Story River Dolphin Cruise Book Now

Adults $40/Kids 12 & under $20
2 hours


Join us for a 2-hour ecotour to explore the salt marsh estuary created by the network of capillary creeks that lead from Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina. This tour is ideal for families and nature lovers that want to learn more about the native habitats and the animals that live within them, included the gregarious and curious Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.  

These near-shore living toothed whales are fascinating creatures that thrive in family units called pods and can be easily seen feeding, frolicking or simply lounging in the nutrient rich waters adjoining Hunting Island State Park. Often, they will breach close enough to the boat that you can hear them breathe.

While we look for dolphins, your guide will also point out the other wildlife that lives in this diverse ecosystem. The Story River is home to nearly 300 different species of birds, including egrets, herons, terns, bald eagles, roseate spoonbills and pelicans. As we enter this saltwater tidal zone, we’re sure to see many of these birds as they feed in the estuary.

There is no better way to enjoy the educational and inspiring aspects of these wonderful creatures than from the stable platform of our expedition cruiser, Godwit

The Coastal Expeditions on-board naturalist will share interesting facts about the human history as it intertwines with the natural history of these waters dating from the prehistoric habitation of the indigenous people to the very first western European settlers in our state in the mid-seventeenth century. 

We will cruise through a watery landscape dotted with hammock island high ground, sea island maritime forests, barrier island beaches and miles of long stretches of uninterrupted view shed that are endemic to this ecosystem containing the only National Natural Landmark in the South Carolina State Parks system, St. Philips Island.  Coastal Expeditions is excited for the opportunity to offer this tour in partnership with South Carolina State Parks.

Coastal Expeditions subscribes to the most ethical and unobtrusive methods to present educational nature outings.  It is our mission to in no way disturb or harass wildlife in the course of any of our adventures. 


This tour may be booked as a private charter.  Just call (843)884-7684 and let us know that you want to do a dolphin tour from Hunting Island.

Interested in taking the ferry to St. Phillips Island?  Check it out here!

Things to Know

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY
Currently, we are running the ferry at a limited capacity to ensure good social distancing while on board. Please bring a face mask for boarding and while you are on the boat.

TOUR DURATION
2 hours

ARRIVE EARLY
Arrive 30 minutes early and meet at the Russ Point Boat Landing where you will board the boat.

WHAT TO WEAR
Dress for the weather.  A light windbreaker jacket is often welcome, even on warm days.

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, binoculars. Please bring payment with you on the day of your tour.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
This tour is a boat cruise and is suitable for most ages and abilities.

ABOUT THE BOAT
Motor vessel Godwit is a US Coast Guard-certified passenger carrying vessel with a master captain at the helm.  This boat holds more than 30 people comfortably and has a sun shade that covers the boat.

NEED TO CANCEL?
There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Please call if you need to cancel or reschedule.

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Birding, Dolphins & Wildlife, Young Kid Friendly

Story River Dolphin Cruise

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