Book Tours And Get Pricing For Boat Excursions In Hilton Head


“Wow, so much fun!”

Review by roadtripguymd
2.5 hour tour in the back bays of Hitlon Head Island. The new 2 seater Craigcat mini catamarans fly across the water. Tom, our seasoned guide, provided a professional, safe, watercraft experience. Our group had 4 boats following the guide/leader. Tom took pictures that he will email to us. I grinned the whole time it was so much fun. Looks pricey, but it’s the most fun you will ever have.

“Worth Every Penny… Really!”

Review by blueskybuffalo
Back Water Adventure is one of the best attractions on the Island. We enjoyed being able to skim across the waters around the island on a 2-man catamaran. Tom showed us how to operate the catamaran and then guided us while in his own watercraft. He was an excellent tour guide; taking us on a 30 mile excursion to explore areas we would never have seen otherwise. He knows the waterways like the back of his hand! The tour is about 2 1/2 hours long. Bring your camera and sunscreen and enjoy!

“Highlight of Our Trip!”

Reviewed by salsdad
We recently visited Hilton Head Island for the first time with our two youngest children (daughters ages 13 and 18). We had a wonderful couple of days and when looking for activities to entertain both girls I saw an ad for Backwater Adventure. As our older daughter will be attending the USNA in Annapolis I thought that spending a couple of hours on the water may help us all recover from the stress of the entire college selection process. For once, Dad was totally correct! Hey, it has to happen once every couple of years… In any case, it was truly the most fun we have had as a family in years! We are not very adventuresome individuals but we had a total blast. The boats are incredibly stable (as was evidenced by doing donuts right at the start of the tour) and as we zipped around the estuary the grins on my kids faces got bigger and bigger. It was worth every dime to see my whole family having such a great time. We even got to see a dolphin fairly close by and were able to figure out which of the absolutely stunning waterfront homes we are planning to buy after we win the Powerball Jackpot. Actually, after looking on Zillow we may need to win two jackpots… In summary, top marks to this fantastic activity. Have fun and follow the excellent instructions provided by Allen and/or Tom. Plus, they provide photos and videos to participants at no extra charge! What a great service to document your trip!

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Backwater Cat Adventure Hilton Head Things To Do

Our Hilton Head Location is now closed for the offseason. We will reopen March of 2019. Mark your calendars!

Our Tours…

Guided boat tours offered daily! Adventure awaits you:

We are open from March through November 30th each year. This 2.5-hour tour tour has it all. Beautiful scenery, wildlife, sea life on some very unique and fast boats. After a brief on how to operate your own boat, this adventure takes you around beautiful Pinckney Island on what we call our nature tour. We are blessed to have many dolphin in and around our marina. We have bald eagles, osprey, manatees, roseate spoonbills and many beautiful birds and sea life on our tour. On perfect weather days we may go by the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, but due to water conditions we don’t always go. We do not want to subject our customers to rough and dangerous waters and that is why we like exploring around Pinckney Island. A gorgeous run in the backwater marsh and estuaries is in store for you. After a little history and play time we have a scenic run down the May River into the Intracoastal waterway on the way back to the marina.  The entire tour is about 30 miles and takes about 2.5 hours.  This tour is guided by a local guide, on a separate boat so you get to enjoy driving your own boat and taking in the scenery without the worry of getting lost or running aground. This adventure will capture the hearts and minds of young and old alike. Perfect for couples, groups, and families with children 5 years old and up. Backwater Cat Adventure is the original founder of this great tour and continues to set the standard for others to emulate.

Must be 18 y/o with a valid driver’s license to drive and 5 y/o and up to be a passenger. Visitors with handicaps must call to see if we can accommodate. A cooler of water is provided for each boat along with all Coast Guard required safety equipment.

There is a weight limit of 275 lbs per person for safety reasons.

A small dry storage area is on every boat to store keys, wallets, cell phones and cameras. You may bring snacks, beverages or sandwiches however; no large beach bags or large coolers please. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are recommended.

Beach attire with water shoes, sandals or flip flops is appropriate. Light jacket is optional when the weather is below 75 degrees although we provide waterproof pants and jackets to keep you dry and warm. You shouldn’t get soaked, a towel is recommended due to minor splashing.

As a courtesy, and at no extra charge, your guide will take pictures and email them to you after your adventure. 15% gratuity is customary, but not required. All this for an amazing $125 per person. Children 12 and under are $110 each.(sorry children under the age of 5 can not participate). Our sunset tour is $135 per person, $110 for kids and ends with a beautiful sunset on the boats, then we come in at dusk. Click on the “Book Now” button to reserve your tour!

100% refund given for cancellation due to weather conditions and when you cancel prior to the 72 hour window. There are no refunds if you cancel within 72 hours of your boat tour or if you are late to arrive for your boat tour (always a full refund for bad weather). Simply the best way to explore the history, nature and beauty of Hilton Head. Don’t just take it from us, read the amazing reviews of our customers on