How to Go Dolphin Watching in Myrtle Beach
Along the eastern coast of the United States
, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are a sight to be seen. They are graceful creatures that bring joy to both the young and the old. In Myrtle beach
, South Carolina, dolphin watching is quite common and can be done in several ways. Fortunately, dolphins often swim close to the shoreline, so watching them can sometimes be a free fun activity for the whole family.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Take a charter cruise to see the dolphins. There are several companies that give dolphin sightseeing cruises for a fee. Sometimes the cruises offer more than just dolphin watching, but also dining options and sunset viewings. The captains of these boats know the best locations where dolphins are most likely to be. Dolphin watching businesses in Myrtle Beach include Blue Wave Adventures, Express Water Sports, and Captain Dick's Water Sports.
Go out on a pier. There are long piers built along the Myrtle Beach coastline. Many fishermen use the piers to deep sea fish and many piers have attractions on them for visitors. Many tourists do see dolphins throughout the day from the piers. Examples include the Apache Pier and the Second Avenue Fishing Pier. There are sometimes fees for entrance to these piers.
Take a boat out into the waters just off the South Carolina shore. Even if you don't own a boat, you can charter (rent) one for a few hours or the entire day. Be sure you know how to drive a boat and wear a life jacket while out. You will most likely be required to arrive early in order to review safety procedures before heading out. You usually do not need to go out very far to see the dolphins.
Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.