Life on Hilton Head Island revolves around the water, even in winter! 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 ecotours, 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.
Hilton Head Island’s 12 miles of 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 tide is low the beach is wide and the sand is flat and hard-packed.
Have you ever seen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin in the wild? Don’t miss the chance to take a local dolphin tour, where you’ll see dolphin 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 and to see these incredible mammals in action.
Bait your hook and head out for a day of deep sea, inshore or shark fishing with experienced boat captains who 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. Hop aboard a ferry to neighboring Daufuskie Island and spend the day sightseeing. 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.
Take 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.
Soar above the Sea
Get an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of the Lowcountry on a helicopter ride, or on a few thrilling aerial adventure. Enjoy a two-hour zipline canopy tour along glistening Broad Creek or an aerial adventure with a high ropes challenge course. Whichever you choose, you’ll get an amazing view of the Island and all its beauty.