There’s no more idyllic scene of Isle of Palms that a peaceful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether it’s from a beach chair or charter boat, there are many ways to experience Isle of Palm’s beachside lifestyle. For an unforgettable experience, plan to embark on one of our favorite Isle of Palms dolphin tours! Our area is home to some of the best eco-tours around. We highly recommend Barrier Island Ecotours and Coastal Expeditions. Take in amazing views of the Charleston Harbor and expert information on this area’s dolphins with friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. These boat tours are an exciting addition to any itinerary!
When you’re ready to start planning, request a copy of our free Isle of Palms Vacation Guide! This resource is sure to make vacation planning a breeze, as it’s filled with local insight on what to do during your trip to the Lowcountry.
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Our Favorite Isle of Palms Dolphin Tours
Barrier Island Ecotours
Barrier Island Ecotours has a couple of options for dolphin tours. The Sunset Dolphin Cruise is one of the most popular options. Cruise through the Charleston Harbor in search of bottlenose dolphins, who call the local salt marshes home. This tour includes educational information on the dolphin’s lifestyle, behavior, and more from experienced boat captains.
The most popular Barrier Island Ecotour is the Capers Island Wildlife Expedition. This 3.5-hour tour takes guests from the shore to Capers Island, an undeveloped barrier island. During the tour, guests can expect to see bottlenose dolphins and several species of seabirds. This tour also includes 1.5 hours of free time to explore Capers Island, which is known for shelling and bird watching.
Coastal Expeditions offers 10 unique Isle of Palms dolphin tours. From sunrise tours to a safari cruise, you’re sure to find an adventure that suits your needs! The most popular selection is the Charleston Harbor Boat Cruise. This tour boat departs from Shem Creek Flagship and cruises to the Charleston Harbor. Along the way, take in incredible views of Charleston’s skyline and an acrobat show from local bottlenose dolphins. Each tour is led by a friendly and knowledgable guide who will educate you on Charleston’s historic sites in the distance as well as the local wildlife.
After an exciting day on the water, enjoy signature Charleston dishes at some of the most incredible Shem Creek restaurants.
Stay Near the Shore With East Islands Rentals
East Islands Rentals features a large inventory of oceanfront rentals. Nearly 20 of our rental homes are located on the Isle of Palm’s shoreline. It’s possible to enjoy peaceful views of seabirds and dancing dolphins from your porch when you stay in one of these homes!
Consider a stay in 2916 Palm. This oceanfront rental boats six bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and unobstructed ocean views. Better yet, you can receive four free Barrier Island Eco Tours tickets with weekly reservations. That way, you can enjoy Isle of Palms dolphin tours at no additional cost.
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