Kayaking on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island and all it has to offer can be enjoyed strolling on it’s white sand beaches, playing one of its many exceptional golf courses, riding the miles and miles of bicycle trails or one of my favorites, kayaking. You can soak up so much nature by renting a kayak or taking a guided tour paddling one of our many tidal creeks and salt marshes that surround Hilton Head Island and the May River in Bluffton.

Girl kayaking in marshes around Hilton Head SC

If it’s dolphins you’re looking for, then Calibogue Sound is the perfect place to start your adventure. Bottlenose dolphin are plentiful in our area. They are intelligent and very friendly creatures that enjoy seeing you as much as you enjoy seeing them. We don’t have “Flipper” on the island (that we know of) but, we do have “Blackbeard”, “Nick”, “Choppy” and “Big Bob” to name a few. They feed and play in the area all along our coastline and creeks all year long.

Dolphins coming out of the water near kayakers in Hilton Head

Along with the dolphin, you are most certain to see Bald Eagles nesting and circling overhead in search of their dinner. We also have mink, otter and manatee. The manatee travel up to South Carolina from Florida during the warmer months and can be seen watering around the local shrimp boat docks. There are twelve species of heron, ibis, egret and many other beautiful sea birds. Sea turtles can also be seen making their way to our beaches to lay their eggs.

Kayaking on Hilton Head Island is safe for the whole family and will sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you will have on our beautiful, nature filled island. Bring your own kayak or arrange a kayaking tour from one of the many water sport rental companies . Don’t forget your camera! You will want to have plenty of pictures to share with the folks back home.

Sea birds seen by Hilton Head kayakers

Check out more Hilton Head activity guide for more fun things to do on HHI!