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Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour

By Cross Island Cruises
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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Enjoy a two and a half hour adventure on your own private boat. Your Master Captain will guide you safely through the Calibogue on a falling tide to the Mile Isle. This mile long sandbar is exposed for only a couple of hours per day, allowing beachcombers the chance to collect sand dollars, sea shells and the occasional sharks tooth. We’ll stop along the way to look for wild dolphins playing in the sound. We’ll share information about the island, the salt marsh and the surrounding ecosystem. Your Captain is also a Low Country Master Naturalist, and will assist you in identifying the various shells, mollusks and other invertebrates to be found on this tour! This is an ideal outing for families and small groups. With up to 6 passengers, there’s plenty of room onboard and a comfortable seat for everyone.
from
€358.68
per group (up to 6)
from
€358.68
per group (up to 6)

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Ages 0-120
Duration:2h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Licensed Captain and Low Country Master Naturalist, providing an in-depth narrative for your group
  • Private vessel for your family tour
What's not included
  • Gratuity


Departure details
  • 68 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA Enter the parking lot of Cross Island Boat Landing, just under the Cross Island Parkway. Plenty of parking available. Walk down to the docks to meet your Captain.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 313654P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This trip does require some level of mobility, as it involves stepping down onto a step and wading in two to six inches of water
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour
  • This is a private tour, up to 6 passengers at a time. No other passengers will be aboard with your group.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour?
How much is Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour?
Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour price starts from €367.35. Discover and book Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour cancellation policy?
Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour?
Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour is hosted by Cross Island Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cross Island Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 313654P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    68 Helmsman Way
    68 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
    Enter the parking lot of Cross Island Boat Landing, just under the Cross Island Parkway. Plenty of parking available. Walk down to the docks to meet your Captain.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum
    Daufuskie Island
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Dolphins galore!
Everything about this 90 minute trip was great. Captain Mark promised us dolphins and we saw plenty! His easy going
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Happy!
We had the best time on this excursion. Highly worth the little bit extra to take a private more personalized tour
ryp442
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Do yourself a favor and book now!!!
Let me say that this tour literally made our trip overly perfect. Captain Mark really made this a special tour for
KristinR104
KristinR104
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Captain Mark is the best!
I cannot say enough good things about our 90 minute dolphin tour with Captain Mark. It was 5 of us total; 3 generat
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T2034LFlisav
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Great Time
We really enjoyed our time with Captain Mark. We saw plenty of dolphins, explored multiple areas, and learned abou
Companion596394
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A day with Captain Mark is one you won’t soon forget!
Our experience with Captain Mark was amazing! We saw many dolphins and went shelling, too! We were 5 adults and one
adiaho2022
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One of the Highlights of our Trip
I highly recommended this tour. It lasts for just the right amount of time and Captain Mark is very accommodating.
Kendall A
Kendall A
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Captain Mark Tour HHI
Captain Mark does a fantastic tour! He was able to answer all of our questions and we got to see at least 29 dolphi
P2811WRrobing
P2811WRrobing
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Awesome Experience
Best part of our vacation! Captain Mark made our experience comfortable and very enjoyable! 10 out of 10 would reco
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paulatT9302PU
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Great Experience
Captain Mark was great! We had a really good time and saw many dolphins. I would highly recommend this trip!
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Superior to other dolphin cruises!
TOTALLY WORTH IT! In our opinion this is a superior option to the larger dolphin cruises. Captain Mark provides an
Laura S
Laura S
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Fantastic Tour!!
Fantastic tour! Captain Mark is super friendly and informative. We not only saw dolphins but learned a lot about th
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Great tour - come again
Great tour - we saw dolphins and Mark was a awesome captain. He knows a lot about dolphins ned the are and also was
YouMatt
YouMatt
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Dolphin Tour
Mark was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The whole family enjoyed the boat ride and seeing the dolphins.
X3537XIchristophers
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Exceeded Expectations
Great communication leading up to the tour, excellent tour and knowledge about the area. Would highly reccomend.
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Robert T
1 contribution
What a great day! Thank you Captain Mark! We had a great ride and were able to see several dolphins, crabs, starfish, birds, etc. We even caught a glimpse of a baby dolphin and mama swimming side by side. Captain Mark treated our kids to unique discoveries on the Vanishing Mile Island. He took the time to answer all their questions about everything they saw or whatever they managed to pick up during our stroll. Captain Mark made the extra effort to ensure that we could see everything the mud flats and sound had to offer. Everyone had a great day. Thank you again, Captain Mark.
Written 8 November 2022
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Thank you Robert! This was a lot of fun with the kids! I appreciate you being so flexible with the weather forecast this week. It’s great when we get to see a little bit of everything on a trip! Hope to have you guys out again on your next visit!
Written 9 November 2022
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Renee W
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Wonderful tour! Captain Mark was fantastic and told us so much about the area. We were able to see wild dolphins, starfish, jellyfish, and sand dollars. He kept our tween daughter engaged and entertained, showing her different shells and sea life. This boat tour ended up being her favorite part of our trip (and ours), which says a lot! We would do this again and recommend it to others so definitely consider this tour!
Written 27 August 2022
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Thank you Renee! I’m glad the rain didn’t spoil our fun! Really enjoyed having your family out exploring with me! Looking forward to seeing you next season!
Written 27 August 2022
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Lisa
Cary, NC6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Where do I start? Let’s begin with the pre trip communication…detailed and timely, with info leading up to the day of. Captain Mark greeted us at a private dock and we loaded up. There was a massive thunderstorm rolling in and Mark was super conscious of it, creating a plan B and C should we get clobbered. None of those plans included a shortened trip! Luckily for us, he threaded the needle on what turned out to be 2 or 3 completely different storms. We arrived at Vanishing Island and it was spectacular. We saw everything! Sea stars, sand dollars and three sting rays. Of course, we also got visits from our not so friendly jellies. Captain Mark was on it with vinegar though! As we cruised back, Mark found many pods of dolphins for us to quietly watch and follow. He provided so much information on dolphin and shark behavior as well as the entire ecosystem of HHI. As we came back into the dock, sad that our trip was ending, Mark has one last surprise. Gary. I’m not going to tell you about that. You’ll have to book with Mark and find out. Trust me, it will be a trip of a lifetime! 💙🐬💙
Written 7 August 2022
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Wow! Thank you so much for an incredible review! You guys were such a blast to tour with, too! This trip really is my favorite as it allows everyone to let their inner kid out to go explore. I’m very thankful I got to spend some time with your family and that you chose my tour to be a part of your vacation. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
Written 8 August 2022
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JHNYC
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Captain Mark was a great Captain!
The trip was fun, engaging, at our tempo. Vanishing Island is like no place you’ve ever been (unless you are a pelican). Little and big kids really got into it.

