There are lots of great reasons to try the popular watersport of paddleboarding in Hilton Head. It’s terrific exercise, working many different parts of the body, it’s a lot of fun and it’s a wonderfully peaceful way to see the beauty of Hilton Head Island.
Whether you choose to head out on your paddleboard on your own, with friends or family, or on our new guided paddleboard tours of Hilton Head, you’re sure to see some amazing sites, especially within the 11-mile inland lagoon system, which runs right behind our store and throughout Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
The lagoon is a quiet respite from the busyness of the beach. It’s surrounded by a hardwood maritime forest, which keeps the breezes to a minimum (very helpful when you’re first learning to paddleboard!) and creates a canopy of quiet. Also, only battery powered boats are allowed in the lagoon so as not to harm or scare off our wildlife.
Here are 5 beautiful sites you’ll likely encounter while paddleboarding the lagoon.
1) Majestic oaks with hanging moss – You may have palm trees on your mind because you’re at the beach, but throughout the lagoon and Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find gorgeous old oaks, with large sweeping branches and hanging moss. The limbs hang over the lagoon with the moss just over your head.
2) Birds galore – From cranes and the majestic blue heron to pelicans and seagulls, watch these winged creatures as they search for a meal, hang along on the shore or soar in the skies above you.
3) Otters – Wouldn’t you love to look down and see an otter swimming next to you? These whimsical creatures often swim up into the lagoon and there’s a good chance if you keep your eye out, you might just get to meet one!
4) Fish, fish and more fish – Our lagoon offers some of the best fishing in the U.S. It’s stocked with all sorts of fish from red fish and tarpon to trout and flounder. They’re all swimming underneath your board as you paddle along!
5) Alligator – You may not WANT to come across an alligator – and you probably won’t, as they don’t like saltwater and it’s a saltwater lagoon – but they are a wonderful creature to behold. If you do happen upon one, take a good look from a distance but leave them alone and go on about your merry way.
What wildlife have you come across in Hilton Head? What’s your favorite part about our lagoon system? Read more about Hilton Head wildlife in the Palmetto Dunes Fun in the Sun blog.
For more information about renting paddleboards or our new group paddleboard guided tours, visit us at www.hiltonheadoutfitters.com or call us at 866-650-4132.