South Carolina’s buzzing, picturesque Grand Strand is known for its pristine beaches, seemingly endless entertainment hubs, and countless splash-tastic water sports, including deep-sea fishing and heart-racing parasailing. Twelve months a year, families flock to Ocean Annie’s Resorts for an extended escape from reality. There’s nothing but warm sand, sunshine, and smiling faces here in Myrtle Beach. And one of the most-popular midday activities for families with young children is an Atlantic Ocean bottlenose dolphin tour. There are nearly a dozen Myrtle Beach dolphin tours within 40 minutes from Sands Beach Club and Sands Ocean Club. But only three local companies truly stand out among the rest.
The 3 Best Myrtle Beach Dolphin Tours
While it’s never easy to leave Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar’s warm, sandy floor, our two seaside resorts are just minutes from three top-rated Myrtle Beach dolphin tours. Each dolphin cruise has a distinct route, price point, and level of charisma from the sea captain. That being said, they’re all first-rate in terms of hospitality, boat caliber, and overall experience. Keep reading to learn more about a potential bottlenose dolphin excursion!
1. Myrtle Beach Watersports
Myrtle Beach Watersports’ Grande Dunes Marina location is just 3.5 miles from Ocean Annie’s, making it the easy choice for most families. But the two-hour Sea Thunder dolphin cruise and two-hour jet ski expedition start and finish at their North Myrtle Beach marina. Regardless, they offer the very best Myrtle Beach dolphin tours, whether you prefer the comfort of a boat or the excitement of a speedy jet ski. Reservations are strongly recommended as they’re typically booked several days in advance, especially on weekends.
2. Action Water Sportz
Action Water Sportz has three locations along the Grand Strand, which is an added perk, especially if you’re several miles up or down the shore away from Ocean Annie’s. These two-hour jet ski trips include safety instruction, guiding services, and, of course, close encounters with curious, beautiful bottlenose dolphins. Unlike most Myrtle Beach dolphin tours, Action Water Sportz starts the tour in the pristine Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll jet past swinging bridges, historic homes, bustling marinas, and shrimp trawlers en route to a couple of dolphin hot spots just a mile or so out to sea.
3. Voyager Dolphin Cruises
Voyager Dolphin Cruises narrowly thwarted Blue Wave Adventures and Express Watersports, both of which operate out of Murrells Inlet. While Voyager specializes in deep-sea fishing, they offer perhaps the best dolphin cruise in Myrtle Beach. These 2.5-hour dolphin cruises run in the morning, afternoon, and at dusk. As you can probably imagine, the sunset cruise is immensely popular during summer’s peak. During each excursion, the crew will also haul in a variety of sea specimens, including shrimp, crabs, sea urchins, sand dollars, and even baby sharks.
2 Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resorts
Sands Beach Club and Sands Ocean Club make up Ocean Annie’s Resorts, a beachfront duo that you won’t find anywhere else along the Grand Strand. Both resorts, of course, are just steps from Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar, the azure blue sea, and countless top-rated eateries. We’re also central to the region’s premier kid-friendly attractions, live music venues, shopping centers, and championship golf courses. To book a well-deserved escape to sunny Myrtle Beach, please give us a call today at 888-999-8081 (or check availability online).
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