Things To Do In Hilton Head Island

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Some people spend their days working with computers and copiers; the staff at Parasail Hilton Head prefer parasails, banana boats, and jet skis. Based at Salty Fare Boat Landing, the team shares its sense of adventure with visitors ages 6 and up.

During parasailing outings, Parasail Hilton Head's 31-foot parasail boat zooms through Skull Creek, lifting riders up to 500 feet into the air so that they can ogle the area's million-dollar homes, drifting sailboats, and frolicking dolphins. The company's captains also cut zigzags into the water during wild banana boat rides for up to six people, and they let customers do the driving by renting out jet skis by the hour.

86 Helmsman Way
Hilton Head Island,
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An armada of sea kayaks quietly slices through the sparkling waters of Broad Creek, suddenly interrupted by the playful splashes of two bottlenose dolphins sidling up to the fleet. As the people in the kayaks erupt into squeals of glee, one of Water Dog Outfitters’ seasoned guides launches into an impromptu lesson explaining dolphin behaviors and why they’ve alighted upon the kayaks. This awe-inspiring interaction is the reason Water Dog Outfitters was founded in 1998, and today its knowledgeable staff continue to lead engaging, history-laced tours around Hilton Head Island, Pinckney Island, and the surrounding lowlands. While the company’s focus remains on maritime exploits along local rivers and impressive puddles, Water Dog’s cadre of naturalists also returns to terra firma to lead bicycle tours and hikes for explorers of all ages and abilities.

101 Marshland Road
Hilton Head Island,
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Marshgrass Adventures' staff designs expeditions that explore their passion for the diverse ecology of the Lowcountry region, including Hilton Head Island. From fishing outings to leisurely kayak tours, the knowledgeable guides enlighten tour goers on the varied flora and fauna that litter the shorelines. The staff supports both catching and releasing or grilling the area's fish, which include trout, tarpon, and redfish. Guests on stand-up paddleboards slip out across the water, perfecting their balance quickly as they cut among swaying grasses and blue herons.

55 Fording Island Rd. Ext.
Hilton Head Island,
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The knowledgeable crew at Sky Pirate Parasail and Watersports facilitates rare aerial and aquatic experiences on Hilton Head Island with a collection of parasailing adventures, water-sports charters, leisurely cruises, and boat rentals. During each parasailing trip, a captain with more than 10 years of experience safely hoists guests up to 500 feet in the air from the deck of a USCG-Certified, 12-passenger boat. They also offer tandem and triple rides, allowing groups to share views of egrets, herons, and lethargic supermen flying nearby. The staff helms leisurely cruises of Broad Creek and Calibogue Sound, and their dolphin ecology tours follow the graceful adventures of nature's synchronized swim team. Guests can schedule a water-sports charter to enjoy several hours of tubing and water-skiing, and they may also rent 16- to 25-foot boats for personal adventures.

18 Simmons Road
Hilton Head Island,
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Glossy, tall tables and funky decorative woodwork on the walls make Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge feel like a ritzy nightclub lounge. The tapas is just as distinctive as the decor—tastes from all over the globe come together in each small plate made with locally sourced ingredients. Feel free to try Greek lamb sliders alongside tandoori chicken skewers. Or sample miniature sushi tuna pizzas alongside tender carolina crab cakes. The portions are more substantial than your typical tapas joint, too. Still, if you want something other than small plates, Daniel's also offers a more straightforward selection of steaks and seafood, including their signature surf and turf, NY strip steak, and slow-cooked, herb roasted chicken. After dinner hours, Daniel's transforms into a nightclub and hosts DJs and dance parties.

2 N Forest Beach Dr
Hilton Head Island,
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With captain Jon "Gumbo" DeLoach at the helm of their sturdy vessel, Polecat Charters guides fishers and sightseers through inshore and offshore waterways teeming with myriad varieties of edible fish. Captain DeLoach ferries up to six passengers at a time through Intercoastal waters for up to eight hours, drawing on more than 20 years of local fishing experience to drag their bait-laden hooks through the habitats of sea bass, redfish, tarpon, and king mackerel. Wildlife watching tours, meanwhile, take passengers within stone-skipping distance of playful wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and egrets who swim alongside boats and sing Vaudevillian show tunes.

3 Hudson Road
Hilton Head Island,
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