There is something soothing about being out on the water. The rhythmic motion of the waves and the beauty of nature has a way of putting the mind at ease. As the name suggests, Hilton Head Island is surrounded by water, including acres of marshland, a number of local creeks and rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the mighty Atlantic. Visiting the island and want to get off of dry land but don’t know how? We put together a list of some of our favorite ways to get out on the water.
Take a peaceful sail on the protected waters of the Calibogue Sound and Intracoastal waterway in one of HHI Sailing’s two sturdy catamarans. Stable boats and inland waters make this a great trip for anyone with seasickness concerns. HHI Sailing is located in Palmetto Bay Marina.
No big groups here! Commander Zodiac takes a max of 6 guests on each of its cruises. Focusing on the unique ecology of the low country surroundings, knowledgeable captains point out dolphin, countless waterbirds, and plenty of other coastal wildlife on these fun-filled adventures. Commander Zodiac is located in South Beach Marina.
Capt. Hook runs one of the largest fishing boats on the Island and goes the extra mile to make things easy for guests. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, help cleaning your catch, and ice to keep it fresh are all included in the cost of a charter. All you need to bring is yourself! Captain Hook’s Party Boat is located in the Shelter Cove Marina.
For the best inshore fishing in the area get in touch with Captain Dan. His thirty years of experience means he really knows how to put his customers onto the fish. Captain Dan specializes in redfish but has been known to go after Cobia, Tarpon and shark when the time is right. Contact Captain Dan through his website to schedule a trip.
Looking for a more natural way to get out on the water? Trade loud engine noise and crowded boat decks for a peaceful paddle in a Kayak. Let Dave take you on a tour of the marshes you won’t soon forget. Along with the beautiful scenery, guests will get up close and personal with blue crabs, shrimp, dolphin, and much more. Kayak Hilton Head is located on Broad Creek.
A mash up of surfing and kayaking, standup paddleboarding is a great way to enjoy the water, while getting a fantastic workout. It won’t take long to understand why paddleboarding has exploded in popularity over the last few weeks. H20 offers beginners classes for first timers (don’t worry, you’ll pick it up quickly). More experienced paddlers can rent a board hourly and have the freedom to explore the marshes of Hilton Head Island on their own. H2O Sports is located at the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse.