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“Seas” the Day and Embark on the Nautical Life

Ahoy, mates! The expansive waters of the Atlantic Ocean and calm inland rivers are calling to you and your fellow landlubbers. By venturing to a local pier or marina in the Grand Strand, you’ll find many options for an exceptional day (or evening) on the water. After all, boating is fun, relaxing, and the perfect thing to do on a beautiful day on Myrtle Beach’s coast.

Almost every boating company in the region offers a variety of tours that can cater to whatever interests you. From catching your dinner on a fishing charter to educational or scenic tours, there is a boat with a tour for you! However, young children and adults who enjoy nature should definitely check out Waccamaw River Tours. The company’s wildlife boat tours are not only educational, but everyone who goes on these excursions usually has a great time!

Dolphin cruises bring you close to the mammals that continually captivate spectators. Their intelligence, communication styles and playful antics have endeared them to many, and the love for these mammals continues to grow. Plus, they’re fun to see in the wild. That’s why tours to see these creatures have become so popular in Myrtle Beach. Both Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises and Hurricane Fleet Fishing & Dolphin Adventure Cruises will take you to the areas where dolphins are likely to be found. However, if you’re one of those who can’t be on a boat without a fishing pole in their hands, these companies also offer great options for full- and half-day fishing trips. Aboard their vessels, they will take you into the Atlantic on excursions designed for anglers of all ages and skill levels. Tuna, marlin, Spanish mackerel and grouper are just a few fish that you might be able to hook. The best part is, you don’t need any equipment or experience. These companies provide bait, tackle, rod, reel and expertise. Good luck hooking the big one!

In addition to boarding a boat for deep sea fishing or touring local waterways, there are other fantastic nautical experiences that visitors may enjoy. Adventurers don’t have to travel far to find excitement at new heights or thrilling speeds. Try taking a banana boat ride from Ocean Watersports. You’ll be bouncing along on this group raft as a powerboat speeds you over the ocean waves. Meanwhile, a gorgeous vista awaits those brave enough to take to the skies to see the South Carolina coastline from a different (and higher) perspective while parasailing. They also have you covered if you would prefer to rent a jet ski and race across the water.

You don’t even have to be on the open water to experience a thrilling boat ride. On Ripley’s Glass Bottom Boat Adventure at Ripley's Aquarium, guests aboard the boat can float in the shark tank. The scenery through the floor of the boat is mesmerizing as sharks patrol the depths of their habitat. At least your safety is guaranteed with these predators nearby—just don’t rock the boat!

And no list of local boating adventures would be complete without a tour of the Battleship North Carolina. Located in Wilmington, NC, this impressive vessel served in the Pacific arena during WWII and even protected the USS Enterprise from enemy attack. Constructed in New York in 1937, the ship’s speed and agility kept her afloat despite many Japanese claims that she had been sunk. Today she is open for tours, and visitors can imagine Navy life during wartime while aboard the North Carolina.

With so many options for a memorable boating experience, you would be remiss to not take advantage of them while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. So “seas” the day and go find your adventure on the water!

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