The blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean are filled with a wide array of sea life, and one of the most popular ocean-dwellers among aquatic sightseers is the bottlenose dolphin. To accommodate these vacationers, the Grand Strand offers many boat tours where you can view these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Here are some of the best ways to see the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in Myrtle Beach:
One fun way to experience dolphins in the ocean is to take a dolphin watch tour on a jet ski from Action Water Sportz in North Myrtle Beach. The adventure starts at Dock Holidays Marina on the calm Intracoastal Waterway. After a safety briefing, you will travel up the waterway past beautiful waterfront homes, marinas housing boats as large as 70-foot luxury yachts, and the historic Little River fishing village. Your first stop is on a beautiful barrier island next to the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy 20 minutes of serenity as you search for the perfect shell or climb on the 30-foot-tall sand dunes on this little piece of heaven. Now jump back on your jet ski and travel out to the ocean for an up-close-and-personal encounter with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. When your guide spots a dolphin pod, he or she will carefully guide you close to the beautiful animals. Your trip lasts about two hours and offers a unique way to see the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and hopefully a group of dolphins.
A great way for the entire family to see dolphins is to catch a ride on the Sea Thunder at Myrtle Beach Dolphin Cruises. The Sea Thunder is a 65-foot-long, 20-foot-wide vessel that holds up to 149 passengers and three crew members. The trip begins at Harbourgate Marina off Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the cruise north along the Intracoastal Waterway past beautiful homes, wild marshlands and native wildlife. Once you make it to the Atlantic Ocean, the Sea Thunder will travel out to the nearest shrimping boats, which the dolphins love to swim behind. This is a fun boat ride for everyone in your family, and since these dolphins are in the wild, Myrtle Beach Dolphin Cruises guarantees that if you don’t see a dolphin on your first trip, you will get a second trip for free.
For a dolphin-watching trip out of the southern end of the Grand Strand, travel south of the Dayton House Resort to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, where you can take a sightseeing and dolphin-watch cruise with Express Watersports. Your family adventure starts in the Murrells Inlet saltwater marsh, where an onboard naturalist describes the history of Murrells Inlet as your boat makes its way out to the Atlantic Ocean. Once you have reached the ocean, you’ll travel along the beautiful coastline in search of dolphins, sea turtles and other aquatic life. This family-fun trip lasts about an hour and a half. The Express Watersports vessel is 46 feet long, holds up to 49 passengers, and has a covered area along with a sun deck. The boat also has a full-size bathroom area with sink, which is not always the case on a boat.
Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area has many options for you to view the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in its natural habitat. Each tour offers a memorable experience for you and your family, so on your next vacation at the Dayton House, go on a dolphin adventure cruise and watch these beautiful animals playing in the blue Atlantic Ocean. And keep your eyes on the ocean — if you’re lucky, you might even see one (or more) dolphins from your private balcony at the Dayton House Resort!