My family of six fit perfectly on the boat, which was private, and closer to the water than the other large tours. We had Todd as a guide and he was VERY knowledgeable about the dolphins/area. He answered all of our questions patiently. He even let my smaller kids sit closer when one of the dolphins was “showing off” for us. We got to see many dolphins up close!! A wonderfully fantastic experience that my husband, kids, and I will always remember!
Visited April 2016
My husband has mobility issues but we really wanted to share this adventure together. Everyone of the staff and Captain Todd did a fabulous job of helping him into the zodiac and out at the end of excursion. We saw dolphins and were provided with interesting information about the animals and their habits. It was exhilarating being out on the water and enjoying the sights and sounds. Captain Todd gave us a great experience and took into consideration the conditions of the wind and water to provide us a safe and thoroughly enjoyable 1 hour trip!
We had a really nice time with me and my two kids. The captain (Travis) was flexible in catering the trip to us and our family. We did see dolphins and learned a lot about them and the areas we were seeing. We had a really good time! If we are ever back in the area, we’ll go again! We liked the size of the boat making it easy to navigate in the channels where they were playing.
This is a “must-do”! We have taken this tour twice and loved it each time. They take you out in the sound on the little zodiac boats and you get up close and personal with dolphins. It’s great with couples and tons of fun with kids. You will not be disappointed with this tour. You must make reservations in advance if you want to do this!
Fabulous boat trip and guide, Matt! We saw a lot of dolphins and had a lot of fun collecting sea shells on the disappearing sand bar. Bring a sand pail for collecting shells! Our kids are 2.5 and 4.5 – they loved it! But I would recommend that they wear swim suits if you go to the sand bar – they got wet because they wanted to go in the water.
A fabulous experience – totally worth it for all ages.
My fiancee and I went out with Captain Scott and another couple for the Salt Marsh Discovery on Monday, September 7th. The boat was small and a little bumpy at times, but this was also its strength–we were blown away by how many dolphins we got to see up close.
Captain Scott was a great storyteller and he seemed to genuinely love being out on the water. His enthusiasm included explanations of the marine ecosystem, but also extended to history of the island, with some funny stories mixed in.
Our initial dolphin sightings came when we parked behind a shrimp boat and watched as the dolphins (and birds!) gobbled up the non-shrimp catch that the boat was throwing back. It was amazing to see whole families (well, mother/son pairs at least) gleefully hanging out in the shrimp boat’s wake.
But the real treat came when Captain Scott took us back into the salt marshes to observe “strand fishing”. This is where dolphins pin fish up against a mud bank in the marsh, forcing them to jump out of the water. This “strands” the fish, and the dolphins then proceed to jump onto the mud bank and scoop up their prey.
We only got to see it briefly, but it was an unforgettable and unique experience. In fact, Captain Scott explained that this particular marsh near Hilton Head Island is the ONLY place in the world where this type of dolphin-fish hunting can be observed.
One of the other passengers remarked that he had seen the strand fishing on National Geographic, and Captain Scott grinned, saying that said footage was most likely filmed from his boat
If you want to see something a little different from your typical dolphin watching expedition, this is it.
We took the 2 hour excursion yesterday with my parents, hubby, and two kids, ages 8 and 2. Matt was our guide and he was just amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable, and just all around impressive! I’ve been coming to HHI since I was 7 years old (I’m 31 now, shhh…) and this is the first time we have ever done anything like this and I can tell you it will be a yearly outing for us from now on! I highly recommend this for ALL ages, as my parents, hubby, and myself definitely enjoyed it just as much as the kids!!! Thanks again Matt and Commander Zodiac! We will be repeat customers for sure!
Visited August 2015
Great boat ride – fun for the kids and adults- history lesson from the captain- tons of Dolphins to see for my kids- stopped a shell bank to pick up some shells. Love the location of the dock — right next to the salty dog.
Please share this photo with Matt. He was our captain on Monday. It
was an incredible trip and my daughter, Maria, took this photo of this
dolphin standing. We saw dozens of dolphins that day.
Matt was an excellent captain during our tour and we will recommend
your company to our friends and family.
Susan W. (Akron, NY)
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2014
Thank you very much for sending us the pictures, they turned out great! We all had a fun time! Kallie was talking about the boat and dolphins all day… thanks for letting her drive.
Thanks Heath for a great trip last week! I am hoping to upload pictures of the strand feeding this evening. Also, referred another Louisville family, that is coming down over the Fourth to ask for you.
Here is a photo of Captain Tom, Erika, Kaylee, Abby, & Adam