Kiawah Island is surrounded by unique marine life from sea turtles and various fish species to herons and red-throated hummingbirds. Those interested in viewing some of the beautiful wildlife on our island will have plenty of opportunities. One of the biggest questions new visitors ask is where to see dolphins on Kiawah Island. A common sight, dolphins can be found in the many bodies of water surrounding the island, including the ocean, river, and inlet areas. To learn more about the best things to do during your trip, request access to our complimentary Destination Guide! It’s packed with local suggestions on activities, restaurants, and more.
Where to See Dolphins on Kiawah Island
Captain Sam’s Inlet
Touted as the spot for dolphin viewing, Captain Sam’s Inlet is located at the end of Beachwalker County Park between Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Here, dolphins often congregate to feed, a unique sight not many people are able to witness. If you want the best chance of seeing the dolphins while they’re eating, head to Captain Sam’s Inlet two hours before or after low tide. Sometimes you may be lucky enough to see the dolphins strand feed, which is when the animals guide a school or fish or shrimp towards land, then jump out from the water to eat their prey.
Beachwalker County Park
Spanning 10 miles of shore, the Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island is one of the best places to see dolphins. If you choose to spend a day lounging on the sand, you’ll likely to see a dolphin or even a pod of dolphins swim by on their way to their next destination. Though it is much less likely you’ll witness the dolphins feeding here, you still may have the opportunity to get in the water as they pass by.
Kiawah Dolphin Tour
A number of companies on Kiawah Island offer boat tours to try and spot these beautiful creatures. Embark on an hour-and-a-half to two-hour tour and enjoy a day on the water. Captain Jack’s Kiawah Sailing and Dolphin Watching is an excellent way to see dolphins during your trip. Running eco dolphin tours since 1991, Captain Jack knows the best places to find dolphins. If you’re interested in another boat tour, he also offers day sails and sunset tours, which offer more opportunities to spot dolphins along the island.
Relax at the Andell Inn
One of Kiawah’s best accommodations, the Andell Inn is a beautiful boutique hotel located within Freshfields Village offering easy access to the many shops, restaurants, and salons. Rent bikes and ride to the beach from the hotel or spend your day lounging by the saltwater pool that overlooks Andell Lake and offers poolside service during the summer months. Inquiry with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to learn about even more about where to see dolphins on Kiawah Island.
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