The South Carolina Coast is home to numerous water species but none as beloved as the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. An intelligent and wildly entertaining mammal, a dolphin watching tour is a perfect family activity for those visiting Charleston. Dolphin watching tour guides are well versed in dolphin behavior and habits but are also knowledgeable on our coastal environment and other popular water residents. And you can also combine an exhilarating jet ski ride with a guided dolphin watching tour. So whether your vessel of choice is jet ski, power boat, sailboat or kayak come enjoy the Carolina Coast and the spectacle of the bottlenose dolphin in his natural habitat.
Charleston Local Businesses
Heart Marsh Outfitters:
We offer access to some of Charleston's wildlife and history rich salt-marsh estuaries, come explore this backyard wilderness with Captain Luke! All of our trips are private custom experience aboard our spacious and versatile 24ft Carolina skiff. Our passion for environmental education, conservation, history, and everything outdoors is the guiding force behind Heart Marsh Outfitters. Have a personal encounter with bottlenose dolphin, throw a cast net, and search an undeveloped beach island for shells, are just a few of the experiences to expect on your private charter- Guaranteed to be an experience you won’t forget! And of course we can customize your trip to fit your needs and interests, whether its photography, birding, shelling, dolphin watching, romantic cruises, or just a relaxing day on an undeveloped beach!
Waterdog Paddle Company:
Water Dog Paddle Company is the source for Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) adventures for Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns islands. Offering guided private and group tours, Stand up paddle board rentals, and private lessons for first-timers to experienced paddlers. The Water Dog “Dolphin Tour” is a 2 hour, Lifeguard Certified Guided Tour, which takes you along Bohicket Creek & into the depths of the Salt Marsh, searching for dolphin, birds and other wildlife. Included in the tour are Boardworks Paddleboards, Carbon Fiber Paddle, Lifejacket, Leash & Bottled Water. Daily options, including a sunset dolphin tour and all must be booked 24hrs in advance. Tour guide, Ryan Kennedy, will teach you everything you need to know about the fastest growing sport in the USA!
Looking for fun things to do in Charleston that combine the history and beauty of the Lowcountry, and will definitely get the "thumbs up" from the kids? Thriller Charleston is your answer. Enjoy a one-hour tour on our modern, bright yellow power catamaran, and sit back while we make history FUN. Great for all family members from 3 to 93, Thriller offers a tour that perfectly combines live narration with some of the best rock music recorded. We are the only water tour boat in Charleston that goes out into the Atlantic Ocean to check out the Morris Island Lighthouse. A tour on Thriller will put a smile on everyone's face and is sure to cool you off after a long day of touring. If it's a day with wind and waves, you might even get wet! What is there not to love? Speed, music, wind, waves and beautiful scenery - We've got it all!
Charleston Kayak Company:
Charleston Kayak Company is a small kayak outfitter and boat tour operator specializing in creating unique and memorable on water experiences for their guests. Let our professional Guides and USCG certified master captains show you the real low-country. Offerings include regularly scheduled guided nature kayak tours and rentals, private guided tours, group events, and boat charters. Daily kayaking tour options depart from Folly Beach, Mt Pleasant/Sullivan's Island, and from historic Middleton Place. Boat charters are available daily on a spacious 24ft Carolina Skiff for dolphin watching cruises, sunrise / sunset cruises, and Morris Island Lighthouse trips.
Absolute Reel Screamer Charters:
Join us for a Private, 2 or 4 hour cruise through calm rivers lined with oyster beds and exotic birds, encounter Bottlenose Dolphins and explore Morris Island. Enjoy the dolphins as they swim next to the boat or feeding in the shallows, it's spectacular! Explore a barrier island to look for shells where Civil War soldiers fought, died and are still buried. You'll enjoy all this beauty and history as the 6th oldest lighthouse in the nation, the Morris Island Lighthouse, serves as your backdrop. We have something for everybody on this trip. We also offer Inshore and Near Shore fishing charters and a trip specifically targeting Shark! The dolphins are always here, the beach is always covered in shells. So come on and join us! You never know what washed up the night before...
