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Captain Dan's Water Tours staff strive to provide each and every one of our customers with a first class boat tour experience. We want your Charleston boat tour, dolphin watch tour or sunset cruise to be something you will never forget... And something you can't wait to recommend to your friends and family.

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Wonderful day with Dan out on the boat! He was so knowledgeable and fun, perfect day for our family to be outside and see Charleston from the water! JB 11/4/23

Very nice boat, knowledgeable and accommodating guide. Such a beautiful place and a relaxed, wonderful guide.  Very knowledgeable, accommodating and kind. I highly recommend Dan.  RJ 8/27/23

Captain Dan is the BEST!  We had a great time on the most beautiful boat :)  Thank you so much!! We could not have had a better time!! All 5 Star! A 7/8/23

Awesome! This was our second trip and another wonderful experience. We have two young girls (5,7) and Dan was so great with them.

Answering all their questions and ensuring everyone was happy. We even got to see many dolphins up close which made the girls day! It was such a great day on the water. I highly recommend. TM 6/26/23

Capt. Dan has cared for my family on boat outings for over 5 years. Not only does Dan have a beautiful, comfortable boat, but he maintains it safely and attractively. Dan is Coast Guard certified, and knows the harbor and estuary waterways better than a Harbor Pilot. We always feel safe as we enjoy our cruises, and Dan always has enjoyable stories to tell and history to share. Look no further. Dan is your man! JK 10/3/21

Captain Dan's water tour was the highlight of our Charleston trip ! We had a group of 5 people including a 7 year old and were all very happy with our experience. Dan made sure to cater the trip to all our requests! We saw lots of wildlife including dolphins and manatees and were able to anchor the boat so we could jump in and swim. Captain Dan was a wealth of knowledge providing us with history and facts of the area. His boat was also less then a year old and had all the amenities you could ask for! Seeing Charleston through this intimate tour from the ocean view is an incredible experience and a must do when visiting Charleston. I know when we go back we will be booking this tour again. LA 8/31/21

This was the best water tour the highlight of our trip to Charleston SC. Captain Dan was such a great tour guide and knew all about the Charleston area history and nature. We saw a multitude of wildlife dolphins, manatees and birds. We learned all about the area in our 4 hour tour and it was so intimate and personal. We toured the area took a refreshing swim. I think this is a must do experience for the area. Highly recommend for kids and adults. SP 8/30/21

Amazing day on the water! Captain Dan was a great tour guide and accommodating with our children on the boat. The boat itself was immaculate and very comfortable. We saw so much and we’re able to swim for a bit in a relatively short period of time. Whether you’re a local (like us) or visiting Charleston for the first time, you will enjoy this tour on the water! EM 7/17/21

Dan was awesome! Boat was stunning and so comfortable. He was incredibly accommodating especially when our friend got a little seasick. We learned a lot and got to enjoy a beautiful day on the water!! MC 7/10/21

Dan was fantastic! We had the most enjoyable time on the water with him and will most definitely book him again next time we are in town! JW 5/25/21

Dan is an amazing guide and has a beautiful new boat! This was our first tour with Dan and we will be booking again the next time we are in town without a doubt. He knew so much about Charleston, took us by several historic sites including the Battery, the Ravenel Bridge up close and many more! We saw so many things on our tour and the ride was comfortable and luxurious. The boat was stunning and super clean. It was only my husband and I on the tour which was nice and private but if your group has a few more the boat can accommodate comfortably. It was 27 feet long and has comfortable seating in the bow and in the rear of the boat as well. We left out of Shem creek marina and it was nice to get a full tour of the area. Dan was a pleasure and you could tell he knew his way around. Another really important note, Dan was a very safe captain. Overall a perfect day trip!! We left at 11AM and the weather was also perfect during that time. Don’t hesitate to commit. Book your trip with Dan as soon as you can because his tours fill up and you won’t want to miss out! This was so much fun!! RJ 5/22/21

Dan was a great host and wonderful tour guide. Dan's knowledge of the Charleston area was outstanding. He also did a great job of explaining the creeks and marsh eco-system to our 8 and 9 year old girls. We spent about 3 hours touring the harbor and creeks. The highlight of the evening was swimming and finding sharks teeth. By the end of the night our 8 year had become co-captain and was helping Dan drive the boat. It was a great evening. GP 7/24/20

