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19 Feb 2024
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Sure, visitors often catch sight of dolphins while walking on the beach at Tybee Island. But a boat tour gets you up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. You will also see other wildlife, including pelicans and herons. 

Imagine the fun of having playful dolphins riding the waves near your boat. Here are a few top Tybee dolphin tours to get you started.

Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventure Tour has a high horsepower engine, and dolphins love to jump in its wake. The boat has plenty of room to move around. The captain and crew are entertaining, as well as knowledgeable about the wildlife of the region. Book a morning or sunset tour (or one of each). 

The most popular trip for Sundial Charters is the Little Tybee "Unplugged,” which takes guests to explore the 6,500 acre natural heritage preserve directly to the South of Tybee Island. The preserve is only accessible by boat, and guests cruise tidal creeks, observe dolphin pods and see what the tide washed in along the beaches (sometimes it is sand dollars). Expect to see Bald Eagle nests, brown pelicans, and large flocks of shorebirds. The charter company also offers dolphin watching, crabbing, cast netting, fossil hunting, birding, light tackle fishing, hiking the barrier islands, and salt marsh ecology.

The Mermaid Pirate Dolphin Tours out of Savannah knows the best spots for dolphins and private islands that showcase exquisite wildlife. Captain John’s boat is low to the water, so guests can feel the water splash on your hands as the dolphins swim around you. While searching for dolphins, Captain John teaches guests different ways of spotting these beautiful mammals.

A dolphin cruise is fun for people of all ages. Everyone turns into a kid when those fins pop to the surface. Be sure to add it to your Tybee Island bucket list this season.