Hilton Head Island's Adventure Professionals

Dolphin Tubing™ with Live Oac

Dolphin Tubing™ in Hilton Head

We combine two of Hilton Head’s best things to do in our signature adventure: Live Oac’s Dolphin Tubing™ includes both tubing behind the boat and dolphin watching on the same outing.

This trip is great for the whole family. Hop on the tube, one or two riders at a time, and get ready for a fun ride through the backcountry creeks. Or stay dry and watch the fun from a comfortable seat on the boat, it’s up to you. We’ll take time along the way to check out dolphin, and it’s not unusual to have some swim right by while you’re on the tube, too!

Hang on and have fun, tubing is a great way to enjoy the best of Hilton Head. It’s an adventure for almost anyone. We can take it slow and mild, or fast and wild, whatever you’d prefer. Match that up with getting to see dolphins playing in the creeks along the way and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect vacation experience.
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  All Water Sports charters are private SUV Boating™ trips and include boat, USCG licensed captain / Watersports instructor, fuel, watersports equipment, and space in an iced YETI cooler.

No experience is necessary, but you do need to be a swimmer in order to participate in watersports activities.
  • two people tubing in hilton head
  • Profile of a dolphin
  • Dorsal fin of a Hilton Head dolphin
  • Two women slide across water while tubing
  • Kids surf wave while tubing behind boat
  • A family of Hilton Head dolphin along the shore
  • Kids tubing and having fun
  • Dolphins face in Hilton Head Island
  • Three dolphin swimming in wildlife refuge in Hilton Head
  • Tubing on a family boat trip
  • view of a Hilton Head dolphin from overhead
  • Tubing in Hilton Head with rainbow in background
We recommend a 2 Hour Dolphin Tubing™ trip for most groups, with other options available.

Watersports Charter Duration — 1 to 4 Hours

  How much time do we need?

Live Oac watersports charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right duration of trip to make sure everyone who wants to participate in watersports has enough time. 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. Here are some more general ideas on how much time you might need:

Our usual watersports area is just under 15 minutes from the dock, so a 1 Hour trip offers about 30 minutes in the watersports area, which is about enough time for one first-timer to learn a new activity like boarding or skiing OR perhaps a couple experienced boarders/skiers could get in a run. We can still take 6 people on the boat, but we won't be able to have 6 people boarding or skiing in that short of trip. NOTE: On a 1 hour tubing-only trip, we can utilize waters within sight of our dock and get 6 people some tubing action within that time.

Consider that a 1½ Hour trip essentially DOUBLES your activity time, since you’re already out there. At only a modest price difference, it’s a tremendous value.

For groups of 2-4 participants (actually skiing or boarding), the 2 Hour trip is probably the best choice. Compared to a 1 Hour trip, the 2 Hour trip adds 60 minutes in the watersports area, for a total 90 minutes, and essentially TRIPLES your activity time. Please consider the added value of a 2 hour trip if you have 2-4 boarders/skiers. For tubing only, a 2 Hour trip is plenty for even 6 people, and is our most popular option.

Also, we often find that people want to try other activities, such as tubing or ZUP™ Boarding. A longer trip gives you more opportunity. Our 3 hour trip is the most popular overall, with up to 2.5 hours actually in the watersports area. We can also make dolphin watching a part of your personalized outing. The time is yours to use how you wish, and there are no additional charges for combining activities such as Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Tubing, or Dolphin Watching, so customize that trip as you see fit.

We do offer a 4 Hour option, but if you’re interested in just watersports, that’s a bit much. However, if you’re looking for a relaxed half-day on the water and don’t want to have to pack non-stop action into a shorter trip, the 4 hour is better for a relaxed pace that includes some exploring, wildlife viewing, or generally just hanging out on the water. We can do as long a trip as you’d like, and even get more creative with visits to other islands and destinations. You’ll need to call us for specialized assistance to book trips that are 4 hours or longer, as they’re not available for instant online booking.
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Watersports “March thru October”

Watersports trips are available from March thru October or as long as weather cooperates.

Typically we’ll start running the first tubing trips in mid to late March once the air and water temps warm up enough.

For things like water skiing, wake boarding, and kneeboarding where you are spending a lot of time immersed in the water, you’ll probably want to wait until April when the water gets in the 70 degree range.

