Dolphin Watch


Commander Zodiac offers three different excursions on board our 20' inflatable zodiac rafts. These boats are hard bottom inflatable rafts which afford a much closer view and interaction with the nature and wildlife. We take a maximum of six passengers per boat to ensure a more personalized experience. We have more than one vessel during the busy season to allow larger parties to split amongst the boats and all go at the same time. All three of our excursions focus on educating you about the dolphins and affording you opportunities to be up close and personal with them. Every trip is a unique experience that changes with the tides and allows for new enjoyment every time you go on the water.


  This is our one hour excursion where we take you into Calibogue Sound which is intercoastal waters and home to the majority of Dolphins on Hilton Head. We will explore the coastal shores and marsh areas while pointing out many highlights of our area such as the historic lighthouses. We will view local nature and wildlife and the main objective will be to teach you about the Dolphins and get you close views of them. Your opportunity for photos will abound. This trip is great for young children and older guests and families that just want the opportunity to be up close and personal with the beautiful nature of Hilton Head. You don’t really experience the best part of Hilton Head until you have experienced the dolphins on the pristine waters of the island.

Cost: $33 Adults $23 Kids (11 and under)

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This is our ninety minute excursion which begins by exploring Calibogue Sound then continues further into the salt marshes and tidal estuaries where the possibility to experience amazing Dolphins and nature awaits. We spend more time viewing and learning about the local bird population, learning about the delicate ecosystem of the salt marshes and providing opportunities to see an unbelievable Dolphin feeding behavior unique to our area. This trip provides fantastic photo opportunities and is perfect for individuals and families that enjoy a more in depth look into this fascinating ecosystem.

Cost: $47 Adults $37 Kids (11 and under)

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This is our two hour excursion which begins like the one hour Dolphin watch, then continues into the tidal estuaries and then on to the famous disappearing sand bar where we will beach the boat and you will have an opportunity to explore the island searching for sand dollars, shells and driftwood. You will see shore birds, crabs, and many critters that call this area home. It is an amazing opportunity to walk on an island which will “disappear” an hour later. This excursion is great for everyone, even little kids, because you can get off the boat and explore as well as see all the sights by water. This is our most popular excursion so make sure and book early.

Cost: $65 Adults $55 Kids (11 and under)

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Personalized Excursions  

Catering to smaller parties allows us the opportunity to offer unique and personalized excursions for your family. If you are a long time returning customer or a new comer we can personalize a trip just for your party. Pricing will depend on the length of time and number in your group. We operate seven days a week and reservations are required. We have excursions available from early morning to sunset and the times change daily due to tides. You will want to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled tour time to fill out paper work and ensure an on time departure. Don’t wait, book early for the best selection of times.

CANCELLATION POLICY:   We require a credit card or full cash payment to hold and guarantee a reservation. If you need to cancel anyone or everyone or make any changes at all, we need a 24 hour cancellation notice to avoid a 100% cancellation charge. If the reservation is made within 24 hours of the activity, your reservation is confirmed at that time and any cancellations or no shows are charged 100%. If we have bad weather we will try to reschedule. If you can not reschedule to your convenience, your credit card number is erased and there is no charge. **Gratuity is greatly appreciated by your captains and sailing instructors. There is an ATM located in the South Beach Inn. **Gift Certificates are available upon request. **We also have Commander Zodiac T-shirts available. **We also have Commander Zodiac T-shirts available.