Captain Dan's water tour was the highlight of our trip to Charleston. Captain Dan was very knowledgeable and showed us the history of the Charleston harbor and also the sites from filming Outer Banks. We had the best time and even got to see dolphins leaping out of the water. Thank you, Captain Dan! BA 6/30/20

I gave him a call a couple of hours before the trip because we were running a little late and he was extremely accommodating. He is extremely knowledgeable on the area and very entertaining. I highly recommend anyone looking to have some good family fun to book a trip with Dan. JP 1/26/2020


Captain Dan, thank you for MAKING our trip to Charleston. We knew we wanted to get on the water but didn't want a super stuffy fancy tour. We wanted a local who was funny, involved and made us feel relaxed. Captain Dan did just that!! He is so knowledgeable, funny and easy going. I will be sure to use him every time we come back to "the area and point our friends and family to his tour as well. Thank you!!! OB 6/2019

Capt Dan, we had a wonderful time. You are a wealth of knowledge. The kids loved driving the boat. We let them play in the fountain to get their desire for being in water out of them. We'd love to go out again next summer. Thanks for everything. Stay safe, E. 8/2019

Captain Dan was one of the highlights of our family trip. Extremely informative and interesting and pleasant to spend 3 hours on the water with! Highly recommend booking with Captain Dan! Looking forward to next time.

Slogar Crew June 2019

Captain Dan’s tour was the perfect afternoon for our family visit to Charleston! We have been visiting Charleston for years, but Captain Dan showed us waterways we had never explored, and the history, photos and sketches he shared made it so much more personal and interesting! WOW! We let him choose the route and it was an amazing mix of waterways, animals, architecture, history, bridges, and current events. Our teens loved it ALL, plus jumping off the boat to swim. Captain Dan was uber flexible and kind. The boat was immaculate and super comfortable. We will add this to our list of MUST DO activities that we share with all of our friends. Thank you Captain Dan for a fantastic family outing. Seriously, a 5-star experience! - DW, Alexandria VA 7/5/18

Five Star experience *****! My family has taken a couple tours with Capt. Dan, and both were spectacularly fun, relaxing and educational. Capt. Dan makes you feel safe and comfortable every minute of the journey, and that is especially important when you have children on board. Capt. Dan is very personable and engaging, which makes you feel right at home on his wonderful boat, and you never feel rushed or as if you are “just a customer”. Capt. Dan is great with kids – keeping them entertained and engaged. His knowledge of the harbor history and aquatic life is exceptional and an added bonus. I wholeheartedly recommend Capt. Dan’s Water Tours on your next trip to Charleston. - JK 6/13/17

Thank you, Dan. We had a wonderful evening, thanks to you. I so appreciate the chance to make sweet memories -- you're a great host and I feel great confidence on the water when we're traveling with you! Looking forward to next time. Thank you again. - LA 6/15/17

So fun, our family had the best time. We are local with visitors from out of town and they were so thankful for all the information and the great time. - CC 7/15/16

Captain Dan is very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time and will definitely take another tour with Dan!! - LM 6/16/16

We had a wonderful time with Dan. I recommend this tour for those visiting Charleston or those who live in the area and want to have an awesome day on the water. Go Dan go!!! - TH 5/5/16

5-Star! Captain Dan was a great, friendly and awesome tour guide. We had a great time and had a good history lesson. - LC 11/1/15

Captain Dan is an amazing tour guide. He has extreme knowledge of the area and it's history. If you've thought about a boat tour, look no further than Captain Dan's Water Tours. - HT 11/1/15

Our second outing with Captain Dan at the request of our out of state guests. Captain Dan took us on a completely different tour enabling us to see all new sites. His trips are always so enjoyable and informative. A delightful afternoon on the water! - LW 9/21/15

It was great!! Very informative, and a lovely ride!!! - kk 9/30/14

Thank you for a wonderful tour! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We would highly recommend this to anyone! :) - BW 9/9/14

Wonderful experience. I will go again! - AS 9/2/14

Fantastic guide!! Loved every minute. - CT 8/19/14

Thanks for the AWESOME excursion on Saturday, it was the highlight of our trip. It was fun seeing Tim (a native) learn new things about Charleston's history. I hope we have the pleasure to see you again! :D - LM 7/30/14

Captain Dan was so knowledgeable about the area and the history and eager to share. He was a great host. The boast was spotless and very comfortable. We purchased another trip as soon as we returned.! - LW 7/9/14

We had a great time riding the waves! It brought back a lot of good memories from years gone by. Thank you Capt Dan. - RG 6/27/15

Captain Dan with the Morris Island Lighthouse in the back ground. We really enjoyed the fantastic boat ride! We'll be seeing you again. Thank you. - R & Family 6/26/14

Awesome day on Captain's Dan's boat! Great day being together with family on an adventurous and relaxing tour! We saw more dolphins than ever imagined, found baby horse shoe crabs, and saw the awesome sites of Charleston! A truly memorable experience that our family will always be talking about - Thanks Captain Dan! - LA 6/14/14

Each time we go out we get a great experience, Thanks Captain Dan. - MC 3/10/14

Captain Dan was a true Captain. Knew his history and conversed the whole trip. We took the 2 hr and it was worth ever Penny. The smaller boat made it very personable instead of a boat that halls 100. I highly recommend this event. Good people and great area to see. - 9/27/13

We had an absolute blast on Captain Dan's Water Tour. Our Captain took us on a complete water tour up small creeks to see egrets, herons and other water birds and then out into the Charleston Harbor to see the beautiful city from the water. We rode for two hours just viewing and listening to Captain Dan explain all that we were seeing. We found him to be very knowledgeable about the environment, the waterways and the history or the area. Anywhere we wanted to go he was more than willing to take us there. He wanted us to have a good time....and we did!!! We will highly recommend using Captain Dan as your tour guide through out the waterway. - 9/23/13

He did an excellent job. My grand kids talked about captain Dan for days. I would highly recommend and will use him again and again in the future. - 8/24/13

This was a wonderful tour.. Capt. Dan was easy going and delightfully informative. - 8/12/13

We had an absolutely amazing time with Captain Dan! Highly recommended! - Camie

It was a total blast. Great tour, kids really loved him! We will be going again soon! THANKS CPT DAN! - 8/9/13

Great tour, thank you Capt. Dan. Our time with you on our custom tour of Battery Wagner and the rest of the harbour were one of the highlights of our vacation. Your advice on when to go based on the weather was dead on. And we saw more dolphin then could be hoped for! We recommend you to all! - Bob

We had a wonderful time with Captain Dan's Water Tours. Highly recommend! - 8/3/13

Dear Captain Dan - I just wanted to thank you again for such a lovely cruise last Sunday. My husband, daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did our out-of-town guests. They talked about it for the rest of their visit. I've already given your photo postcard to a co-worker, and will continue to recommend your boat tour to others. My CofC daughter will, as well! - JoanC

Captain Dan was very informative on Charleston and the boat ride was enjoyable. Loved it. - 6/12/13

Just had another trip with Captain Dan. This time I took my in-laws and they had a blast! Dan makes every trip a unique and exciting one. For young and old. Hey Dan, The Perez Family will be back. - EdP

Captain Dan was very well versed on all aspects of the local water areas and history of events in the Charleston area. Very pleasant person that made the tour that more interesting. Our son accompanied us and he is severely handicapped on his right side. Captain Dan was very helpful and patient in assisting him. - 5/17/13

Great tour. Captain Dan is easy going and very knowledgable. - 5/1/13

We had a really nice time with Captain Dan. He is very knowledgeable of the area and gave a very comfortable and informative tour. It definitely was one of the nicest experiences of our vacation in Charleston. We saw some dolphins and learned from him about some of the different birds native to the area. It was very relaxing, and much nicer than a cattle call on a big boat with tons of other people. - 4/3/13

Thanks for a fun tour, and for taking this great photo!- - SharonB

Cruising the waters with Captain Dan was awesome. Great day filled with sun, tons of dolphins and a great history lesson. Fantastic tour guide! I'll be returning! - JudyH

Captain Dan is charming and knowledgable. We had so much fun I'm booking a other tour for my next group of guests. - CarolM

We highly recommend sailing with Capt Dan. It gives you a terrific look at the city of Charleston from the Harbor. The many inlets/rivers you can explore are fascinating. Great conversation and an overall wonderful time on the water. - Karen F.