Sandlapper Water Tours:
Welcome to Sandlapper Tours, a locally owned and operated tour and private boat charter company offering boat charters, history, nature and sunset tours each providing a unique way to experience the beauty and legend of Charleston, SC and all aboard the Palmetto, our 45ft USCG certified catamaran. Our Nature tours and History tours are proud to have a local naturalist and historian aboard who will interpret the sites guests will see. Come aboard for a Haunted Harbor Ghost Tour and explore the sites that cannot be reached on foot and hear the tales of lost fortunes and tragic death while riding Charleston's dark waves, you will never see this seaport the same again after attending one of our Charleston haunted Ghost tours! Experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.
St. Johns Kayaks:
Offering guided Eco Kayaking Tours, Fishing Tours, Eco Powerboat Excursions, Dolphin watching and shelling tours, small & large groups up to 60. Located on the historic Andell Bluff Plantation on Johns Island, just minutes from the entrances of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. Tours offer guests an opportunity to explore the Lowcountry's unique tidal marshes, estuaries and beaches, and learn the importance of protecting these areas for future generations. We welcome our Lowcounty neighbors, guests, school & church activities, civic, and conservation groups seeking to experience the natural beauty, unique wildlife, and history of the Lowcountry. Join us and share our love and fascination for our barrier islands, marine life, marshes, sea birds, seashells, beaches and more. No experience necessary and all ages welcomed. Please call (843) 330-2115 for Reservations!
Capt. Jack's Sailing & Dolphin Watching:
Charter your own private, affordable sailing yacht while you vacation near Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island or Charleston, South Carolina. Offering a variety of trips including our very popular Private Island Picnic Shelling Adventure, day sailing charters, family fishing trips, sunset sails and dolphin watching trips. A majestic Low Country sunset sail is the perfect way to relax after a day at the beach, a round of golf at Kiawah Island or a hard day of shopping in Charleston, South Carolina. If you enjoy nature, the Palmetto Tide specializes in personalized dolphin eco tours. There is so much to see here, this is probably the best place on the East Coast to see dolphin. Dolphins play along side while your skipper shares the local sailing lore and natural history of this area. Make your reservation early for your private group of up to six people to set sail aboard the Palmetto Tide.
Offering two-hour guided kayak tours in the creeks and marshes around Edisto, Our guides are naturalists who can help you identify what you see and give you a truly educational experience. A kayaking tour in the ACE Basin is wonderful for bird-watching, dolphin-watching, fresh air and great exercise... a true eco tour. We provide the gear, You provide enthusiasm! We also offer offshore and inshore fishing charters and alligator sightseeing cruises. Fishing trips include everything you need except food & drink including rods, tackle, and bait. Try a shelling excursion to Otter Island! Enjoy three hours on a deserted island in the heart of the ACE Basin where you're likely to see bottle nosed dolphins on the trip over and back. Or get out on a paddleboard rental and cruise on your own.
Adventure Harbor Tours:
Try your hand at a half or whole day of Charter boat fishing with one of our expert guides, and land the big one! Or spend 90 minutes on a dolphin cruise while taking in all the glory that touring the Charleston Harbor tour has to offer. You can also take a short boat ride out to Morris Island and try your luck at hunting shells and sharks teeth along Charleston's most pristine and undeveloped barrier Island beach. You'll be surprised how much history has come and gone. Charleston history? Let us take you on our "Off the Beaten Path Tour" and see historic sites where the other tour boats can't go! Get up close and personal with historic areas like the Morris Island Lighthouse, the "Swamp Angel", "Castle Pinckney" and Fort Palmetto. And of course, there are boats available for private charters, photography outings, and sunset/booze harbor cruises with a USCG charter Captain provided to be your guide and designated driver for the day. Combo tickets are available. See our website for money saving coupons.
Nature Adventures Outfitters:
Take a Kayak Nature Adventure tour to coastal barrier islands, rivers, rice plantations and beautiful cypress swamps in and around the Charleston, South Carolina area. Kayak or Canoe rentals are available for those who want to explore on their own, while guided kayaking tours are just right for a memorable family vacation. Canoe and Kayak Blackwater and Swamp & creek tours are offered daily, as are our Saltwater Kayaking trips, by ACA Certified & Master Naturalist Guides! Come see dolphin & pelicans at eye level! Absolutely, the best kayak nature tours outfitter in Charleston, SC! Recommended by National Geographic.