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Hilton Head Island Boating & Fishing

With 12 miles of spectacular coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, gorgeous beaches, harbors, lagoons, and marinas, Hilton Head Island is an adventure paradise for boating, fishing and water sports.

Enjoy boating, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing and dolphin tours along our beautiful beaches and waterways.

Hilton Head Fishing -
The scenic waterways of Hilton Head Island are popular fishing, shrimping and crabbing destinations.
Whether you spend a leisurely afternoon fishing off the piers, casting off the dock or shore, or sport fishing in the ocean, the island offers excellent fishing spots and deep-sea fishing excursions. Hilton Head Island is home to many fishing charter boats that cruise out to the warm Gulf Stream and Atlantic Ocean waters. Rent a boat for a deep-sea fishing adventure and catch snapper, grouper, kingfish, cobia, bluefish, spot tail bass, swordfish and shark. You can also enjoy inshore fishing for flounder, sea trout and croakers.

Fishing licenses are needed for saltwater and freshwater fishing for anyone 16 years or older not fishing with a commercial fishing guide. If you are recreationally fishing, shrimping and crabbing in saltwater and freshwater from shore, beach, bank, dock, or public pier will be required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. A freshwater fishing license is required if you want to cast a line in the Island's lagoons and ponds, and throughout Beaufort County. Hilton Head Accomodations can provide information on local laws and licences.

Hilton Head Boating -
 Spend an exciting vacation boating and sailing on the ocean and waterways of Hilton Head Island. From kayaks to sailboats to party boats to yachts, our harbors welcome seafarers from around the world. Enjoy sunset sails, motorboat excursions, eco-tours and dolphin watching adventures from the island's six marinas, harbors and magnificent beaches where the colorful changing vistas and fresh sea air will enchant your soul.

Boating around Hilton Head Island is a magical experience. Rent a boat, check the tides, and cruise over to to the world-famous May River Sandbar with breathtaking views of the Low Country. Enjoy boating over to Daufuskie Island, where you will find restaurants like Marshside Mama's and Freeport Marina right on the dock.

Hilton Head Island offers six marinas with boat rentals, from a sporty Sunfish to a sleek 70-foot yacht, dockage, storage, launch facilities, supplies and fuel. Our marinas also offer exciting water activities, including guided kayak tours, dolphin cruises, and charter fishing trips. Set off on an amazing boating adventure from Broad Creek Marina, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Skull Creek Area Marinas, South Beach Marina, Palmetto Bay Marina and Shelter Cove Marina -the Island's largest deep water yacht basin. After a relaxing day of boating around Hilton Head Island, chill by the water with cold drink and a bowl of blue crab dip or stop at Broad Creek for waterfront dining.

Public Boat Ramps on Hilton Head Island - 
Interested in bringing your boat on your next vacation to Hilton Head Island?
We have a number of public areas to be used for launching your boat.
Cross Island Boat Landing - 
located under the Cross Island Bridge off Helmsman Way and situated between Crossings Park and Palmetto Bay Marina, this area affords ample shaded parking and a dock. Boats can be launched from here during any tide and use is free.

Marshland Road Landing - 
Located on Marshland Road between Roastfish and Cornbread and the Old Oyster Factory, this open-air boat launch is most suitable for high tide as it has shallow access. Great access point for kayaks and smaller boats.

C.C. Haigh Jr. Landing - 
known to locals as the Pinckney Island boat landing - this location between the two bridges is across from the Pinckney Island Wildlife Preserve and has a wide field for trailers, trucks and picnicking. Fishing dock is also available. Launch goes into Mackay Creek. Located on the right as you are coming onto the Island.

Please note! Alligators live among us. Beware! 

Alligators are protected by both state and federal law, but still need our help. You can help us protect our alligators by avoiding close interaction with them. Don't harass an alligator or swim in water (or let your PETS swim in water) known to be an alligator habitat. 


Alligators fed by humans come to expect food from each human encounter and become very aggressive. As locals say "A fed gator is a dead gator".....never feed the alligators. 

Report violations of aggressive behavior 24-7 to: 

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

1.800.922.5430 or

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