Cruising alongside dolphins can be an incredibly memorable experience, much like running with the bulls or skydiving with the bulls. Feel the rush with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a 2.5-hour Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruise (up to a $34 value)
- $18 for a 3.5-hour Capers Wildlife Exploration (up to a $38 value)
The Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruise heads out to the salt marshes and inlets along the barrier islands that house playful bottlenose dolphins. As the marine mammals glide through the waters, guides educate guests on the specie’s social behaviors, diet, and reasons for preferring ‘70s rock over ‘80s rock. Guests also receive about an hour to disembark and explore Capers Island’s Boneyard Beach. Cruises depart on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.
The Capers Wildlife Exploration transports guests by boat to Capers Island, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands. Wandering along interior freshwater ponds, salt marshes fed by tidal creeks, and Boneyard Beach, explorers glimpse wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles, pelicans, and ospreys. Along the way, nets and habitat traps give guests an intimate look at rarely seen marine life. The tour typically departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Barrier Island Eco Tours’ rates fluctuate based on age.
Barrier Island Eco Tours
Repeating a tradition that went back to their high-school days, three college friends sat on a Capers Island beach, roasting oysters over a cedar fire. They looked out at all the undeveloped land of the barrier islands and the low country, feeling like the sole witnesses to the beauty of pristine nature—and recognized that was a problem. Understanding that both tourists and locals were overlooking these untouched salt marshes and tidal pools, they decided to launch Barrier Island Eco Tours to help instill a greater respect and appreciation in the greater population. After receiving permission from the Department of Natural Resources, and with just a six-passenger boat, they began taking guests out on eco tours, fishing trips, and beach cookouts.
Today, Barrier Island’s naturalists have a fleet of boats for their six eco-friendly adventures such as sunset cruises to see bottlenose dolphins, a wildlife tours of Capers Island, and guided fishing trips for trophies such as redfish, shark, and stealth submarines. They also organize group and special events, from weddings to school fieldtrips.