Likewise for later in the year. Things start cooling off significantly in September, and only a few brave souls will get in the water by October.

During the cooler months (March & October primarily), we will recommend you check the water temperature at the beach before booking a watersports trip. The water temp will be within a degree or two of what you experience there. If you’re comfortable with it, then you’ll be comfortable in the creek.
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Private Charters

This trip is only available as a Private Charter

A Private Charter is per boat. You are reserving (“chartering”) the whole boat for you and your group.

The pricing on Private Charters is the
price per BOAT, up to the maximum capacity of guests (varies by boat and by trip).
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All Ages (must be a swimmer for watersports)

This trip is available for All Ages on board, but participants in actual watersports activities must be capable swimmers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Location Matters

A highlight of Watersports with Live Oac is our prime location. We are 10-15 minutes from superb ski & wakeboard locations in the quiet creeks of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Our proximity to this area means you'll spend more time Skiing, Boarding, and Tubing and less time just "getting there and back."

The tree-lined creeks mean you'll have the best opportunity for calm water comfortable skiing. The trees provide excellent protection from Lowcountry winds and waves, so the water is perfect for all levels of watersports.

Due to the out-of-the-way nature of this special spot, you will experience significantly less boat traffic than the busier locations on Hilton Head, like Broad Creek or Harbour Town and Calibogue Sound. We prefer the quiet waters of the wildlife refuge and think you will too.

Compare to other departure locations on Broad Creek (Shelter Cove Marina or Palmetto Bay Marina), South Beach Marina or Harbour Town, and you'll see why Live Oac is the number one choice for towable watersports in the Lowcountry! Why spend half your trip just "getting there and back" when you could be having fun water skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing?

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Live Oac watersports charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right duration of trip to make sure everyone who wants to participate in watersports has enough time. 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. Here are some more general ideas on how much time you might need:

Our usual watersports area is just under 15 minutes from the dock, so a 1 Hour trip offers about 30 minutes in the watersports area, which is about enough time for one first-timer to learn a new activity like boarding or skiing OR perhaps a couple experienced boarders/skiers could get in a run. We can still take 6 people on the boat, but we won't be able to have 6 people boarding or skiing in that short of trip. NOTE: On a 1 hour tubing-only trip, we can utilize waters within sight of our dock and get 6 people some tubing action within that time.

Consider that a 1½ Hour trip essentially DOUBLES your activity time, since you’re already out there. At only a modest price difference, it’s a tremendous value.

For groups of 2-4 participants (actually skiing or boarding), the 2 Hour trip is probably the best choice. Compared to a 1 Hour trip, the 2 Hour trip adds 60 minutes in the watersports area, for a total 90 minutes, and essentially TRIPLES your activity time. Please consider the added value of a 2 hour trip if you have 2-4 boarders/skiers. For tubing only, a 2 Hour trip is plenty for even 6 people, and is our most popular option.

Also, we often find that people want to try other activities, such as tubing or ZUP™ Boarding. A longer trip gives you more opportunity. Our 3 hour trip is the most popular overall, with up to 2.5 hours actually in the watersports area. We can also make dolphin watching a part of your personalized outing. The time is yours to use how you wish, and there are no additional charges for combining activities such as Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Tubing, or Dolphin Watching, so customize that trip as you see fit.

We do offer a 4 Hour option, but if you’re interested in just watersports, that’s a bit much. However, if you’re looking for a relaxed half-day on the water and don’t want to have to pack non-stop action into a shorter trip, the 4 hour is better for a relaxed pace that includes some exploring, wildlife viewing, or generally just hanging out on the water. We can do as long a trip as you’d like, and even get more creative with visits to other islands and destinations. You’ll need to call us for specialized assistance to book trips that are 4 hours or longer, as they’re not available for instant online booking.
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Watersports Charter Rates

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

1 Hour • $178
1½ Hour • $238
2 Hour  • $288
3 Hour  • $398
4 Hour  • $508

1 Hr
$178
Per Boat

1½ Hr
$238
Per Boat

2 Hr
$288
Per Boat

3 Hr
$398
Per Boat

4 Hr
$508
Per Boat

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We started tubing just a few minutes after leaving the dock. …and during a break we had a half dozen dolphins pass us by just a few yards away. So cool!
Kathy M.
a hilton head dolphin smiles at boat watching