• 14 Years of Turtle Nests on Hilton Head Island

    If you have been lucky enough to be on the beach at Hilton Head Island during the summer, you have probably seen the flagged sea turtle nests. If you have been very lucky, you have even seen a turtle heading back into the ocean after a hard night of egg-laying. And if you have been extremely lucky, you have had the opportunity to see baby turtles scurrying toward the water. Each year, turtles make their way to Hilton Head Island to lay their eggs. We have been tracking the counts using data from the wonderful folks at www.seaturtle.org, and are very happy to say that it looks like the number…

  • Two baby Eagles on Hilton Head – Watch the webcam!

    Occasional visitors would be surprised to learn that Hilton Head Island is a wonderful place to see Bald Eagles in the wild. But if you look carefully at the power poles that run alongside the bridges as you cross onto the island, you are likely to see one or more eagles surveying the surrounding water. And now we have two more! On December 27, 2021, the two eggs in one of the nests hatched. Lucky for us, this is the one nest on HHI that has a 24-hour webcam, so anyone who wants can take a peek at the babies as they grow. And they grow fast. The parents will…

  • 2021 Turtles are Hatching

    Right on schedule, the 2021 baby turtles are making their way from Hilton Head beaches back into the surf. An estimated total of 79 new Loggerheads have hatched and made it to the ocean. That number will increase significantly over the next few months, probably ending up close to 20,000. Unfortunately, it appears that 2021 will be a slightly below average year for nests on HHI. Over the past ten years, an average of 309 Loggerhead turtles have made nests on our beaches each summer, producing an average of 21,000 Loggerhead babies. As of July 21 we have seen 244 new nests, and while already above the 2018 total of…

  • 12 foot Great White visits Hilton Head

    Each year, Great White sharks migrate from the cold waters of New England to warmer waters south. It wasn’t until 2014 that there was proof that these giant creatures passed by Hilton Head Island. That is when local Chip Michalove started catching, tagging, and releasing the sharks a few miles offshore. From December to February Great Whites can be found if you know where to look – and Chip certainly does. He has landed over 30 of them, and about as many have gotten away before he was able to reel them in. This particular 12 foot, 1,000 pound Great White was caught in early February 2021 and was fitted…

  • The 25 Best Island Beaches in the World

    The traveler site CondĂ© Nast just released the results of their 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, and we were not that surprised to see that Hilton Head Island made the list. It was surprising to discover that it ranked thirteenth, coming in ahead of incredible spots like Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda, Sunset Beach on Oahu, and even the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands. They list Hilton Head as a “firm family favorite, with a full 12 miles of wide, empty beach (perfect for long bike rides).” They also mention Coligny Beach, an area just a little south of Captains Walk, as a full-service place, with food…