Hilton Head Island's Adventure Professionals

Hilton Head Dolphin Tours with Live Oac

Dolphin Wildlife Refuge Tour

This 2 hour experience is our most popular dolphin eco tour in Hilton Head’s inshore waters. We’ll journey into the dolphin rich waterways of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and view secluded islands and tidal creeks that most people don’t get to see!

Our local dolphin population is second to none in the Lowcountry. View abundant and diverse wildlife, especially birds like osprey, herons, egrets, shorebirds, pelicans, and even a pair of bald eagles who’ve hidden their nest deep in the Wildlife Refuge. This ecosystem is filled with oysters, crabs, fish, shrimp, and countless other creatures, and you’ll better understand why once you see it.

Experience the difference of Live Oac’s SUV Boating™ trips with a professional captain at the helm. Avoid impersonal big boats — Enjoy a comfortable ride and interactive experience with your Live Oac guide!

During this 2 hour eco tour, depending on conditions, we are typically able to circumnavigate the largest island in the Wildlife Refuge, minimizing backtracking. Therefore we tend to see 3-4 times more area on our 2 hour trip than on our shorter 1 & 1½ hour trips. We do recommend the shorter options for kids 3 and under, but in general the 2 hour trip is the best value for most groups.
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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 our dolphin-specific trips. See below for which trips qualify. We can't control nature, so in the rare event we miss seeing dolphin, here's the deal:

If we don't see dolphin, you will receive YOUR CHOICE of either:
  • A certificate for a second outing of equal value,
  • Or a time extension (as schedule allows, if we think some additional time will make the difference… it often does)

This only happens a few times a year, so the chance of seeing dolphins is very close to 100%.

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

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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.
  2 Hours — we also offer shorter 1½ Hour & 1 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, but recommended for 4+

This trip is available for All Ages of participants.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 3 and under, we strongly recommend our abbreviated 1 hour eco tour, called the Out & Back™ Dolphin Tour.

In our experience, 1 hour is plenty of time to get out and see dolphin and best matches the attention span of our youngest guests. However, you know your children better than we do, so if you think they’re fine for a 90 minute or 2 hour trip, you are welcome to make that choice.

  Daily Schedule:

  Warm Weather — ALL DAY (8 AM thru Sunset)

  Cool Weather — Early to Mid Afternoon (~12-5)


   2 Hour Eco Tour Rates
SHARED Eco Tour Rates

2 Hour  $58 per person

$10 off ages 12 & under on all shared trips
PRIVATE Dolphin & Eco Tour Rates

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

2 Hour  • $288 per boat