About Us

Commander Zodiac is the original dolphin watching tour on the Island. We have been guiding groups for well over 30 years and have been personally selected by National Geographic to guide their photographers and film makers on some amazing excursions. We also were chosen by the BBC and the Discovery channel for their nature and wildlife specials. Our boats are safe and exciting and the same type of boats the US Coast Guard uses in their ocean going operations. Jana Moore and Tom Doyle are the owner operators and began adventure tours on the Island so visitors could experience and enjoy the beauty and amazement of the dolphins and wildlife unique to the low country. We offer environmentally safe excursions with amazing photo opportunities. We protect our dolphin community and wildlife by following the Dolphin Smart guidelines for responsible wildlife viewing and we are a member of the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Commander Zodiac prides itself on providing quality, educational and most importantly fun excursions for all ages. This is a do not miss adventure for the whole family!!!  All our captains are US Coast Guard licensed and are experienced naturalists as well as enthusiasts. They have spent countless hours exploring, guiding and educating families from all over the world.

  Captain Tom Doyle has been an island resident since the mid 80s. He grew up in Oregon and then moved to Hawaii where his love of nature and water sports grew. After moving to Hilton Head, he began by creating a kids' sailing camp and he was the first captain on the island to conduct dolphin tours. On numerous occasions he has been asked to participate with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, including marine wildlife research and protection, and he is an active member of the South Carolina Marine Stranding Network. Tom has worked with film crews from the National Geographic, BBC and the Discovery Channel assisting as a boat guide to film South Carolina's unique dolphin behavior. Tom has spent well over 35 years exploring and sharing his passion of the local waterways. In fact, more times than not, you can spot him with his two crazy kids enjoying time on the water!

 

  Captain Scott  is a long time resident of Hilton Head and has over 25 years of experience on the waters in and around the island. He attended Vanderbilt University and has furthered his education by being on the water daily for years guiding and educating families on our unique and amazing eco-system. His experience, as well as his wealth of knowledge about the dolphins and the low country, is a gift he enjoys sharing.

 

  Captain Andrea has been on the island since 2003 but her education and experience began long before that. She received her degree in Marine Science and Education from Hampshire College and worked in sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium and rehabilitation center. She worked on the Mystic Whaler and has gone on ocean going deliveries and research vessels. She also participated with Tom Doyle on dolphin rescue and research trips and helps with the marine mammal stranding network. She is an amazing guide as well as a dedicated wife and mother of two wonderful boys. Andrea has also taken on the challenge of being a teacher at the middle school.  We still get to see her occasionally when she stops in to visit!

 

  Captain Todd  grew up in West Virginia and spent many years traveling and living all over the country. He has made Hilton Head his home several times and is back again guiding nature tours and exploring the waters of Hilton Head Island. Todd has so many fun experiences and a vast knowledge of the marine wildlife that he would like to share.

 

   Captain James grew up on Hilton Head Island with the water as his playground. He has spent numerous years with our abundant wildlife and is excited to share his fun attitude and enthusiasm for our water neighbors. James entertains his crew with real local knowledge and some interesting history.

 

 OPERATIONS MANAGER Jana Moore moved to Hilton Head Island right after college where she obtained a bachelors degree in biology. Being from a military family, she grew up all over the world and has continued to travel the globe. Jana, co-founder of Commander Zodiac, has managed the office and helped guests arrange their excursions from the beginning. She has expanded her customer service into real estate with Dolphin Properties of Keller Williams.  She has over thirty years of Island knowledge and experience.  She can help you live the dream on Hilton Head island.  She is happily married and has a charismatic teenage son.

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