Myrtle Beach WaterSports Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise

Today the family and I headed out to a Dolphin Cruise. I LOVE dolphins. I truly do. I’ve always been amazed by them and how they are so gracious when they move and when they swim. The look so friendly and so beautiful. To me it’s breathtaking. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to see dolphins in their nature habitat, which is over course, the ocean. Since we are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation I decided that this would be a good time to go cruise out on to the Atlantic Ocean and see some dolphins. I began my hunt!

We looked at many places before we decided to book our cruise with Myrtle Beach Watersports. We went on the Sea Thunder cruise. Our cruise time was 12:00 pm. We arrived at about 11:00 am. We didn’t purchase our tickets online, but we did call ahead and make reservations. That ensured us a seat on the boat. The boat was almost completely full, so I am glad we called ahead. We got a photo before we got on board and then we headed out to the ocean.  We started out enjoying a narrated cruise of the historic Intracoastal Waterway, touring all the way to the Little River Inlet, cruising through South Carolina’s most pristine scenery. We passed homes, marinas, and uninhabited islands. We also passed by 2 unique fishing villages. We also learned briefly about the history of the area which includes civil war battles, pirate ship attacks, and geographical history. All of this was done at a very slow “no wake” speed so you could hear the captain and the first mate and see everything, taking pictures if you wanted too. The boat then picked up speed as it approached the blue granite rock jetty, which is the gateway to the ocean.

Next came the fun and wet ride into the Atlantic Ocean to find the graceful dolphin. This was the best part of the cruise for me! We began the dolphin watch. Once the boat arrived at the dolphin sighting location and the captain slowed down to an idle so everyone on the boat could get a good look at the dolphins. It was truly a memorable experience I will NEVER forget. There were SO many dolphins. I’d never seen them like that before. They were popping in and out of the water and swimming so graciously. I could have stayed out there for hours and watched them.

The cruise lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours. After the dolphin watch you head back to the dock. You unload and then you can see your group family picture that was taken. I loved the photo and it came framed. The price of the photo was $20, but again, it’s nicely framed and contained the date and the cruise information, which made it a little more special and unique.

How Much Does The Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise Cost?

Personally, when I was looking, I found many places and many prices. I found this once to be a little more then some and a little less then some. The thing that sold me on this cruise.. the testimonials on their website from real people who rode this same cruise. They also were the only company that offered a guarantee! That’s right, they guarantee you will see dolphins or they will give you a voucher for the next ride to be free! Having said that, I felt the price was fair. We had a $3 off each adult ticket coupon, which was in a coupon book provided by our hotel. That made it $118.00 for 4 adults and 2 children. Ticket prices are: Adults $25 each, Kids (age 3-12) $15.00 and kids 2 and under ride free.

What Is The Cruise Schedule Like?

During Summer (June through August) the Sea Thunder goes out at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There is also a Sunset Cruise that is offered. You have to call for the schedule because it varies. The Sea Screamer goes out at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. On Saturdays both the Sea Thunder and Sea Screamer go out at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. On Sunday the only cruise is on the Sea Thunder at 1:00 pm. In the Spring and Fall the cruises are more limited and the schedule is posted on their website.

Where Can I Get More Information on the Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise?

You can find all the information you need to take the Sea Thunder Dolphin Cruise located at Harbourgate Marina 2100 Sea Mountain Highway North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can also reach them by phone at 843-280-8400. You can also connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Thunder or online at www.myrtlebeachdolphincruises.com. This will also give you information on the Sea Screamer (who is the sister boat/cruise to the Sea Thunder).
Disclosure: I was provided with a Myrtle Beach Area Media Pass through the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB while I was in the area. This attraction/adventure was NOT compensated by the Media Pass. This is something we chose to do while we were in the area. Regardless all views and opinions with regards to the venues, events or attractions are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company or Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB prior to posting.

 

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