Hilton Head Dolphin Tour & Sunset Cruise Rates

The Tale Hunter can accommodate up to 15 passengers. Reservations are required.

Dolphin Tours

1 1/2 Hour Cruise
$45 / Adult

$35 / Children 12 and Under

Private Dolphin Tours

1 1/2 Hour Private Cruise, up to 15 guests.
$250 / up to 4 guests $40 per additional adult / $30 per additional child (12 and under)

Longer tours can be accommodated, please call.

Sunset Cruise

2 Hour Cruise.
$50 / Adult

$45 / Children 12 and under

Private Sunset Cruise

2 Hour Private Cruise, up to 15 guests.
$300 / up to 4 guests $45 per additional adult / $35 per additional child (12 and under)

Longer tours can be accommodated, please call.

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Customary 15-20% gratuity is not included in the price and can not be added to your final invoice.  Cash gratuity is welcome after your cruise or if you prefer Venmo Captain Rick @ Rick-Williams-Dolphintour

Dolphin Tour Departure Times

  • Monday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Tuesday : 8:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday : 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Thursday : 8:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Friday : 8:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm

Sunset Cruise Departure Times

  • Winter : 3:30pm
  • Spring : 5:30pm
  • Summer : 6:00pm
  • Fall : 5:30pm

What should you bring on your cruise?

  • Cold drinks & snacks.
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses with a retaining strap.
  • If relevant, an extra pair of contact lenses and required medications.
  • Don’t forget to capture your adventure with cameras, GoPro, and cell phones.
  • We will go out rain or shine – please bring rain gear as summer showers are common in the Low-country.
  • In the spring and fall, a light jacket is recommended.
  • Binoculars to enhance viewing of birds and animals (optional).
  • Please note that smoking is not permitted on board.

We also offer exciting inshore & nearshore fishing charters!

Catch Red Drum, Barracuda, Shark, Snapper and more with Capt. Joe.

Join us on our dolphin eco-cruise for a wild, fun & educational dolphin experience your family will never forget!!

Hilton Head Island is nestled into the heart of the salt marshes or Low Country. This area spans 350 square miles on the east coast and is home to plenty of active Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.  Dolphins of Hilton Head are always around because of our rich natural habitat loaded with plenty of fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters.

Departing from the Hilton Head Boathouse dock directly behind Hilton Head Island's landmark restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse board our 27' Carolina Skiff bay boat as we explore the inlets, creeks and marshes around Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge in search of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. While the resident dolphins are not fed or trained, with the right know-how, they can usually be found within minutes of departure in our calm estuary waters. Your captain will discuss our natural ecosystems and wildlife, local history, and dolphin fun facts while always operating the vessel in a manner that is safe and respectful of the dolphins and their need for space. You will be able to watch these intelligent creatures play, feed, mate and sleep in person from a close, but safe, distance. As you cruise through this saltwater wilderness, you may also see dolphins exhibit an unique hunting technique known as strand feeding. This feeding technique is amazing but rare to see as it has only been observed in his region of the world.

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common marine mammal along the South Carolina coast. These are the dolphins that we see playing and feeding just off our island beaches. They are solid gray on top, with lighter sides and belly, and reach an adult length of between six and twelve feet. These dolphin stay within the coastal marshes year round because there are so many different marine species that live here year round.

During your excursion you may see other animals that call Hilton Head Island home:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Brown Pelican
  • Diamond Back Terrapin
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Osprey
  • Piping Plover
  • Sanderling
  • American Alligator
Sea turtle
Majestic osprey bringing fish

Join us for a sunset cruise experience your family will never forget!!

For a delightful 2 hour excursion departing from the Hilton Head Boathouse docks behind Hilton Head Island's legendary eatery Skull Creek Boathouse indulge yourself in the soothing and relaxing affair of a Hilton Head Island Island sunset from the unique vantage point of the water.

Watch the sun set fire to the sky as the water glides past the boat sailing in the Port Royal Sound. Bring a perfect end to your day by watching the suns magnificent reflection on the water as it slowly sinks beyond the horizon. Along with the beauty of a summer South Carolina sunset, you will have an experience of which memories are made.


Our Eco Tour Charter Boat

Tale Hunter is a 2018 27-foot Carolina Skiff she is a shallow draft vessel created specifically for sailing our low country estuaries and waterways. Our 15 passenger US Coast Guard certified tour vessel is designed for your safety and comfort. It comes equipped with a helm to bow canvas top to keep you and your family in the shade and comfortable cushioned seats that surround the boat offering great viewing in any direction.


Our boat is located at the landmark Hilton Head Island eatery  Skull Creek Boathouse Restaurant, 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head SC 29926. Park in the restaurant lot or the parking lot to the left of the restaurant the Boathouse Marina is located BEHIND the restaurant.

Walk down to the marina docks, there you will find Captain Rick in our 27’ Carolina Skiff.


Please allow yourself enough drive time, time to find our location, park and make it down to our boat. Parking is crowded at the marina in the warmer months so please be patient. You may drop off guests at dock entrance before parking. There are no restrooms on our vessel, but there are facilities in the marina area.

Tickets are non-refundable unless your tour is cancelled by Hilton Head Fishing Charters - Tale Hunter, but you may reschedule  your tour with at east 24 HOURS notice prior to the scheduled departure time. You may also request a voucher to use at a later date if cancellation is made prior to 24 hours of your departure time. We will NOT honor rescheduling or vouchers within 24 hours of your departure time. 

Cancellation due to weather is at Captains discretion only! 

We will contact you on the phone number provided on the day of your tour if there are any weather concerns/cancellations. The Captain keeps a diligent eye on weather and will inform you in ample time to get you rescheduled. Weather cancellations are 100% refundable if rescheduling is not possible. Isolated/pop-up thunderstorms are a way of life here in the summer months and they may delay us for a few minutes our miss us entirely, so PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US.

Scheduled Tour departures, dates and times are contingent on/subject to multiple group interest (our minimum passenger requirement) on a given day. Please be flexible with your date range. Cancellations due to our minimum passenger requirement are 100% refundable if rescheduling is not possible