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Captain Dan, we had a great time out on the boat this weekend! The kids haven't stopped talking about feeding the birds, bird island, seeing the shrimp boats on Shem Creek, and seeing the Yorktown up close. Sam even drew a picture at school showing his experience. Thanks for a great day! - Cheryl N

I live in Mt Pleasant. When my daughter and her friends were coming for a visit, I wanted to do something special with them. We all had an amazing time, Captain Dan really knows the water, when the girls wanted to see something he would change his course and respond. If you are having visitors coming show them the beautiful Charleston waterways with Captain Dan!

We purchased this tour through living social when looking for things to do while on a family vacation. From the time I purchased the voucher to the time we used it (Thanksgiving week 2012) Captain Dan was more than helpful. He gave us recommendations for things to see and do as well as local restaurants to visit during our stay. While I did not experience the tour myself (we did it for the kids) everyone that went really enjoyed the tour and thought that Captain Dan knew the area and was a wonderful guide. I hope they (my kids) post the sunset pictures they took while on the tour as they were gorgeous!!! I hope we will see Captain Dan again on future visits.

We let our teenage kids skip school today and took a Charleston Harbor tour with my 70 yr old parents and we all loved it. Capt. Dan does a great job of explaining tides, the marshes, rivers, waterways and history of the area. I liked how it was laid back and we could linger watching the dolphins. It was really cool to get to see the USS Yorktown that close from the harbor side. And, I really liked the spot you took us where we "met" the ocean, it was beautiful. I also appreciated how clean and well kept your boat was. Thanks for a great day on the water and we hope to see you again when the weather warms back up next year for another tour.

My family was on vacation in Edisto and we had purchased a deal with for a two hour water tour on Shem Creek. We were set to leave at 6pm but arrived at the dock just about 20 minutes late thanks to all the commuter traffic. Captain Dan was waiting graciously on the dock for us. He has a gorgeous 22ft' Scout Sportfisher stocked with plenty of water and gatorade. He allows you to BYOB and snacks. We took off out of Shem Creek which was spectacular at high tide flanked with great blue herons and dolphins swimming next to the boat.

Along the way Captain Dan stopped to tell us about the historical points of interest as well as the local point of view. We went on an extensive tour of the harbor stopping by Rainbow Row and Fort Sumter. My favorite memory was in the creeks over by Morris island which was breathtaking at sunset.

We had a great time with Captain Dan. The tour was so thorough and he went above and beyond for us. Although we were just about 20 minutes late he allowed the tour to go on well past the two hours we paid for. You can't beat the value in this intimate tour of the Charleston Harbor. I highly recommend this to any one looking for an authentic tour without feeling too 'touristy'. - LindsayH MA

Thanks Capt. Dan!! My family really enjoyed our harbor tour with you today!! We really loved how laid back it was, how we could just float and watch the dolphins, all of the history of the area you shared with us. We let our kids skip school today and I'm sure they learned more from you about history and the science of tides than they would have sitting in class. I also appreciated that your boat was very clean and well kept and we felt very safe on board. We loved it and hope to catch you again for another tour of the river....we highly recommend your services. - SandraH

We had a wonderful time, the kids had the time of their lives! We saw a pod of Dolphins, learned about the creek, visited the bird sanctuary and cast a little net to discover learn about crabs and fish. Captain Dan really made it a special time for them. - Daniel & JennaG

The best boating experience in the Low Country!!! - KellyC

I had a fantastic time on Captain Dan's tour! It was completely relaxing, yet, also very informative and interesting - not to mention filled with gorgeous views! - StephanieR

Dan is very knowledgeable about all the waterways surrounding Charleston. We had a very relaxing and informative adventure. Everyone should try it just once-you will be back! - SallyM

If you’re in Charleston, SC. Go see it from the Water... I can count on Captain Dan and so can you. - RandyH

Captain Dan knows all of the places to much fun! Looking at Charleston from the "Water!" - SusanL

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