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 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. Tickets are $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.
Captain Mark's Dolphin Cruise. Captain Mark hosts dolphin-watching cruises, sport crabbing, and more aboard the Holiday out of Shelter Cove Marina. Daytime cruises start at $20. Shelter Cove Marina, 9 Harbourside La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928. 843/785–4558; www.cruisehiltonhead.com.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours. More than a bus tour, this local outfit offers an experiential look at the local culture that emerged from enslaved Africans in the Lowcountry, including visits with locals and a one-room school house. Tours leave from the Coastal Discovery Museum. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr., North End, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29926. 843/681–7066; www.gullaheritage.com.
Live Oac. This full-service outfitter offers dolphin and eco-tours, shark fishing, tubing and wakeboarding charters. One-hour dolphin tours start at $38. Private charters for up to six guests start at $178. Hilton Head Harbor, 43A Jenkins Rd., North End, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29926. 843/384–1414; www.liveoac.com.
Low Country Nature Tours. Based at Shelter Cove Marina, this outfit offers educational birding and dolphin-watching tours on comfortable six-passenger boats, as well as Tuesday evening excursions to view the marina's fireworks shows during the summer. Two-hour tours are $40. Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928. 843/683–0187; www.lowcountrynaturetours.com.
Hilton Head Island Sailing. Tours on the six-passenger Flying Circus catamaran sailboat include dolphin watching, Tuesday night firework tours, and sunset cruises. The captains provide an interactive, educational adventure, and the catamaran makes for smooth sailing. Two-hour charters for six guests start at $330. Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928. 843/686–2582; www.hiltonheadislandsailing.com.