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Island Hopper Boat Charters

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3 Mariners Cay Dr, Mariners Cay Marina, Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Best thing I’ve experienced in Charleston!

Captain Randy was fun, knowledgeable, and made sure we had fun! I would book him again for sure! We... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
lemeyer29
Randy from Island Hopper is the BOMB DOT COM!

We took a private charter (I think all of Randy's are private, but I'm not sure) to Morris Island... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Island Hopper Boat Charters is a family owned and operated charter company serving Charleston and Folly Beach since 1997. We offer private boat charters including lighthouse/ shelling trips, dolphin watches and sunset cruises. Capt. Randy Smith is native to the area and places great emphasis on safety and fun. Our primary goal is when you step off our charter, you and your family will have created a lifelong memory ! Capt. Randy
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3 Mariners Cay Dr, Mariners Cay Marina, Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Randy was fun, knowledgeable, and made sure we had fun! I would book him again for sure! We saw tons of dolphins and the trip close to the lighthouse was beautiful.

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review our services. I am so glad you all enjoyed your charter. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Capt Randy

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a private charter (I think all of Randy's are private, but I'm not sure) to Morris Island with Randy on Saturday, March 31. He and the tour were AMAZING, and I do not use that word lightly. First of all, Randy is hilarious....More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the great review ! It was a pleasure to have you and your family onboard the Island Hopper . This awesome family took a weather day made of lemons and made lemonade. What troopers ! Hope to see ya again...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family (kids 7 & 9) loved our trip to Morris Island with Captain Randy! We all learned and laughed a lot on the boat ride. Captain Randy shared some of his amazing finds from the island over the years with us - my son...More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your time taken to write the review is truly appreciated . So glad you all enjoyed your charter,and I hope to serve you again in the future Captain Randy

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Captain Randy was wonderful! We saw dolphins on our way out to the island. The kids had a blast shelling on the island! It was a great excursion!

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind words. So glad the kids had a great time on their spring break. They deserve It! Captain Randy

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful trip with Captain Randy, he took his time explaining different things about the area. He also showed us the best places to find shells and shark teeth. He also stopped to show us the dolphins that were swimming by. We had...More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing our charter services. Really happy a good time was had by all. Please come see us again if you find yourself back on Folly Beach again. Capt Randy

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time on our ride to Morris Island. Captain Randy is the perfect blend of informative, entertaining, and laid-back. If you’re planning a visit to Folly Beach, do yourself a favor and book one of his tours!

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the positive review, means the world to me. Really happy you all enjoyed your charter and hope to see you again Capt Randy

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

I saw dolphin, a juvenile bald eagle, pelicans and the most scenic view in the area. Go at low tide with Randy and learn about the history of the lighthouse, the surrounding habitat, and more. You can walk the sandbar and enjoy the majesty of...More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our charter service . As far as nature goes, we kinda knocked it out of the park,so to speak . Please look us up again ,if you find yourself back on Folly. Captain Randy

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

We had so much fun with Captain Randy today! He is hilarious and knowledgable. 100% recommend. We saw multiple dolphins and the boat ride was smooth.

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Can you please tell my wife I am funny and smart ! I tell her all the time ,and she just shakes her head. Seriously, thanks for cruising on our boat and the kind words. Captain Randy

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

My kids and I had a perfect morning boat ride to Morris Island. Captain Randy knows the best way to get to the island, helped us with spotting dolphins, and pointed out the best places to look for shells. He was incredibly knowledgable about all...More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you so much for reviewing our charter services. It is nice to know you spent a few extra dollars on a private charter,and still view it as a value. We hope to have an opportunity to serve you again in the future. Captain Randy

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We go on an Island Hopper boat charter to see dolphins and wildlife in the marshes and to Morris Island every time we go to Folly, probably at least for the last 10 years. Capn Randy is very knowledgeable about the ecology and the weather/tides,...More

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RandyS711, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

It has been an absolute pleasure to have you all onboard for so many years. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with future guests. Can't wait to see you all again in the future. Captain Randy

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bettyskid
5 April 2018|
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Response from Randy S | Property representative |
Hi Betty, We can accommodate using 2 boats. We have done many of these and works out well. Boats depart and stay together the entire time. Cost is $200 per boat Captain Randy Smith Island Hopper Charters Folly Beach SC 843... More
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When we went in May of 2016, we took our 6 year-old and 3 year-old granddaughters. They had excellent adult supervision because there were 6 adults with them. Their safety was never in doubt (they also were very... More
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