Best View of the Island

Many islanders will tell you that the best view on Hilton Head Island is when you are off Hilton Head Island – in a boat. While we love ocean views and beachfront views, views of the island from the water are often magical. You’re cruising along and, all of a sudden, there’s a pod of dolphins off the port or starboard side, playing, jumping, it seems, just for your amusement – and theirs. Maybe the toughest part about seeing Hilton Head from the water is which boat to choose. The ultimate in luxury is the Spirit of Harbour Town with sunset dinner cruises, fireworks cruises, even a day trip to Savannah. It’s a large yacht, licensed to carry 149 passengers, but the views are outstanding and, on warm days, so is the air conditioning.

If you would like to get up close and personal with the marsh on the back side of the island, Outside Hilton Head has great guided kayak nature tours in Broad Creek, or at company-owned Page Island on the Cooper River, just across from Daufuskie Island. There is something delightful about watching a heron standing stock still in the cordgrass, waiting for the marsh to offer up its breakfast.

Outside Hilton Head also has special fireworks tours at Shelter Cove every Tuesday night in the summer. The luxury yacht, Captain Rudy Thomas out of Broad Creek Marina is another fireworks choice. The Capt. Thomas will also take you on a guided day trip to Savannah, one of America’s oldest cities.

But maybe the best view of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area is being above the water. You and your family can go parasailing! At South Beach Marina, check in with Island Water Sports. Out of Harbour Town in Sea Pines, contact H2O Sports or Sky Pirate Parasailing at Broad Creek Marina and Palmetto Bay Parasail at Palmetto Bay Marina.

On the water off Hilton Head Island. Nothing better.


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