Boat tours of various types are available out of Savannah and the marshes and coast nearby.
Basic narrated river cruises up and down the Savannah River are the easiest to access from Savannah. Dolphin and sightseeing tours out of Savannah or Tybee Island are also available.
If you want to see more of the region’s landscape and nature a charter tour of the creeks and rivers between Savannah and Tybee Island or down the coast is worth considering, though this is usually a more expensive option than scheduled public tours.
Please note that prices listed do not generally include sales tax or gratuities (around 15% is standard).
The information below is correct as of June 2017, but availability may vary by season, and specific tours may be withdrawn without notice. Please verify all details with the respective company or guide before planning your trip.
Dolphin Magic, 2hrs. Reel Em’ N Charters Departs from River Street, Savannah. Boat tours down the Savannah River to Tybee Island, sightseeing and dolphin-watching. March through November. Adults $27.10, children (3-12) $13.55, young children (0-2) free. Call 912-897-4990 or 800-721-1240 (toll-free) for reservations, or book online.
Savannah Riverboat Harbor Sightseeing Cruise, 1hr30. Departs from River Street, Savannah. Savannah Riverboat Cruises Sightseeing boat tour of Savannah and its port. Year round, but days and times vary seasonally. Adults $23.95, children (5-12) $14.95, young children (0-4) free. Reservations are not required, but can be made online or by calling 912-232-6406. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office at 9 East River Street. Savannah Riverboat Cruises also offer a range of other boat tours including sunset and moonlight trips, dinner and music cruises and seasonal and holiday cruises.
Dolphin Tour, 1hr-1hr30 (pet-friendly). Departs from Lazaretto Creek Marina, Tybee Island. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours Sightseeing and dolphin-watching boat tours of the Tybee Island area, and also seasonal winter historic tours. Tours available most days, usually several sailings, morning and afternoon. Adults $15, children (3-12) $8, young children (0-2) $1. Sunset cruises also available May through September. Adults $18, children (3-12) $11, young children (0-2) $1. Call 912-786-5848 or 800-242-0166 (toll-free) or book online. Located at 180 Old Tybee Road, Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 (Lazaretto Creek Marina).
Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventure, 1hr-1hr30. Departs from Lazaretto Creek Marina, Tybee Island. Tybee Dolphin Adventure Sightseeing and dolphin-watching boat tour of the Tybee Island area. Adults $15, children (3-12) $8, young children (0-2) free. Sunset cruises also available. Adults $18, children (3-12) $11, young children (0-2) free. Reservations recommended, either online or call 912-658-2322. Located at 2101 US Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328 (Lazaretto Creek).
Several boat tour and charter companies in the Savannah and Tybee Island area offer suggested trips to the region's best nature spots and barrier islands, an overview of which is given below (follow the links for details of specific tours to each destination).
Other charter companies will usually also be able to arrange similar tours for your group, or an excursion to any other local destination of your choosing.
Sunset on the Water, 2hrs. With Sundial Charters. Sunset boat ride to Little Tybee Island. Call 912-786-9470 or book online. $200 for 1-2, plus $25 for each additional adult and $10 for each additional child (0-16) up to a maximum of 6 per boat (3 boats available). More details
Little Tybee Sunset Picnic, 4hrs. With Tybee Island Charters. Evening boat ride to Little Tybee, with picnic dinner on the beach. $600 for 6, additional participants $50 per person. Call 912-786-4801 for reservations. More details
Isle of Hope Sunrise or Sunset Tour (6 max) 2-3hrs. With Savannah Coastal EcoTours. Sunrise and sunset cruises of the Skidaway River, from Isle of Hope. $275 for up to 6 people. Call 912-220-6092 for reservations. More details
Savannah Sunset Cruise (6 max) 2hrs30. With Isle of Lucy Boat Excursions. Sunset tour of the Wilmington and Skidaway Rivers, from Thunderbolt. Around $215, depending on trip duration ($125 for first hour, $60 per additional hour). Call 912-657-5692 for reservations. More details
A few private boat tours explore the ecology and history of Tybee Island, with sightseeing tours of the island and fossil-hunting excursions for shark teeth and other prehistoric fragments currently available. See Tybee Island boat tours
Nature-oriented boat tours of the inland marshes near Savannah, around the Skidaway River and its larger creeks, are also available, mostly departing from either Isle of Hope or Thunderbolt. See Skidaway tours
The three major barrier islands south of Tybee – Little Tybee, Wassaw and Ossabaw – are readily accessible as a day trip from the Savannah-Tybee region. As none of the islands have road access, a boat (or kayak, or paddleboard) is the only way to get there.
The pristine nature reserve of Little Tybee Island is the easiest to get to, a short boat ride south of Tybee. Several boat excursions are available, either touring the island and exploring its creeks (when tides allow) to see dolphins and birds, or landing, with time on the island's secluded beaches to relax or look for shells. See Little Tybee boat tours
Further afield are Wassaw Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Ossabaw Island, the latter privately managed as a nature reserve and cultural site. The large publicly-accessible portion of Wassaw offers beautiful beaches and hiking trails through the island's forested ridge, and most boat excursions will allow time to venture on land. See boat trips to Wassaw Island
The situation at Ossabaw is slightly more complicated. The beach is accessible to all, with many boat tours touring the island or landing only on these public areas. Access to the interior is controlled by the Ossabaw Island Foundation, and must be arranged either directly with them or via a tour guide, who will arrange access on your behalf. More about visiting Ossabaw Island, and details of available boat tours
Sweet Lowland Tybee Tours Boat charters out of Tybee Island. 2-, 4- and 6-hour trips available, $55 per hour. Sightseeing and dolphin tours around Tybee Island, Skidaway and vicinity or barrier island excursions. Call 912-786-0215 or 912-659-7777 (cell) or email: [email protected]
Standard Bay Charters (6 max) Departs from River Street, Thunderbolt or Skidaway Island. Private sightseeing tours of the Savannah River, barrier islands or area of your choice. Call 912-844-7140 for information and pricing.
Guale Coastal Excursions (6 max, no pets) Possible excursions include Little Tybee Island, Wassaw Island and Blackbeard Island. Advance reservations (at least 5 days notice) required. Call 706-533-6552 or email [email protected] First 4 hours $280, $30 per additional hour up to 8 hours, then $20 per additional hour up to 12 hours.
Coastal River Charters Departs from Savannah Bend Marina. Sightseeing boat charters, $50 per passenger per hour. Call 912-441-9930 for reservations.
Bull River Cruises (42 max and 17 max) Departs from Hogan’s Marina, Wilmington Island. Boat charters available in higher-capacity vessels for larger groups. Destinations include the Savannah River and Ebenezer Creek, the barrier islands, marshes and Daufuskie Island plus nature and sunset cruises. 17-passenger boat: $145 per hour for 1-12 people or $175 per hour for 13-17. 42-passenger boat: $250 per hour. Reservations required, call 800-311-4779. Individuals and small groups can also be accommodated on some existing bookings, call 912-898-1800 for details.
Compass Sailing Departs from Bull River Marina. Destinations include Bull River, Wassaw Sound and the ocean. 4 hours $495, 7 hours $695 or $125 per hour, 4 hour minimum. Call 912-441-3265 or email [email protected] for reservations.
Sundial Charters Sail boat excursions to Georgia and South Carolina’s barrier islands and waterways. Half day $750, full day $1250, overnight $2400. Call 912-786-9470 for reservations.