Welcome to beautiful North Myrtle Beach, the crown jewel of the Grand Strand. Popular among families and couples seeking a slightly slower pace, North Myrtle Beach is known for world-class golf, award-winning cuisine, pristine beaches, and exciting watersports.
Boating, in particular, is a popular draw for adventure seekers, and there’s no shortage of options when it comes to exploring the coastline.
If you’re looking for the best North Myrtle Beach boat tour—look no further. We’ve got the scoop on the area’s top-rated tours.
Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise
Address: 2100 Little River Neck Rd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 280-8400
Variety is the spice of life at Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise. This innovative watersports company offers a tour that incorporates three unique experiences—a casual narrated cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway, a scenic fast-paced cruise out to the ocean jetty, and then an action-packed hour dolphin sighting. Climb aboard the Sea Thunder or the Sea Screamer for an adventure you won’t soon forget! Each cruise is ~2 hours long and prices start at $18 for kids and $28 for adults (children under 2 are free).
Getaway Boat Adventures
Address: 714 US-17, Little River, SC 29566
Phone: (843) 663-1100
Getaway Boat Adventures live up to their name with a fun and friendly boat tour experience. The trip is ~2 hours in length and begins with a scenic tour along the Intracoastal, followed by a thrilling ride out to the Atlantic ocean and about an hour of dolphin hunting. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of the North Myrtle Beach coastline. Tour prices start at $14 for kids and $25 for adults (children 3 and under are free).
Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise
Address: 2200 Little River Neck Rd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 231-0088
Climb aboard Carolina’s largest pirate ship for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This exciting, interactive boat tour is perfect for families and groups and is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. The scenic tour cruises the Intracoastal Waterway—the same waters explored by Blackbeard himself. Each tour also includes a pirate mustache, temporary tattoos, treasure map, water cannon battle, and interactive sword fight. Tours start at $10 for toddlers and $25 for children and adults.
Plantation River Tours
Address: 1950 Wachesaw Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: (843) 651-2994
If scenic coastal views are what you seek, Plantation River Tours delivers that and so much more. Located at Wacca Wache Marina, rest assured that the 45-minute trek south is well worth the effort. Choose your own adventure with a plantation river tour, an airboat tour, or a scenic sunset cruise. Each experience offers a first-hand look at the natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry via the historic Waccamaw River. Rates vary per cruise but average around $35 per person.
Island Time Cruises
Address: 141 Fantasy Harbour Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Phone: (843) 902-9408
Cruise the coastline in style by booking a spot on Island Time Cruises. This high-end, luxury cruise company offers three unique tour experiences: Captain’s Dinner Cruise (which includes a full dinner), Myrtle Beach Sightseeing Cruise, and Myrtle Beach Sunset Cruise. Climb aboard the expansive yacht and make yourself right at home with a spot inside the air conditioned interior or on the open-air rooftop deck. Pricing ranges from $29 – $49 per person depending on the experience you choose, and cruises last 1.5 – 2 hours.
Glass Bottom Kayak Tours
Phone: (843) 333-6420
Enjoy a hands-on tour experience unlike anything else with Glass Bottom Kayak Tours. As the name suggests, this locally owned and operated tour guide specializes in tours via glass bottom kayaks. Yes—the boat bottoms really are glass! They are 100% safe and an incredible way to “see the sea”. Glass Bottom offers several boat tour experiences for guests of any age—though the Cherry Grove Salt Marsh Tour is our personal favorite. Rates range from $25 – $35 per person.
Myrtle Beach Watersports
Address: 2100 Sea Mountain Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 280-7777
Locally owned and operated, Myrtle Beach Watersports has served the Myrtle Beach area for over 25 years. They currently offer three locations—Conway, Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach, which boasts the best dolphin tour in town! The dolphin tours here are done via jet ski, which allows you to get up close and personal with friendly dolphins in their natural habitat. This one isn’t *technically* a boat tour, but we felt the experience was so unique that it was worth mentioning!
A relaxing boat ride is a perfect way to top off your North Myrtle Beach getaway.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing pontoon boat cruise for a dolphin watch or a historic riverboat tour that explores the beautiful lowcountry—you’re sure to find a fun and affordable adventure for the whole family.
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