Learn the Calibogue Sound on a Hilton Head Sailing Adventure
Hilton Head Island is separated from the mainland by the broad sweep of the Calibogue Sound, making it a great location for a Hilton Head sailing adventure. The Sound is a deep, curved confluence of several rivers which run for a length of 13 miles. The rivers, Mackay Creek, May River, Cooper River, Broad Creek, and six tributaries on Hilton Head Island all flow into this ribbon of blue waters between the island and the mainland. The Calibogue Sound is the connection between the Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Its central channel is almost 70ft deep and scientists have discovered amazing rock cliffs below, which have been slowly carved by strong ocean currents.
The underwater geology means that there is great variety in the flow and depth of the waterway, which means that there is a good mix of sediment and nutrients in the water. This makes it a great place for marine life. Wherever you turn as you travel along Calibogue Sound you will see a variety of Hilton Head wildlife. Nestled in the headwaters of the Sound you will find the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, home to an amazing array of bird species. Salt marshes line the sound and these marshes are are particularly fecund ecosystem. Sand bars and shell banks are another important habitat here.
One of the natural species for which the Calibogue Sound is best known is the bottlenose dolphin. While dolphins are usually considered to be a migratory species, it has been discovered that around two hundred dolphins stay in the sound year round – surely due to the great food sources they find in the teeming waters here. The waters of the sound are filled with fish on which the dolphins and many of the birds feed. The quality of the Hilton Head fishing also attracts many human visitors each year.
When you take a sailing adventure on Calibogue Sound, you will discover the beauty of the natural world and the pleasures of recreation on the water. Whether it’s flying across the water or taking a gentle voyage for a more relaxed experience, you will quickly discover a lot more about the Calibogue Sound and a side of Hilton Head Island you may have never seen before.
For more interesting facts about Hilton Head, cool pictures, and the many fun things to do on Hilton Head Island, visit us at www.h2osports.com or give us a call at (843) 671-4386 to book your fun-filled day on the water!