There is no shortage of places to explore, dine, and relax during your Hilton Head vacation. But what about those hidden gems, those unconventional outings that really make a trip unique and memorable? Hilton Head is a treasure trove of exceptional experiences, so where can you go for a really outstanding time?

Daufuskie Island

The southernmost inhabited island of South Carolina, and exclusively accessible by ferry or private water taxi, this small slice of paradise offers many guided tours. But for a really stand-out experience, you’ll need to visit Daufuskie Trail Rides and take a horseback ride down the white sand beaches. Classically romantic, this activity is sure to set this trip above any other. Daufuskie Trail Rides also offers wooded and historical tours and boutique stables.

Bluffton Oyster Company

There are fewer and fewer places that you can find genuinely fresh, locally caught seafood. It’s even rarer to find true mastery and professionalism in oyster picking and shucking. Bluffton Oyster Company has a history going back to 1913 and is one of the last places in South Carolina you can find hand-picked and hand-shucked oysters. For a unique dining experience, plan to visit during soft-shell blue crab season. Locally sourced daily, these crabs are only available for a few short weeks. Make it a night out or plan a private event and take advantage of their catering menu.

Hilton Head Helicopter Tours

Another unconventional way to spend the day is with a helicopter tour! Hilton Head Helicopter Tours offers 10 different tour styles, including the 8-mile Ocean View loop, a short hands-on experience for families and helicopter enthusiasts alike. Check out their website for all the specifics and to browse their many options.


A Hilton Head vacation is never dull, but with the addition of these activities, it’ll be an experience that’ll keep you coming back again and again.