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Reviewed May 13, 2018
What You'll Get
Cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $7, you get admission to Captain Mark's Dolphin Watch Nature Cruise from Adventure Cruises in the Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head Island (up to a $14 value). Regular admission for kids ages 3–12 is $7, and those under 2 are admitted free.
Captain Mark's Dolphin Cruises take water wanderers on a voyage that spotlights playful sea life and panoramic views of the coastline. Featuring more than 45 points of interest, the narrated cruise presents land-weary eyes with sights such as wading birds, bottle-nosed dolphins, and cozy oyster beds. Terrestrial attractions include exquisite homes and yachts and picturesque islands. Tours cruise across calm waters for an hour and 45 minutes and are available during daytime hours as well as at sunset, allowing cruisers to watch their favorite star recede into the water until it reignites the next morning. Cruises set sail on an excursion vessel dubbed Holiday, inspected and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The watercraft features restrooms, a snack bar, and both open and shaded seating.
Tours run, weather permitting, Monday–Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The tour schedule is subject to change without notice. Call (843) 785-4558 for schedule information.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Subject to availability, schedule subj to change without notice. Tours require 12-person minimum to take place. Not valid for fireworks cruise nights. No cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Captain Mark's Dolphin Watch Cruise
The midday sun beats down on the hat-clad heads of the passengers, but they barely feel the heat. The rapt crowd has gathered on the top deck of the Holiday, their eyes collectively glued to the waters below them where a glossy fin emerged and disappeared a second ago. The onlookers’ silence suddenly dissolves into a symphony of awed whispers and camera clicks as a trio of playful bottlenose dolphins breaks through the water and splashes about near the ship. Creating moments such as this between humans and nature has been Captain Mark's Dolphin Watch Cruise’s mission since setting sail on its inaugural excursion in 1983.
Based out of Shelter Cove Harbour, Captain Mark's Dolphin Watch Cruise's experienced crew introduces visitors to area wildlife via two varieties of aquatic adventures. Daytime and sunset dolphin watch nature cruises glide past numerous scenic points of interest including Wexford Plantation, marine creatures, oyster beds, and oyster laundry piles. Alternatively, Let’s Go Crabbing trips ferry kids and adults away aboard the Crabber J II for a lively session of crustacean catching.