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5 Best Myrtle Beach Boat Tours

Looking for seaside thrills big enough to entertain the whole family? You can find them in two places. First, a Myrtle Beach boat tour. Second, the Captain's Quarters Resort in South Myrtle Beach: your fun-filled base of operations, complete with a spa, kids waterpark, and a delicious array of dining options.

Feeling the ocean's call? We're listening, and we've got the perfect answer: a captivating boat tour. We've meticulously selected and detailed the finest boat tours around, making it easy for every thrill-seeker and ocean lover to find their ideal sea escapade.

Below, we've listed five Myrtle Beach boat rides (with speed boats, pontoon boats, and more) that offer a glimpse into the aquatic heart of the region.


Waccamaw River Tours

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Waccamaw River Tours treats guests to a 1.5-hour, narrated journey through a pristine, moss-draped river system on the edges of the National Wildlife Refuge. You'll glide across tranquil waters, gawk at alligators basking on the banks, and relish the sights of various herons and ospreys mingling among the verdant foliage. Don’t feel bad about the crab legs you ate earlier — those birds will catch their meal soon enough!

This boat operator’s goal? To ensure each tour is as educational as it is awe-inspiring. Speaking of learning, guests are also invited to check out the tour's gift shop and education station, which includes riverfront chairs, engaging games, and perhaps, most importantly, ice cream!

Crave a more intimate experience? Book private tours instead, which cater to all sizes of small groups, via the company's website.


Blackbeard's Pirate Cruise

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  • Address: 141 Fantasy Harbor Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Website: Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise

  • Hours: Most cruises depart at 4:00 p.m., with few exceptions.

Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise, a creation dreamed up by four long-time friends, has become a cornerstone of maritime adventure in Myrtle Beach since its inception by Myrtle Beach Watersports in 1996.

Embarking on this voyage, adventurers are whisked into an interactive world of treasure hunts, valiant duels, and captivating stories of the ocean's mysteries, all overseen by a dedicated crew embodying the spirit of age-old pirates.

This cruise invites you to step back in time to an era when pirates roamed the seas. Guests are invited to observe and immerse themselves completely in the narrative. You'll join a crew on a quest through the lore and legacy that pirates left along the Carolina coast.


Tiki Tours of Myrtle Beach

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Tiki Tours, one of the South Myrtle Beach area’s most celebrated boat cruises, allows guests to dive head-first into the city's vibrant party scene.

Party-goers are encouraged to "rock the boat" (not literally) while aboard the Friki Tiki Jr., an 18-passenger party vessel that blasts your favorite tunes as you move through the breathtaking Intracoastal Waterway.

The aptly named boat is quite literally a floating party, equipped with everything needed for a memorable bash. We're talking onboard coolers, ice, a bluetooth sound system, and even USB charging stations. All you need to bring is your beverage of choice (BYOB) and some food to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Obviously, the experience is well-suited for bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties. However, family outings and corporate events also find a refreshing twist on the Friki Tiki Jr., where the atmosphere is always fun.


Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch

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  • Address: 4123-B US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC

  • Website: Blue Wave Adventures

  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Is seeing a dolphin in the wild on your bucket list? Well, good news! Blue Wave Adventures is here to make your dream come true with its eco-tour dolphin cruises!

With a crew that includes a marine biologist with over 20 years of experience, you'd be hard-pressed to find more qualified folks to help you spot dolphins south of Myrtle Beach. Not only that, but the narrated tours are fully interactive, so you'll feel less like a casual observer and more like a hearty new member of the crew on this boat ride.

Rest assured, the Blue Wave's vessel (the Tursi-Ops) has been inspected by the United States Coast Guard and is operated by a licensed Master Captain.

On top of the dolphins, the tour also promises guests glimpses of sea turtles, sharks, and more, making it an ideal adventure for families of all shapes and sizes. However, children under three and expecting mothers are not permitted for safety reasons.


Murrells Inlet Sunset Cruise

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Sightseeing with a sunset? Yes, please! There's nothing quite like taking in the full breadth of the world as the sun goes down once more, especially if you're doing it while aboard the Murrells Inlet Sunset Cruise.

This boat tour offers stunning views of local wildlife and historic homes, all to the glowing backdrop of a spellbinding South Carolina sunset.

This is both an eco-friendly and once-in-a-lifetime cruise, guaranteed to supply you with all kinds of warm memories to dwell upon when you're back shoveling snow in Minnesota.


Enjoy Ocean Views with the Captain’s Quarters

From striking sights of the Atlantic Ocean to extravagant dinner cruises, Myrtle Beach has no shortage of delightful boat tours and private charters.

Captain's Quarters Resort invites you to discover Myrtle Beach's enchanting maritime world. But once you’ve had your fair share of playing captain, let us take the reins. We welcome you to relax at our exciting resort, complete with water amenities and modern accommodations, to truly unwind on this much-needed vacation.

Make your next vacation memorable, and book with us today!

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