There's no question that the very best way to enjoy a sunset on Hilton Head Island is to join one of the many sunset cruises offered by tour boat operators large and small around the island. From a full-sized ship to a small sailboat, or even a kayak, the boating choices are endless when you are on an island.
Larger boats typically carry from 49 to 149 passengers per US Coast Guard regulations. On boats of this size you will find rest room facilities, bars, snacks, and even full dinners being served. This type of experience is perfect if you prefer lots of room to move around and you don't mind large crowds.
The Vagabond - Located in Harbour Town, this 149-passenger vessel is popular with families with young kids or senior citizens as the large boat is fully equipped, easy to board, and spacious. Parking at Harbour Town can be challenging during the busy season, and there is a gate fee to enter Sea Pine if you are not a resident or guest.
The Holiday - This 149-passenger vessel is a sister ship of The Vagabond and is located at Shelter Cove Harbor, mid-island on Hilton Head Island. Captain Mark's affordable cruises are enjoyed by all ages and sunset cruise is offered daily.
The Spirit of Harbour Town - Located in Harbour Town, this dinner cruise ship offers a unique dinner and sunset cruise combination not offered anywhere else on Hilton Head Island.
Stars & Stripes Sailboat - This sleek sailboat is a modified original America's Cup challenge sailboat that offers fast sailing and a relaxing sunset experience.
The Salty Dog - This powered catamaran is based at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. The sunset cruise is for "21-and-up" crowd and leans toward a "booze cruise" experience with live entertainment and busy bar on board.
Smaller boats typically carry from 6 to 36 passengers per US Coast Guard regulations. On boats of this size you will find a more intimate experience with many operators offering private tours so that you have the entire boat to yourselves. This type of experience is best if you prefer privacy and intimacy.
Island Explorer Dolphin & Nature Tours - 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 -
Island Explorer is one of the oldest and best known tour operators on the island with over 30 years of experience. They offer only Premium Private Tours on boats certified for up to 12 passengers. For a great sunset cruise, chose Island Explorer's Sunset Dolphin Cruise.
Commander Zodiac - Broad Creek Marina - 18 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 -
Commander Zodiac is another of the oldest and best know tour operators on the island. While best known for their dolphin tours, Commander Zodiac offers tours that encompass the sunset.
Outside Hilton Head - Outside Hilton Head operates a variety of boats and offers several sunset cruise options on both power and sail boats.
Salt Marsh Paddle - Located in the Broad Creek Salt Marsh at The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant at a mid-island location, Salt Marsh Paddle offers sunset kayak tours in the calm waters of Broad Creek.