Learn about crabs and crabbing from local experts
The Outside Crabbing Experience
Departing from Palmetto Bluff, this crabbing adventure is offered as a private charter for up to 10 people. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride to the bountiful crabbing grounds where your captain will teach you the art of crabbing with a ring net. Easy to learn and easy to catch, you’ll have a bushel full of Eastern blue crabs before you know it. Any crabs caught that meet legal fishery requirements are yours to keep. The trip is two hours or longer. Starting at $495.
Spend your morning searching for and learning about the crabs of Hilton Head Island with this event hosted by Sea Pines Resort. Discover other beach creatures along the shore while trying the art of cast netting. Supplies provided; catch and release. 9-10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $18 for adults and $13 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations required. For more information, call 843-842-1979 or go to seapines.com.
Blue Crab Discovery
The Coastal Discovery Museum hosts Blue Crab Discovery at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. As you visit the museum on Jarvis Creek, you will learn about the lifecycle and importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab. Participants in the program will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting. The program is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 4-12) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.
Harbour Town Crabbing Cruise
Join the crew aboard the Tammy Jane for a Harbour Town Crabbing Cruise. This trip is fun and educational for all ages. Learn about the crabbing, fishing, and shrimping industry on Hilton Head Island and in the Lowcountry. Participate in pulling up a crab pot with the crew, and sorting out the day’s catch. Learn about the local crabs, and their lifecycle from start to finish. Offered through Vagabond Cruise. The cost is $39.95 for adults and $25 for children. For more information, call 843-363-9026 or go online to vagabondcruise.com.
Crabber J II
After a short cruise from Shelter Cove Harbour, the Crabber J anchors up in the shallow saltwater marshes of Broad Creek. Each passenger is supplied with their own crabbing equipment. Whoever catches the most crabs by the time the bell rings wins an official Crabber J T-shirt. The cost is $22 for adults and $16 for children 12 and younger. Reservations required. For more information, call 843-422-5110 or go to cruisehiltonhead.com.
Learn to fish and crab with Mr. Ben Green
Learn to fish and crab and experience the living history and Gullah culture of Hilton Head Island each week with Mr. Ben Green on Saturdays at the Rowing and Sailing Center off Squire Pope Road. Volunteers are on-site to teach cast net throwing, fishing and other skills. All equipment is provided. Free and open to everyone. Donations of bait and line are always accepted. For more information, find “Learn to Fish and Crab with Mr. Ben Green” on Facebook.