Welcome to Pirates of Hilton Head!

Hilton Heads first and only custom pirate ship, is the islands #1 rated attraction! From beginning to end the action is non-stop as we transform the kids into our Pirate Crew. There’s face-paint, tattoos and even a pirate sash to wear for the trip. Everyone gets a pirate name and learns how to talk like a pirate all before we even start our search for treasure!

We’ve got a map that leads to the sunken treasure chest , but Stinky Pete, the islands smelliest pirate knows about it too and he stole the key! The race is on, to find Stinky Pete and get the key back before he can steal the treasure. Once we find him, our new crew will have to man the water cannons and blast Stinky Pete until he gives us the key.

Fortunately, we always beat Stinky Pete and every one of our pirates gets a share of the booty to take home. There’s singing and dancing and you never know what other surprises we might run into. There’s a reason we’re rated #1, come and see why our customers always say this was the highlight of their vacation.


We’ve got a map to sunkin treasure, but we need a crew!

Hilton Head’s smelliest pirate stole the key!

The only way to defeat Stinky Pete, and the only ship that has them!

The island’s only custom Pirate Ship.


Cruise Description

Recommended ages 2-10

The entire experience with the crew of the Black Dagger lasts about an hour and a half. The first fifteen minutes is spent on the dock getting the little pirates ready and teaching them how to talk like a real pirate crew. Once the crew is ready we board the ship and head out on the Calibogue Sound for about an hour and 15 minutes.

The waters we ply are protected and usually very calm, sea sickness is normally not an issue. We suggest you prepare for the weather, if the sun is out load up on sunblock and bring some water. If it's cloudy consider a light rain jacket, we will still sail in a light drizzle, we're pirates after all.


Use the calendar below to select your date and make your reservation online!

Want to give the gift of pirate adventure? Buy a Pirates of Hilton Head Gift Certificate!

Arr Schedule!

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Ticket prices for the pirate cruise are $30 for adults and $30 for kids under 12, children UNDER 2 can ride for FREE. Please include all persons planning on coming aboard when making your reservation, this is a Coast Guard regulation and no exceptions will be made. For the most fun, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes early to get your little pirates tattooed, a pirate name and get dressed up. There’s plenty to do at Harbour Town and parking can be difficult, so once again we suggest you arrive early.

Due to the limited number of spaces per trip we suggest you purchase your ticket online, we accept Visa and MasterCard. Parties of 10 or less may cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance of your sailing time. We do not offer refunds for cancelations with less than 24 hours notice, NO EXCEPTIONS! Parties of more than 10, must provide 48 hours notice. We do not offer refunds within 24 hours, regardless of the circumstances. Holding a reservation is done at your own risk. Our trips almost all sell out.

Pirates of Hilton Head reserves the right to cancel any trip in the event of steady rain, thunderstorms, high winds or any condition that the Captain deems unsafe. We will attempt to notify you at least one hour prior to check-in when possible. Cancellations are at the sole discretion of Pirates of Hilton Head. If we cancel your trip for any reason, you will not be charged or we will issue you a refund.


You have until 24 hours prior to your cruise to make any changes to your reservation. No cancellations are allowed within 24 hours of your departure time as space is limited and those spaces have been reserved for you. Your credit card will be charged the full amount for unsold seats. Just give us a call at 843.363.700 should you need to cancel.

We will sail in a light drizzle but anything more and we'll cancel the trip. Regardless of the weather where you are, don't assume the trip is cancelled, often-times we can use the radar to avoid the rain and will still sail. The captain reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason. If we cancel a trip you will be issued a refund. We will always make every attempt to contact you ahead of time in the event of a cancellation.

There is no restroom on the boat, please go ahead of time. Dress for the weather, we don't get the kids wet so bathing suits aren't required. Sunblock is a must, there's lots of shade aboard but we keep the kids in the action so they get a good amount of sun. Feel free to bring a drink or a snack but there's no time for a big lunch, the kids will be too busy having fun. Last but not least don't forget yer camera.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should the kids wear and what do we need to bring?

Dress appropriate for the weather. We don't get the children wet so bathing suits aren't needed. Sunblock and a camera are a must! We have ice cold water for only $1 at the dock.

Is it rough, or more importantly, will we get seasick?

Our adventure takes place in the calm waters of the Calibogue Sound. We always look for the calmest water so seasickness is extraordinarily rare!

Can we take pictures and video?

Absolutely! We encourage it and even give you a couple of great photo-ops during the trip. If possible we would love it if you post to our Facebook page or Tripadvisor. We may even have a nifty photo folder for sale at the booth.

Do you sell Gift Cards?

Absolutely! Click here to order online

Some of Our Most Recent Reviews

“One of the best experiences for children 3-9 years of age”
A great 2 hour experience to engage the grandchildren ! Clearly the best treat for this age group on the Island...action,action and more action on the water and very attentive staff and crew will make this the highlight of the trip to Hilton Head for the children...soak stinky Pete...Makes ‘em feel like real pirates...
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed
“Highlight of our trip”
Our grandson, almost 3, and our 51/2 year old granddaughter had a fabulous time! The face paint, tattoo, and vests set the tone for a great adventure on the Black Dagger pirate ship! Pirate Squirt was great with the kids and made them all feel a part of the experience. The kids loved squirting Stinky Pete. The kids will be talking about the pirate adventure for a long time. Definitely the highlight of our trip!! Thank you crew!
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed
“Pirates of HHI — the BEST 2 hours of our trip!”
My son, 61/2 had the best time; the team did a great job... All the kids felt part of the crew and each had a chance to spray water at Stinky Pete! My son has been talking about our adventure and drinking grog since last week! Well worth the money!
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013
“Great entertainment for children!”
This is the first time I have ever been moved to write a review of anything...the pirate cruise was that good! Definitely recommend. They even let us move our reservation to another day with no hassle at all because we had a sick child.
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013
“Our 4yr old son had a blast!”
Our son is still talking about the pirate ship and asking when he can go back. It was very well done....not hokey at all. The crew does an excellent job and keep the kids entertained. The best part was shooting stinky pete...and looking for the treasure and pulling it up out of the water. Definitely worth every penny!
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013
“Best time!”
This was by far the highlight of our family vacation and the activity my 5 year old was most looking forward to! The staff was amazing and the adventure was a great time. Definitely recommend for families with young children. You will not be disappointed!
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile
“Best Activity for Kids”
This is by far the best kids activity on or near Hilton Head. We had a blast and my 2 & 4 year old are still talking about it. Must do!
— 5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Contact Us Today!


The Black Dagger is docked at the commercial pier in Harbour Town right under the lighthouse, in the world renowned Sea Pines resort. You’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Harbour Town, so if you haven’t been here before, you should leave plenty of time to explore. With over two dozen shops, galleries and numerous restaurants and special events, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy for days. For a complete list of shops and restaurants visit


149 Lighthouse Rd, Suite P
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Sea Pines

Sea Pines Resort, a beautiful 5,000 acre, ocean-front retreat is Hilton Heads finest. Restaurants, shopping, water-sports, golf, world class accommodations and more can all be found within the gates of Sea Pines. There is a $8 per car charge to enter Sea Pines.


Parking is available right next to the boat, however it can be crowded at times. We recommend you take advantage of the Harbour Town Trolley. You can catch it at the Greenwood Drive Lot, just inside the entrance to Sea Pines. The Trolley runs every 20 minutes.

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