–6.
Sea Kayak Georgia. Owned by professional paddlers and instructors Marsha Henson and Ronnie Kemp, Sea Kayak Georgia provides gear, tours, and courses for beginners and advanced kayakers alike, not to mention stand-up paddle board rentals and the unique experience of teacher-led stand-up paddle board yoga. Seasoned guides and naturalists lead half-day salt-marsh paddle tours beginning at $50. 1102 U.S. Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Georgia, 31328. 912/786–8732; www.seakayakgeorgia.com. Daily 10–6.
Sundial Charters. Discover fossils, cast a net, spot birds or dolphins, or try crabbing with Sundial's custom charter tours. Popular tours include a jaunt to the remote and lush Daufuskie Island, inshore fishing charters, Georgia Coastal History Boat Tour, and a trip to the natural heritage preserve of Little Tybee Island. Tybee Island, Georgia. 912/786–9470; www.sundialcharters.com.
Telecaster Charters. Captain Kevin Rose leads fishing excursions on his 18-foot Pioneer flats boat for speckled trout, black drum, redfish, sheepshead, whiting, and even sharks. Fully licensed and insured, his four-hour trips start from one of several locations. The excursions start at $300 for two people and includes bait and licenses. Rose also offers island shuttles and nature tours. Children are welcome. Thunderbolt, Savannah, Georgia. 912/308–4622; www.telecastercharters.com.
Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports. For those who enjoy more fast-paced activities, little compares to the rush of jet skiing on the island waterways or riding the swells of the beach. Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports rents Jet Skis/waverunners starting at $99 per hour. In addition, this shop offers everything you need for sea kayaking excursions. Rates for a single kayak start at $35 for a half day. If you'd like a guided tour of the coastal marshes and tidal streams, Little Tybee Island, or the historic Cockspur Lighthouse, the cost is $38 for 90 minutes. 1C Old Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Georgia, 31328. 912/786–5554; tybeejetski.com. Daily 7–7.
Wilderness Southeast. Discover Coastal Georgia wildlife in its natural habitat with a unique kayaking tour. Wilderness Southeast offers private and personalized kayak tours for spotting dolphins, birds, and alligators in maritime forests, salt marshes, swamps, beaches, and creeks, learning about history, and enjoying Savannah's outdoor offerings. Savannah, Georgia. 912/236–8115; www.naturesavannah.org.