Hilton Head Island is a beautiful piece of paradise nestled on the southern coast of South Carolina. Are you looking for water sports to enjoy during your stay on the island? If so, join us as we explore some this list provided by Beachside Hilton Head of the most popular water sports options.
Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Standup paddle boarding has exploded in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. This low-impact water sport provides a great workout while allowing you to take in the scenery around you.
Where To Find SUP in Hilton Head
Standup paddleboarding is available at several rental companies. Hilton Head Outfitters and Outside Hilton Head are two of the most popular rental companies that offer a variety of SUP rentals for all skill levels. Some popular spots for SUP in Hilton Head include Calibogue Sound, Broad Creek, and Palmetto Bay Marina.
Kayaking is a fun and unique way to explore the beauty of Hilton Head Island’s waterways. Make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and a variety of bird species as you kayak.
Where To Find Kayaking in Hilton Head
Hilton Head Outfitters and Outside Hilton Head are two of the most popular rental companies with a variety of kayak rentals for all skill levels. Some popular spots for kayaking in Hilton Head include Skull Creek, Broad Creek, and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.
For those looking for a little more speed on the water, jet skiing is a great option. Jet skiing is available at several locations on Hilton Head, including Island Water Sports and H2O Sports. Hilton Head is the perfect place to explore on a jet ski with its open ocean and calm bays.
Where To Find Jet Skiing in Hilton Head
Jet skiing is available at several rental companies like Island Water Sports, which offer jet ski rentals for all skill levels. Some popular spots for jet skiing in Hilton Head include Calibogue Sound, Broad Creek, and Palmetto Bay Marina.
Hilton Head’s windy conditions make it an ideal destination for windsurfing. The island offers great spots for both beginners and experienced windsurfers with its vast beaches and shallow waters.
Where To Find Windsurfing in Hilton Head
Outside Hilton Head has windsurfing lessons and rentals for all skill levels. Some popular spots for windsurfing in Hilton Head include Calibogue Sound, Broad Creek, and Palmetto Bay Marina.
Windsurfing can be a challenging sport, so it is recommended to take a lesson or two to learn the basics of how to windsurf before attempting to do it on your own.
Fishing is another popular water activity in Hilton Head. Whether you’re looking to catch some trout, redfish, or bluefish, there are plenty of fishing spots in Hilton Head. Here are some fishing options you can find on the island.
- Beach fishing
- Charter fishing
- Pier fishing
- Kayak fishing
Hilton Head Island offers a variety of fishing opportunities to suit all skill levels and preferences whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner.
Where To Fish in Hilton Head
Shelter Cove Marina is a great place to go if you’re looking to do some inshore fishing. You can catch a variety of species, including redfish, trout, and flounder. Another option is Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a 4,000-acre preserve that offers excellent opportunities for inshore and offshore saltwater fishing.
If you’re looking to do some offshore fishing, there are many charters available in Hilton Head. Some popular species to target offshore include dolphinfish, wahoo, tuna, and billfish.
Folly Beach Pier and the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier are also great places to fish for different species of fish.
Water Sports Safety Protocols
Safety protocols must be strictly followed to ensure a fun and memorable trip to Hilton Head. Here are rules you should keep in mind before deciding to frolic in the waters.
Wear a Life Jacket
A life jacket is an essential piece of safety equipment for any water sport. Make sure to wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times.
Know Your Limits
Only attempt water sports in areas and conditions that are appropriate for your skill level. If you are a beginner, stick to calmer waters until you feel more comfortable.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
Keep an eye out for boats, kayaks, and other watercraft in the area. Always yield to larger boats and stay out of navigational channels.
Follow Safety Instructions
Make sure to follow all safety instructions provided by rental companies or instructors. This may include information about how to properly use equipment, where to go in the water, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Respect the Environment
Respect the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it. Do not litter or disturb the wildlife while participating in water sports.
Check the Weather
Before heading out on the water, check the weather forecast and make sure conditions are safe for your activity.
Hilton Head Island is a fantastic place for water sports aficionados. Everyone can find something to do with the diversity of choices offered. Always observe safety protocols when participating in any water sport and you can explore the stunning waterways surrounding Hilton Head Island with a smile on your face!