May River Excursions is based in Old Town Bluffton. We offer a variety of boating experiences ranging from cruises to fishing and shrimping excursions. May River Excursions offers competitive rates and knowledgeable, local born and raised captains. May River Excursions operates Carolina Skiff boats and can accommodate as many as 12 passengers per boat.
Fishing & Watersports on Hilton Head Island, SC
Practically every Visitor to Hilton Head Island takes part in some sort of water activity while on the Island. With over 12 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach, and numerous bays, creeks, rivers and sounds, there are things to do for every member of the family. There are enough water actvities offered here to keep you skin wrinkled like a prune year-round.
Featured Fishing & Watersports on Hilton Head Island
Dolphins galore! Cruise aboard the Vagabond – the most exciting and spirited dolphin and sightseeing boat on Hilton Head Island! The Vagabond’s 90-minute cruises are fully-narrated and dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed! From the water you’ll likely see Harbour Town, South Beach, Daufuskie Island, the Haig Point Lighthouse, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Tybee Lighthouse, egrets, herons, pelicans and lots of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin! The Vagabond also offers half-day trips to historic Daufuskie Island. Along the way you’ll see and hear about the Gullah history of Daufuskie, the ruins of antebellum slave quarters, Strachan Mansion and many other sights. After arriving on Daufuskie, you may choose a fully-narrated group tour ~or~ you can rent a golf cart to explore on your own. The Vagabond offers plenty of seating, a shaded area, and concessions including snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine!
The Spirit of Harbour Town is Hilton Head’s premier passenger yacht and offers Sunset Dinner & Dolphin Cruises and day trips to Savannah, GA! The climate-controlled main cabin features 20-foot panoramic windows showcasing the ever-changing gorgeous views. The upper deck will provide you with an open-air setting under the shade of the roof. Come aboard for a wonderful Low Country dinner with first-class service, incredible scenery and enjoy your favorite beverage from the Spirit’s full bar! See Savannah from the sea and relax as the Spirit transports you to River Street in the heart of downtown where you’ll spend over four hours enjoying the rich history and beauty of the city. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
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.
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.
Inshore fishing at its finest! Offering 4, 6 and 8 hour fishing trips as well as 3 hour monster shark trips, Captain Drew Davis, a local USCG licensed captain has been fishing Hilton Head waters for more than fifteen years. Inshore fish include trout, tarpon, red fish, spanish mackerel, cobia, jack crevalle, sharks and more. Fishing Hilton Head Island with Out Of The Blue is an experience of a lifetime!
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.
Island Head Water Sports, formerly UFO Parasail out of Palmetto Bay Marina, is now offering Wave Runner rentals, Parasailing, and Banana Boat rides! Come soar high in the sky taking in magnificent aerial views of the Calibogue Sound on our 12 passenger, USCG inspected parasail boat. If heights aren’t for you, enjoy a thrilling 75 minute ride on our newest VX Yamaha wave runners. Cruise at your own pace or follow a guide on a “creek run” while you experience the beautiful surroundings and indigenous wildlife. The 6 passenger banana boat is a fun and affordable activity for all ages. You can expect to get splashed, sprayed and flung around as you get pulled behind a high-powered Yamaha wave runner. If you are looking for fun, come be an Island Head today, with Island Head Water Sports!
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.
From Shelter Cove Harbour, Captain Mark presents Dolphin Watch Nature Cruises on board the excursion vessel “Holiday” and Let’s Go Crabbing on board the crabbing boat “Crabber J II”. Both Boats berthed at, Dock C, Shelter Cove Harbour, directly across from Palmetto Dunes Resort.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Captain Sonny has been boating here since 1985. After selling his crabbing boat business he purchased the SS Pelican in 1992 to begin a new venture providing dolphin and nature tours. With his knowledge of the Island, and the family oriented atmosphere that he provides, it wasn’t long that he had to purchase a larger boat. In 1996 he purchased the Island Queen. Today Captain Sonny and Captain Jerry and first mates Jesse, Terry or Monica, provide a fun filled experience for all.
The world-famous America’s Cup winning vessel Stars & Stripes, once skippered by Dennis Conner, is proud to call Hilton Head home! Each trip is unique depending on the wind and tide and takes place under full sail. Feel free to relax while aboard ~or~ learn from the crew and help raise the sail! This grand and celebrated sailboat is a dolphin magnet and offers afternoon and sunset sails. You’re certain to see breath-taking views and dolphins at play. Sail away with us!
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.
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 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.
With three miles of expansive beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and a unique lagoon system that winds its way through three spectacular golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is the ideal venue for water sports. Rent a canoe, learn how to use a kayak, take surfing lessons, go water skiing or fishing – there are more choices here at our Hilton Head Island beachfront resort than at any other location in the Southeast.
Dolphins and Nature Up Close. Our company has been professionally exploring the local waters for over 35 years, providing the area with, personalized water related activities. For the past 15 years focusing specifically on Dolphin and Nature Eco-tours, specializing in groups of up to twelve passengers per vessel. With four boats we can arrange trips for up to 36 persons. We use upscale inflatable expedition craft, comfortable, shaded deck boats, and two custom built 27ft. USCG inspected vessels, certified for up to twelve.
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.
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