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Charleston SC Family Friendly Cruise & Boat Ride


Dolphin Watching Cruise

Dolphin Watching Tour

Dolphin Watching

Have you ever wanted to swim with the Dolphins? Our dolphin eco tour gives you an up close and personal view like you've never expierienced before. Dolphin watching is great for all ages, and offers plenty of opportunities for photographing these sea going mammals.

Enjoy seeing one of Charleston's greatest wildlife, the bottled nose dolphin, on a two hour tour through the backwaters of Grey Bay and Hamlin Sound.This fun, site-seeing tour is for all ages. The trip lasts for two hours but memories last a lifetime.


Downtown Charleston & Shem Creek- Dolphin Watching Charter Cruise

Dolphin Watching 2 Hour Cruise

Free Isle Of Palms Shuttle

Terms & Restrictions:

Reservations with a total sum of $400 or more require a $100 deposit reservation with a sum totals of $1000 or more require 50% deposit when booking on the phone. All Online reservations must be paid in full when the reservation is made..

  • Must Arrive 20 Minutes Before Departure
  • Groups of up to 6 or 7 - 12 People
  • Favorable Conditions Required
  • Additional Fuel surcharge NOT included

Looking for fun things to do in Charleston, SC? Enjoy the freedom and luxury of having your own private tour ship for your Charleston vacation. Whether it's a family fun day, team building activities, special occasion or just getting to know the local wildlife - we have a charter for everyone. Learn about Charleston’s rich history on one of our harbor tours or take a relaxing private charter through the majestic natural setting of the Lowcountry.  Choose from one of our many custom sightseeing tours to experience the magic of one of America’s oldest port cities. Tidalwave offers Charleston Harbor Tours & custom charter boat trips and tours. Not sure if you want to drive a boat.  Let our Captains be your personal chauffeur on our custom charters. They know all of the best spots for the party scene, dolphin watching and the best places to watch the sun go down.  Since you have a designated captain you can enjoy libations while aboard. We will cater our packages to your specific needs. Here are a few popular charters, but final decision is up to you.

Dinner on the Water

Charleston Dinner Cruise

Avoid traffic and arrive in style! Make reservations at one of the many restaurants along Shem Creek, Charleston’s best spot for seafood lovers.  Enjoy fresh fish caught earlier that day or have drinks with friends while admiring the stunning sunset.  Stop at Red’s, Vickery’s, or Shem Creek Bar and Grill and watch heads turn as this boat tour pulls up to the dock.  Want to hit several spots around Charleston? Our private boat charter will take you to wherever you want to go.

Dry Safari

Large Party Group Charters

This fast-paced charter boat tour will bring you closer to SC nature than any other.  Our jet boats will take you on a chartered tour that other boats cannot, giving you an up close and personal view of Charleston’s secluded shorelines, narrow waterways, and the backwaters of the Northern Barrier Islands.  Mingle with wildlife and friends on this 30 mile sightseeing tour and experience the SC Lowcountry in a way that only Tidalwave Watersports can provide.

Party on the Water

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorettes and bachelors pick a spot and party!  Customize your experience on board this private boat charter.  Drop anchor near the Isle of Palms marina or find a secluded spot to cut loose.  This cruise is the perfect setting for bachelor and bachelorette parties or simply hanging with friends for an evening of cocktails on the water.  Don’t want to stay in one spot?  Visit multiple islands or take a booze cruise around the relaxing waters of SC.  On this boat tour, we leave the adventure up to you.

Island Hopper

Large Party Group Charters

The abundance of barrier islands surrounding the area makes sightseeing some of the best in the country.  Hop on board our private boat charter at Isle of Palms Marina and join us for a ride that will introduce you to the wonders of SC wildlife.  Expect to see dolphins, many species of birds, clam beds, alligators, and other wonders of raw nature.  Learn about the upper Barrier Islands, South Carolina’s largest uninhabited island or drift by “The Bone Yard”, an island of petrified trees that will surely have you telling your friends about.

Harbor Tour

Large Party Group Charters

Experience the old and the new on our Charleston Harbor Tour. This Charleston cruise unfolds the past and present of the harbor area.  From Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, to the Ravenel Bridge, the largest cable-stayed bridge in the western hemisphere, Tidalwave Watersports will navigate your way through a day to remember.

Private Custom Cruises: Sightseeing, Eco Tours & More

Custom Cruises

$1000* 2 Hour Custom Charter

$1,500* 3 Hour Custom Charter

$2,000* 4 Hour / Half Day Charter

*Plus Additional Fuel Cost

Free Isle Of Palms Shuttle

Terms & Restrictions:

Reservations with a total sum of $400 or more require a $100 deposit reservation with a sum totals of $1000 or more require 50% deposit when booking on the phone. All Online reservations must be paid in full when the reservation is made.

Maximum skis per group is 6. Any parties needing more that 6 will leave our dock at different times. The second part of the group will leave 20 minutes after the first group.

Damages to the Jet Ski is bill at $600 per square inch. The customer will also be charged for lost revenue while ski is being fix. The rate for that is $750 per day. Damages must be paid before leaving the site. Customer will also be sited by the SC DNR (police) for negligent operation and failure to obey distance restriction

  • Must Arrive 20 Minutes Before Departure
  • Up To 6 People
  • Favorable Conditions Required
  • Additional Fuel surcharge NOT included


(843) 886-8456
50 Immigration St.
Charleston, SC 29403

Mt Pleasant
Shem Creek

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2 Shrimp Boat Lane
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Folly Beach
Reservation REQUIRED

(843) 886-8456
97 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439

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