Out & Back™ Dolphin Tour

The 1 hour tour allows for a shorter outing if you wish to spend less time on the water. Due to the time constraint, we head out for the first half of the trip then retrace our path back home. We don't think you'll find a better 1 Hour Dolphin Tour on a comparable boat.

Why? Among the answers is that we have something that others just can't compete with: The Perfect Location. Due to our prime location on Hilton Head Island's Skull Creek, we have a level of dolphin activity and year round local dolphin population that is unparalleled. For this reason, we are able to offer a Dolphin Guarantee* on all boat-based Dolphin Nature Tours!

The 1 Hour Dolphin Tour / Nature Cruise is a great way to see our local waterways and other creatures such as egrets, herons, osprey, and more. This eco tour is led by an educated interpretive naturalist and US Coast Guard licensed captain.

The 2 Hour Dolphin Wildlife Refuge Tour™ allows us much more time, enough to circumnavigate the largest island in the Wildlife Refuge, minimizing backtracking. Therefore we tend to see 3-4 times more area on the 2 hour trip than we do on the 1 hour. Don't worry, we do expect to see dolphin even on the shorter program. In fact, we offer a Dolphin Guarantee.

If you’re looking for a happy medium, we have a 1½ Hour Dolphin Adventure™ Tour. It provides more exploration time but still in a comfortable timeframe for shorter attention spans.
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We offer a "Dolphin Guarantee" on specific outings, listed below.

Thanks to our location and the excellent local dolphin population around the Wildlife Refuge, we expect to see dolphins on all dolphin-specific trips.

If we don't see dolphins, you will receive YOUR CHOICE of either:
  • A 50% refund,
  • Or A certificate for a second outing of equal or lesser value,
  • Or a time extension (as schedule allows)

This rarely happens but a few times a year!

Live Oac’s “Dolphin Guarantee” applies to the following programs:

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  • Hilton Head dolphin swimming next to tour boat
  • Oystercatcher bird on shell mound in Hilton Head


Inshore trips take place in waters between Hilton Head and the mainland and NOT out in the ocean.

Inshore waters include the tidal creeks, rivers, and sounds (“bays”).

On an inshore trip, we stay well within sight of land, and motion sickness is not typically an issue. We generally do NOT recommend taking anything for motion sickness unless you’ve previously had an issue on water while next to land (which is almost no one, but there are exceptions).

Be aware that even on calm water days, we still encounter bumps in the form of boat wakes (waves that boats create). Boating is an inherently dangerous activity and not suitable for someone with medical conditions that could be negatively affected by a bumpy ride.
  1½ Hours — we also have 2 Hour & 1½ Hour options

Year Round

This trip is available Year Round as long as weather cooperates.

Shared or Private Trips

This trip is available as both a Shared Trip or a Private Trip.

A Shared Trip means you sign up per person. Even just one person can sign up. Shared trips are open to the public and we will fill the other seats on board. The pricing on Shared Trips is the price per person.

A Private Trip is per boat. You are reserving (“chartering”) the whole boat for you and your group. The pricing on Private Trips is the price per BOAT, up to the maximum capacity of guests (varies by boat and by trip).

All Ages

This trip is available to All Ages of participants.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  Daily Schedule:

  Warmer Weather — 8 AM, 9 AM, 1 PM

  Cooler Weather — 1 PM & 2:30 PM


Infants Free with adult at regular rate ($39) on our 1 Hour Out & Back™ Dolphin Tour
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SHARED Dolphin & Eco Tour Rates

1 Hour  $39 per person
1½ Hour  $49 per person
2 Hour  $59 per person
3 Hour  $89 per person

$10 off ages 15 & under on all shared trips
PRIVATE Dolphin & Eco Tour Rates

Pricing is Total Per Boat, for up to 6 people. Call for 7+

1 Hour  • $169
1½ Hour • $229
2 Hour  • $279
3 Hour  • $389

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2 Hr
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Live Oac SUV Boating™ charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and we have multiple boats available for larger groups.

Our 2 hour Dolphin Wildlife Refuge Tour™ is our most popular. It gives us plenty of time to explore, see dolphins, and learn about the backcountry waters. For private charters looking to add activities like cast netting or crabbing, the 2 hour is typically recommended.

We can get out and have a good dolphin experience in as short as a 1 hour trip, and that is definitely recommended for groups with children 3 years or younger.

A 1½ hour trip offers a nice compromise between the two if you’re not sure.

Longer trips are available, but are generally recommended when adding other activities such as watersports, fishing, beachcombing, or destination trips.

Be sure to CALL US if you have any questions about timing and for a personalized recommendation for your group. Our captains field most of our phone calls, and we’ll give you the best suggestion based on our years of experience taking out groups just like yours.