Dolphin Encounters

dolphin-encountersBoard our custom built eco-tour boat as we search Kiawah’s inlets, creeks and marshes for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Learn more about their habits and behaviors, getting an up-close and personal experience like no other.

Call To Make Your Reservation (843) 768-6001


Requirements: All ages welcome. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours

$60 per guest. $120 trip minimum

*No charge for infants 2 years and under once tour minimum has been met. One discounted infant per reservation.

Capacity: 14 guests.
What to bring: Camera, sunscreen, juice or water, and a hat.
Schedule: This program is offered throughout the year. Please call the Heron Park Nature Center at (843) 768-6001.

From our Town Biologist…..

A variety of marine mammals inhabit the ocean around Kiawah Island. The most common by far is the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Adult dolphins will be 6-10 feet in length and weigh up to 500 pounds or more. These dolphins can be seen frequently in the surf, inlet, rivers, and creeks surrounding Kiawah Island. One of the best spots to see dolphins is in Captain Sam’s Inlet which separates Kiawah from Seabrook Island to the west. Dolphins can often be seen actively feeding in this area. Sometimes observers will see dolphins engaged in an activity known as strand feeding. This typically involves a group of dolphins which will herd a school of fish or shrimp up onto a sandbar or mudflat. Then the dolphins will literally launch their bodies out of the water to feed. It is a unique behavior which is fascinating to watch.

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