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, you’re just moments away from a great day on the water.
Launch & Land
A perfect day on the water begins and ends at any of the Island’s many marinas, which feature an array of watersports, boat rentals, tackle shops, fishing charters and eco-tours, as well as signature restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Explore the famous candy-striped Lighthouse in Harbour Town, the Mediterranean charm of Shelter Cove Harbour, the New England-style fishing village of South Beach Marina, the Key West atmosphere of Palmetto Bay Marina and the hidden charms of Broad Creek Marina, Skull Creek Marina and Hilton Head Harbor.
Bike the Beach
Hilton Head Island’s 12 miles of hard-packed, white-sand beaches provide the perfect playground for any age, at any time of year. Rent a beach cruiser to explore the strand at your own pace. Locals know that low tide is the perfect time to ride along the beach, when the sand is flat and hard-packed.
Have you ever seen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the wild? Don’t miss the chance to take a local dolphin tour. You’ll see dolphins in their natural habitat and learn about their amazing behavior. A dolphin tour offers a family-friendly way to spend the day out on the water, while viewing these incredible mammals.
Bait your hook and head out for a day of deep sea, inshore or shark fishing. Experienced boat captains know the secret spots. Or drop a line into the nearest lagoon, cast a shrimp net or try surf fishing on the beach to see what you can catch (and release!) this season.
Let the wind fill your sails as you salute the sunset on a Happy Hour Cruise. Hail a water taxi to neighboring Daufuskie Island. Spend a few hours or all day sightseeing. Or sign up for sailing lessons or rent a boat to play your way.
Discover the wild side of the Island and the amazing array of animals that call it home. Enjoy a shark fishing excursion, alligator adventure or bird watching tour to view the Island’s wild inhabitants.
Experience the Island’s wildlife up close on a guided kayak or canoe trip through calm tidal creeks and Lowcountry marshlands. Choose from customized family adventures, corporate retreats, team building exercises or camps for kids, tweens and teens. Just don’t forget your camera to capture picture-perfect moments.
Get an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of the Lowcountry on a helicopter ride. Or spend a few thrilling hours on an aerial adventure zip lining through trees at water’s edge. Either way, you’ll enjoy an amazing view of the Island and all its beauty.