Dolphin Cruise with Coastal Expeditions

At Hunting Island State Park

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. 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. 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. To register for the dolphin cruise, copy the following address into your web browser:


  • October 11, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • October 12, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • November 9, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Registration Deadline

    Space is limited, so register asap. NEED TO CANCEL? You’ll need to call at least 48-hours ahead or you will be charged for the trip.

    Event Hours

    Noon-2pm and 5:30pm-8pm (sunset)

    Meeting Place

    Hunting Island State Park Pier Nature Center - arrive 30 minutes before scheduled tour time

    What to Bring

    Dress for the weather. A light windbreaker jacket is often welcome, even on warm days. Bring binoculars if you have them, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and water.


    $45/adult, $30/child