Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon.
$14 for One Adult Ticket for an Ocean Dolphin Cruise or Sunset Dolphin Cruise ($29.95 Value)
During 90-minute cruises, adult passengers are whisked through local waters to encounter stunning ocean views and dolphins at play. The ocean dolphin cruise floats through Calibogue Sound—a known wildlife haven—to the Atlantic Ocean's borders. While keeping an eye out for Atlantic bottleneck dolphins that swim and play in the gentle tides, guests also examine Hilton Head Island's notable sights, including Tybee Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, and the graceful egrets that soar through the Intracoastal Waterway. Alternatively, 90-minute sunset dolphin cruises bring along experienced naturalists who, along with boat captains, narrate adventures as the sun slowly disappears into its salt-marsh bed. As dolphins play in the silent waters below, guests peer out at moonlit Civil War slave quarters, the Strachan Mansion, and Haig Point Lighthouse. Children’s tickets for either tour are normally $10.
In 1968, Vagabond Cruise’s captains had only one small vessel to operate. It was a military patrol boat, and the crew used it to explore the crystal-clear waters and opaque coastlines of Hilton Head Island. But throughout the course of five decades, the fleet has bloomed into a family of four vessels—each paired with the various tours offered by the company. On the 74-foot yacht, The Spirit of Harbour Town, passengers enjoy an express dining cruise to Savannah. On the open deck of the 42-foot Mystique, passengers can enjoy cocktails while searching for views of dolphins and elusive sunsets. The Stars and Stripes boat carries guests with the aid of the wind blowing through the sails of its 92-foot mast, and the two-level Vagabond swiftly moves in on groups of dolphins so that guests can watch them play and observe their bookkeeping practices in the unspoiled estuaries behind Bull Island.
Though Vagabond Cruise sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.