Photo courtesy of the Coastal Discovery Museum

Every year over two million visitors flock here to enjoy the warm sunshine and more than 12 miles of beaches that encircle Hilton Head. Beachcombing is a natural activity, literally and figuratively. All ages have fun searching for crabs, shells, sand dollars, starfish, driftwood, and other treasures.

A number of companies offer private beach walks and beachcombing tours. These tours explain the importance of the dunes, the sea creatures in the ocean, the different types of seashells you may find while walking the beach, or the forces that are responsible for shaping the beach. These trips are available during the day and at night under the full moon.

Visit the beaches on remote islands such as Daufuskie Island. Or pull up on a sandbar or shell bank that yields the freshest of treasures. Bring a picnic if you wish.

You can also rent a boat to go exploring remote islands and beaches on your own. You’ll be provided with map and instructions on where you can and cannot go.

Tybee Island near Savannah and Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort are also great beaches to comb.

For more information, contact:

Commander Zodiac (843-671-3344)

Island Explorer (843-785-2100)

Live Oac Adventures (888-254-8362)

Outside Hilton Head (800-686-6996)

Palmetto Bay Watersports (843-785-2345)

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