There are dozens of boat tour companies offering all the same stuff this one offers. But only Commander Zodiac offers patrons ... More
There are dozens of boat tour companies offering all the same stuff this one offers. But only Commander Zodiac offers patrons the opportunity to say, "I'm going on a tour with Commander Zodiac!" Nothing sounds gnarlier than that. Your kids will love saying it; you'll love saying it. And when someone asks what you did on your summer vacation, you can say, "I hung out with Commander Zodiac," before regaling them with stories of dolphin watching and nature touring. They even offer kid-themed watersports excursions. And, if you'd rather embark on a self-guided tour, Commander Zodiac is a full-service boat-rental shop as well ("I rented a Hobie Cat from Commander Zodiac" doesn't sound too shabby either).
Captain Andrea was amazing! She took us out and we saw dolphins galore! It was just enough excitement for my 2 and 4 year olds. It was safe and fun and I cannot recommend the experience more. We're really looking forward to returning!
I would highly reccommend this activity for anyone in the area.
My wife and I have been to Hilton Head several times in the last few years, and the dolphin tours are something that really interested us. We previously had taken one of the cheaper tours, but we were not really satisfied with it. That turned out to be more of a look at the beach homes of the island with the slight possibility of seeing dolphins.
Commander Zodiac is nothing like that.
Our captian lived and grew up on Hilton Head, knew the waterways intimately, and knew exactly where to go to see what we wanted: dolphins.
The entire trip was enjoyable; whether we were up close to a pod of dolphins hunting fish or navigating the channels in the swamp to look for more, we were having fun.
The price was steeper than some of their competitors, but the value was definitely worth it.
Guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We saw lots of dolphins, jellyfish (up close), crabs, birds, and more. We stood on an oyster shell bar.
The kids (3 and 4) were very comfortable on the boat and had a great time. We would definitely go again.
Our kids participated in the half day kid water camp 9:30- 12:00 on a Thursday. They went to Daufaski in a motor boat, sailing, crabbing, saw dolphin, scavenger hunt, games and more! This was definitely a trip favorite and for only $40! It gave dad some time to golf and mom some time at the outlet malls. Thanks Commander Zodiac for a win-win-win!
The 1-1/2 hr. Commander Zodiac tour is our top choice for family or personal activities on Hilton Head Island. We've been regular visitors to the island since 1984 and enjoy the tour several times every year. For an up-close personal dolphin encounter or just to enjoy the scenery of the marshes and oyster beds, Commander Zodiac is the best! The small boat capacity allows for a more personalized tour than the larger boats offer and offers the luxury of being able to change your destination at a moment's notice. Definitely a value for the cost - especially when compared to the cost and time value of maintaining your own craft. When weather intervenes, the staff is great at trying to re-schedule your trip. Have a group larger than 6 or 7? Consider booking multiple tours at the same time. Reserve early as their schedule fills up quickly. Be sure to tell your captain what you want to see for a more personalized tour. Bring your camera and wear shades and sunscreen, but beware the hats. They can definitely fly off in the wind! Have a great ride!
We had a great time on the Zodiac. After being picked up we saw dolphins and went to a sand bar to get seashells and sand dollars. Our guide was great and we will definately go on a Zodiac tour every time we are in Hilton Head. It was so much nicer being on a private boat than on a large cruise with 50 other people.
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