Hilton Head boat tours - Mermaid boat tours, find a mermaid

Hilton Head Boat Tours

Are you looking for fun and exciting Hilton Head boat tours?  We have 4 tours that will give you memories that last a lifetime.  

These mermaid tours are quickly becoming one of the top things to do in Hilton Head. It is the experience of a lifetime that you won’t want to miss. There is magic in the waters around Hilton Head and these are the only Hilton Head tours that can prove it to you. On these fun and exciting excursions you will go out in search of the Mermaid of Hilton Head. When you find her swimming in the wild waters around Hilton Head, she will swim right up to the boat and talk to you.

Not only do you get to see and talk to the Mermaid of Hilton Head, but you will also get to do some dolphin watching as you cruise around the waters. These tours are a must do for kids of all ages. Boys and girls alike love to go on the quest to find the mermaid. It is an unforgettable adventure indeed.

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As you board the boat, you will be welcomed with mermaid themed music that will make you feel as if you are climbing aboard a Disney ride. While Mermaid Nina is not Ariel, the Little Mermaid, she is still just as friendly. The magic isn’t just in the water, it is also in the atmosphere on the boat tour. We will get stopped along the way as we see bottlenose dolphins playing in their natural environment and we will learn about Hilton Head Island, the land and the water. 

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This isn’t just a boring boat tour. Along with the dolphin watching, this Hilton Head boat tour offers all kinds of Low Country wildlife along the way. From different species of birds like Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Spoonbills, Osprey, Woodstorks, and even Bald Eagles to sea turtles and otters and you may even see a manatee, there’s no telling what we might find. But the best part of this tour that is so unique is when you find the Mermaid of Hilton Head and she swims right up to the boat.

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When this real mermaid swims up to the boat and talks to the passengers they will get to ask all of their mermaid questions. She will also talk to you about Hilton Head Island wildlife and her ocean home. There is no better way to learn about the ocean than from a real mermaid.

Mermaid Nina knows our local bottlenose dolphins by name, too, and she can tell you which ones you saw if you give her a good description. This brings dolphin watching to a new level when you get to know the dolphins as individuals. Her dolphin friends consist of Stan, Daisy, Stu, Cheerio, Nick, Chopper, Rowdy, Gary, Droopy, Baby Dave, Baby James, Frankie, and Roly Poly just to name a few. As you are dolphin watching, remember which ones you saw so you can tell Mermaid Nina. Hilton Head Island has approximately 170 resident bottlenose dolphins who live here for dolphin watching year-round.

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You will also learn the story of how Mermaid Nina became the Mermaid of Hilton Head. She was discovered on the island after Hurricane Matthew and you will also learn about what impact that has had on our island and how she helps protect her ocean friends. She will also teach you why the things she does are important for our ecosystem and what small changes you can make to your every day routine to help make a difference for her and her ocean home. Dolphin watching has never been more fun!

Once the Mermaid of Hilton Head has said her good-byes to her new human friends, she dives down into the water and disappears.

This Hilton Head boat tour is 75 minutes of fun-filled time out on the waters around Hilton Head. The boat is a tritoon boat that is covered and has comfortable bench seating. The boat is also low to the water, getting you up close to the dolphins and of course, Mermaid Nina. Mermaid Encounter boat tours are such a fun, unique experience and the little ones have said it's a great thing to do in Hilton Head. We have had feedback from parents who say their child has not stopped talking about their experience on the boat tour for weeks and even months after they get home.