The Calibogue Sound – Hilton Head’s Hidden Treasure by the Sea
At the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the ocean meets the intercostal waterway, which runs between Hilton Head Island and the mainland. This 13 mile long stretch of curving waterway is known as the Calibogue Sound and it connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Port Royal Sound. The Calibogue Sound also incorporates the convergence of several creeks, rivers, and tributaries which flow on Hilton Head Island. One of the benefits of all of these waterways meeting is that they all carry their own characteristics, nutrients, and sediment. All of these distinctive waterways combine into the Calibogue Sound and make it a perfect habitat for a variety of marine life.
Fishing in the Calibogue Sound has become a favorite Hilton Head activity, whether it’s from the shore or from a fishing boat. There are even chartered fishing trips to be found along with a variety of fish, depending upon the season. Whiting, tarpon, and Spanish mackerel are all known to pass through the Calibogue Sound, making fishing one of the top Hilton Head activities for visitors. If you love fishing, you’ll love Hilton Head Island!
The shores of the Calibogue Sound are also a great location for dolphin watching, as they can often be seen working in teams to run fish aground. This is called strand feeding and here’s how it works. Dolphins will work together as a team to surround a school of fish and corral them out of the water as they try to escape. Once the fish get stranded on land, the dolphins will come ashore to grab the fish before working themselves back into the shallow waters of the bay. They repeat this technique several times and watching them work together as a team can be both amazing and mesmerizing. Dolphins are also drawn to calm waters of Calibogue Sound when it’s time for play.
Though bottle nose dolphins are normally a migratory animal, Hilton Head has approximately 200 dolphins who are permanent residents. For anyone wanting to get closer look or learn more about these magnificent creatures, H2O Sports provides the best Hilton Head dolphin tours. They also have alligator tours which put you up close and personal to the action, as you learn how alligators spend their days on the island. You might even get to see a few large sea turtles or a gentle manatee on a trip through the Calibogue Sound.
The Calibogue Sound is also the perfect location for all types of water sports and activities. Parasailing on Hilton Head is an adventure that shouldn’t be missed. For those looking to explore the island a little differently, there’s kayaking and stand up paddle boarding as well. For those looking to kick back and relax, there are sailing trips throughout the day and in the evening as well so that you can catch the beautiful sunset. Now that’s how you make your Hilton Head vacation perfect!
H2O Sports, located in the Harbour Town Marina, has plenty of activities to keep everyone in the family having a blast. Take a ride on the fantastically silly Banana Boat or try renting Waverunners for adrenaline fueled thrills! Perhaps you would like take a 10-minute Water Taxi ride to Daufuskie Island, where you can explore the charming little island on foot or by golf cart. You can visit the charming shops then grab lunch at one of the many cafes, before taking the water taxi back. Don’t forget to check out Tour Daufuskie while you’re there! They specialize in guided and self-guided history and artisan tours, golf cart rentals, kayaking tours, and other eco-tours. Also, don’t miss the “History & Artisans” tour, where you will actually have an opportunity to meet some of Daufuskie Island’s resident artists.
The Calibogue Sound is quite unique, and should be considered a “must-see” destination for all Hilton Head vacationers. We think it’s a pretty special place and we believe that you will too. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting things to do during your vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Ready to see what real fun and adventure is all about? Visit our website at H2oSports.com or give us a call at (877) 290-4386 for more information on how to get the fun started.