Captain Mark was great at communicating with us. Our initial appointed time was really rainy, so we rescheduled. It was easy. Then - at our second time - it was also rainy, but we together decided to go anyway. The rain cleared and it was remarkable. He has all the navigation equipment to make a safe trip. We saw lots of dolphins, a turtle!, starfish, an osprey- highly recommended and we will do it again when next in HHI!
Written 2 September 2022
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Thank you Jessica! You guys were amazing in dealing with the rainy week we’ve had to work with. It was nice having the island for ourselves to explore! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Written 2 September 2022
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Tiffany L
Brunswick, OH1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
This tour was recommended to me and I must say it was the best money spent in Hilton Head. Captain Mark was so knowledgeable about the area and wildlife it enriched the experience for myself and my family. We had so much fun on the vanishing isle we booked the dolphin tour a couple days later. That was also an amazing experience. While we were out I noticed other much larger boats touring for dolphins but I must say being with just my family with Captain’s knowledge I felt we had made the best choice for this type of experience. Another awesome benefit was the recommendations he gave us for restaurants and fun places to check out, nothing better then getting it from a local resident. If you are considering a boat tour I would recommend booking with him. His communication was top notch and you will have the best time .
Written 26 July 2022
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Thank you Tiffany! I had a great time with your fam getting out and exploring. I really appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you next year!
Written 31 July 2022
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Kathy M
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
I simply cannot say enough good things about Captain Mark! His kindness, personability, knowledge of and passion for the area were evident in every aspect of our tour. The memories and all that we learned from this experience will be talked about for years to come. I can honestly say that all future trips to Hilton Head will definitely include a tour with Captain Mark.
Written 22 September 2022
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Wow! Kathy, thank you so much for the kind words! This was an absolute stunner of a trip and I’m so glad we got to see it together! You guys were such a treat to have out! Can’t wait to see you guys again!
Written 22 September 2022
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Amanda S
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We had an amazing time on this charter excursion! Captain Mark was awesome and gave us a lot of history on the area and ecosystems of the sound as we were heading out to the island. When we got there, we saw starfish and had plenty of time to wade and collect shells and sand dollars. On the way back, Captain Mark found a few dolphins for us and gave us a bit more history. My husband and I as well as our two daughters (11 and 21) had a great time. We will definitely do this again on our next trip to HHI!
Written 23 June 2022
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Thank you for your review and for joining me! I really enjoyed spending time with your family, getting an opportunity to show you around. I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written 25 June 2022
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mokiemokiemokie
Connecticut46 contributions
Fantastic tour for myself, husband and our two tweens. Captain Mark got us out to the sandbar before other tours arrived so we had some time out there alone. He was able to engage our tweens and get them interesting in what they were seeing and he was able to answer all of their questions about what they were seeing. After seeing the “vanishing mile” sandbar we went into the marsh and saw dolphins and learned about their “strand feeding”. Captain Mark is a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate the education he gave all of us. Don’t hesitate to book this tour. It’s worth it!
Written 20 August 2022
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Thank you! It’s not every day we get to see strand feeding, so that was definitely a special trip! I really appreciate you guys coming out with me and allowing me to show you around! Looking forward to seeing you again!
Written 24 August 2022
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Mary L
Ohio20 contributions
Such a great time! It was our three year old grandson’s very first boat ride and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Captain Mark blends the fun experience of seeing dolphins up close & shell hunting on the vanishing island with some low country marine facts & even suggestions on places to go. Highly recommend Captain Mark & his private boat cruises.
Written 16 August 2022
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Thank you Mary! I greatly appreciate your review as well as including my tour into your family’s vacation plans! Really enjoyed our time on the sandbar and the sound! Hope to see you soon!
Written 17 August 2022
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Jen W
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Had a great time on the water and Vanishing Mile Isle with Capt. Mark. He was super informative and patient with the kiddos, teaching them about the cool creatures and shells we came across, plus some amazing dolphin sightings.
Written 15 July 2022
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Thank you Jen! It was a lot of fun taking you guys out to the island. The kids really do make the trip worthwhile with all their curious questions of what we find. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 18 July 2022
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Vanishing Mile Isle Beachcomber Tour | Hilton Head, SC