Reviews


Can't wait to go back on vacation and take this tour again! Our kids and us had a blast ,best boat tour by far! Saw lots of dolphins and found lots of great shells. Also got to see a sting ray while we were searching for shells. Lots of great history to learn on this tour as well. Thanks for all the great memories Rover Tours, see y'all next time.. Tennessee vols fan                                                                                                               Robert H

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— Jonathan L.

Leave the hotels and crowded beaches behind. Take your family on an amazing adventure that they will never forget. North Island is what South Carolina is really about. Even this local enjoyed getting away from it all.                                                                                                             Gill F

Just wanted to let you guys know this. Me and my family stopped by Georgetown last summer on vacation and took your tour and loved it!!!! This year we are in Florida and went on another boat tour and it may have been good had we not went on yours but yours blew it out of the water!! There were signs on their boat that said a 15-20% tip is customary when we paid they mentioned a tip was customary.. With you guys the experience was much more down to earth you let my little brother drive the boat I mean you guys may have the best boat tour in the country as far as I’m concerned. These people were all about the money and nothing more the whole tour was rushed they just wanted rid of everyone.
— Brandon E

Don't miss having the opportunity to explore North Island, see the Georgetown Lighthouse, and view gorgeous former rice fields.
The tour guide is awesome and the driver was too- we have lived here over thirty years and learned a ton of stuff we never knew.
We saw sturgeon jumping out of the water and a bunch of dolphins too. Don't think twice- this is a terrific experience.                                Diane S

My family really enjoyed your tour. My husband and I and son and nephew will do this again. This was our 3rd tour to shell island, first one with Rover. Lucy was very nice and interesting to talk to. My son and nephew are 8yrs.old and never complained at all. They are excited to see thier pictures. My nehew steered the boat with John and enjoyed it. Thank you !!
— Maria S

This was the perfect escape from reality. While on a family vacation to Myrtle Beach, we drove down to Georgetown to take the tour to North Island. The staff are friendly and kind and very informative. You not only take a peaceful beautiful ride on Winyah Bay, but also learn about the history of the area. You also learn about different shells you might find on the island. I didn't know what to expect being my first trip so next time I will bring water and snacks. They did provide water for $1 a bottle, which is reasonable. We got pretty hungry on the ride back. The island was amazing. It was the escape from reality I was hoping for on my vacation. I never picked up a shell the whole time I was there. I was taking in the view, the sounds and watching my kids play in the ocean. One of my kids saw a string ray. After an hour or so it was time to head back. On our way the captain gave us time to photograph the lighthouse. We also saw dolphins and the captain turned off the engine so we could watch them and take photos and videos. North Island was definitely the highlight of my vacation. Go online and make your reservations!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nancy K

I spent the last day of my vacation on this tour with my daughter and son-in-law. We found awesome shells, got some fantastic photos, learned so much about the history of the area. I had the time of my life. It is definitely on my “to do” list for my next visit. Washington State is a long ways from Georgetown so it will be awhile, but it will happen again. Thank you, Rover Tours, for an absolutely awesome afternoon!
— Wanda C

Husband and I have always wanted to take this tour whenever we visited Georgetown but always ran out of time. Made the tour a priority for this trip and were not disappointed. Captain and the First Mate / Guide were great and we enjoyed every minute of the tour. Found a very nice horse conch shell, took great pictures of us sitting on the driftwood and very much enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the tour.           Kathy W

What a wonderful trip! Our tour guide Lucy was so informative. She taught us things I didn’t know about the area from rice plantations to the sinking of a union ship. The tips about finding shells was excellent. My husband found a beautiful large conch shell. I could go on and on. This is one of those trips we will make regularly! Thank you Lucy and Captain you were both outstanding
— Carla N Frank K

This was a really a fun and interesting tour thanks to our guide Ellie. As we were motoring to North Island (I think it should be renamed Sculpture Tree Island) Ellie filled us in with facts about the area's history, the people who settled in Georgetown and the waters that surround this area. The barrier island that we arrived at was beautiful and looking for shells was extremely fun although I was kind of unsuccessful (others were not). I loved all the trees that had fallen and were totally bleached white by the sun and elements.
You definitely need to bring water, sun screen and hat. The day we were there it was extremely hot and you can not really take a swim as the currents are strong.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Deb D

I/We are Rover Repeaters and love the boat ride, history lesson and visiting North Island. I would do it every day, just to relax on the pontoon and hang out at the Island. Cost is a bargain; captain and tour guides are great at what they do. Definitely a tour to take visitors on; they will be impressed !
— Joan H

My family and I highly recommend this tour. You need to book early, either online or call and talk to the lovely people who run this tour because it is so popular. This company does what they do because of their love of the ocean, nature, history, and people. Do your homework and read their website before you take the trip to be prepared. They are very prompt. In fact we left a little before our allotted time since we were all aboard. The crew was very courteous and helpful with the young and older people on the tour. They pointed out all the rich history of the area on the way to the Northern Island. They showed us all the items that could be collected and told stories of what other travelers have found. On the island they showed us the best places to look for what we wanted, took pictures, carried bags of shells if needed, took our pictures, and above all let us explore and have fun with our families. They suggest bringing sturdy bags for collecting, shoes that would get wet from the water, hats, sunscreen, appropriate clothes, snacks, and water. Don't worry if you forget water, they sell cold bottles on the boat and constantly remind you to stay hydrated. This is how much they care about the people and are not in this for the money. They want repeat customers and my family and I will be one of them. Until next time.                                                                                                                     Barbara V.

