Dolphin watching in Charleston, SC

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Dolphins strand feeding on Kiawah Island | Photo by @thewildstein

We are diving into some ways you can see dolphins swimming, strand feeding, and playing around the Lowcountry.

🐬 Charleston Outdoor Adventures | Dolphin Boat Tour 

This boat tour departs at the dock on Bowens Island. This outdoor adventure will explore inlets, creeks, and marshes behind Folly Beach. It’s also home to 300+ residential, wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.  

🐬 Coastal Expeditions | Hunting Island Dolphin Cruise + Shem Creek Kayak Tour 

Take an educational ecotour cruise to explore the salt marsh estuary and spot bottlenose dolphins near Hunting Island State Park (departs in Beaufort) or hop in a kayak and see the dolphins up close and personal

🐬 Flipper Finders | Dolphin Boat Tour

While on this tour behind Folly Beach, be on the lookout for strand feeding as the captain shares information about the local ecosystem. This ~2 hour tour can host up to 18 people, and it’s BYOB. 

🐬 Barrier Island Eco Tours | Sunset Dolphin Tours

During this 2.5-hour sunset boat excursion (boat departs Isle of Palms) plan to encounter bottlenose dolphins + loggerhead sea turtles. You’ll also learn about the dolphins’ social behavior, feeding habits + more. There’s even time set aside to get off the boat and explore Capers Island’s “bone-yard beach.”

🐬 Sandlapper Water Tours | Nature & Dolphin ECO Tour

As you travel through the Charleston Harbor, there’s a good chance you’ll see the bottlenose dolphins come out to play. Along the way, cruisers might be joined by birds including Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Eastern Brown Pelicans + Least Terns.

🐬 Harborview Charters | BYOB Sunset Cruise

There are possible sightings of bottlenose dolphins on this tour that cruises past White Point Gardens, Waterfront Park + Castle Pinckney. This sunset cruise boards at the Ripley Light Marina

Looking to spot some dolphins out and about on your own while exploring? Here’s everything you need to know about strand feeding on Seabrook Island + check out this guide on where to spot dolphins around our coastal city.