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.
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.
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.
Something magical happens in late summer and early fall on the beaches of Hilton Head Island. The “Ancient Mariner of the Sea”, the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, emerges from the ocean to nest and lay her eggs. Their nests or “clutches” will have as many as 100 eggs each. They incubate in the warm sand for 50-60 days and then the hatchlings dig towards the surface when the sand temperatures are cooler and daylight fades. There have been a record number of nests on Hilton Head, close to 500 recorded in this 2019 turtle season.
We have had
a rare Green Turtle the second largest of the Sea Turtles species build her
nest here. She was 4’ long and 3’ ½’ wide and this week a hatchling was born
with 2 heads. It was dubbed Squirt and Crush by the turtle patrol after the 2
adorable turtle characters in Disney’s “Finding Nemo”
We can help protect Hilton Head Sea Turtles in a number of ways:
our beaches dark at night by turning all exterior lights off after 10 PM
all items from the beach. Tents, chairs, trash, etc.
in all holes
not walk on turtle tracks
If you are lucky enough to see the babies hatch, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will never forget it. This phenomenon gets locals and visitors excited every year. Book your Hilton Head rental for this fall, and come see for yourself!
I can’t think of any place I’d rather spend my summer, than on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Families from all over the world come to vacation and enjoy our beautiful beaches, our lush green landscape, our fabulous restaurants, the wildlife, golf, bicycling or just relaxing with a great summer read.
One of the family favorites is Harbour Fest in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Harbour Fest is an all summer long celebration with fireworks, spinning hats, carnival games, face painting, music and much, much more.
The headliner is our very own Shannon Tanner. He has been entertaining crowds on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years with his unique blend of ’60s standards, sing-a-longs, original ballads and children’s favorites. Children are invited on the stage to perform as well. I have taken my kids and now my grand children to sit on his knee and sing.
Come stroll the harbour, have dinner al fresco in one of the many wonderful eating establishments. Get your face painted and your picture taken with Cappy the Clown.
The festival events begin on Memorial Day
weekend and will continue through Labor Day.
Tuesday and Thursday nights will hold a special
flair, with fireworks glistening over the water.