We toured on May 28! It was amazing! Dolphins right beside the boat in the water, 36 gorgeous shells in all on our hunt, beautiful scenery, and lots of history! Highly recommend this tour, for all ages!
— Cory B

A beautiful boat ride filled with history of the area. North island is gorgeous for the photographers and nature lovers alike. And for sea shell lovers, you will not be disappointed! Fun for all ages! I highly recommend!!                                                                                                               Sybil W

My husband and I took the tour 6/14 and had a wonderful time. Your guide is funny, she gives you a great history lesson along the way, and you have so much fun shelling on North Island. She gives you great tips on how to find the best shells, the Captain is nice & lets the children drive the boat. They make it a great family experience, it is well worth the money. I can’t wait to come back next year and bring all of our kids!
— Lisha K

I've lived here 31 years and spend a lot of time on the waters around here. I learned things I did not know today. Great job guys!
The boat is very comfortable and the tour is definitely worth it. Just go.                                                                                                                    Karen V

Five stars to Rover Tours. What a fantastic day of sight seeing and shelling with an informed and attentive crew. Paige and Captain John were especially kind to the seven grandchildren we toured with, making several magical moments they will remember for years to come. Thank you so much.
— Shelley A

This is one of the best tours that I've done from Maine to Florida and it's right here in "my own back yard!" The crew was excellent with Luci giving a wealth of historical & ecological knowledge and Capt. David providing a smooth trip which provided all passengers an optimum view. Loved how the crew paid attention to all passengers and encouraged the kids to come to the wheel to drive the boat. Got to see horseshoe crabs along the shallow areas of the beach and found lots of beautiful shells & driftwood. Thanks for providing folks with the opportunity to see how wonderful the SC coastal region is. Don't miss doing this tour!!                                                                                                                 Sara Ann

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— Claire C.

We absolutely loved our 5:00pm Rover Shelling & Lighthouse cruise! My granddaughter now has shelling fever like me!! The beach was perfect and we found lots of great shells (whelk, large cockles, Sharks Eye, etc...) and even a jawbone from a dolphin. We saw a beautiful rainbow going out to North Island and a gorgeous sunset coming back in!                                                                                                                                           Chris F

This trip is a steal for anyone, and a romantic sunset cruise for couples. This cruise shows you the water in Georgetown, then cruises out to the island at the mouth of Winyah Bay on the Atlantic. Great narration and history lesson, plus Bald Eagles, Dolphins, and sea life on our cruise. They give you an hour to stroll the island and collect shells. We brought a picnic. The ride back is done at sunset and was exceptional. Great folks, fun trip. Worth the money! Oh yes, there IS a potty on the boat, and you can buy water onboard too.
— Marc

The highlight of our vacation so far!! The crew was absolutely fabulous with the kids on board, very educational & the dolphin sighting was a dream come true! Shelling on North Island was an experience we will never forget!!                                                                                               Nikki K

What a great trip we had. We saw dolphins up close to the boat. North Island was great for shell hunters. I could not ask for a better trip. WE WILL DEFINITELY DO THIS AGAIN.
— Mary P

Been on the tour 3 times, a wonderful experience every time....Highly recommend this experience...
Learn history, enjoy a boat ride , see dolphins , alligators, eagles, Georgetown lighthouse, and lots of shells ..
The captains and staff are very nice as well.                                                                                                                                                                     Anita M

This was a fantastic trip. I’m so glad we did it. The nature was fantastic and the information passed on was phenomenal. Thanks to both Ellie and the Capt and all the crew on the shore that made this a great day.
— Robert M

Surprised my 10yr old with a trip to Georgetown for her birthday. Dolphins, bald eagles, great shells, historical info, and a hermit crab....what's not to like about that? I recommend this tour to anyone looking to do something different on a trip to Georgetown. We will be doing the tour again! We loved it!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Heather G

We gave the kids a choice.... Boat tour or zip lining. They said they made the right pick! We had a blast learning new things and seeing new places. We brought out grandson with us and he is special needs and they did a great job with him. We are all about inclusion and you all did great. Thank you for what you did for him (you may not have known it but all you did made him one happy little boy)
— Robin D

The rover tour was the highlight of my vacation. I would definitely recommend this to anyone coming to Myrtle beach this summer. It's definitely worth the drive to Georgetown.                                                                                                                                                                     Regina O.

The most AMAZING EXPERIENCE in my ten years of vacationing in Myrtle Beach..we found tons of large whelk shells, three starfish, a giant horseshoe crab, coral and saw a school of dolphins within ten feet of the boat. I cannot recommend this experience enough. Thank you for priceless memories!!
— Jill S

My family and I took this tour on June 23rd and had so much fun. We were able to find and take home a knobbed whelk and many other assorted shells. Thank you so much for making our trip one to remember. We will definitely be back on our next visit to Myrtle Beach!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Natasha M

Definitely worth the price and hour drive from Myrtle Beach. Great history on the area that we had never heard before. Nature at it’s finest, even with boatloads of people combing the sand for shell treasures. Would go again!
— Terry M

This was an excellent experience and I recommend it for everyone. I went for the light house and my wife for the shell collection and we were not disappointed. We also had a bonus seeing Dolphins and my favorite the Bald Eagles. Remember to bring a camera. I was in the front of the boat and every time I looked back every person had a big smile on their face. Book your trip now.                                                                     David S

We took a 10 day RV trip through 5 states stopping along the way. We stopped to take your tour to break up a days travel and your boat tour was a trip favorite for the whole family. It was well organized, enjoyable and very educational. Garrett was an amazing guide with a wealth a information on his home town. His passion pours out and he is an exceptional young man who can interact with all ages! John (?) was a great driver, informative as well, and so sweet to the children. He went out of his way to make them feel special. The whelks we found are our most prized treasures from our whole trip. Keep up the good work and thank you again for a wonderful time.
— Kimber C