Details for Shelter Cove Marina

Shelter Cove Marina

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 37 reviews

Address 1 Shelter Cove Lane or PO Box 5628
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


After hours contact

Jason Wheeler, Dockmaster 706-817-2265

Pro-Op message

Hurricane Matthew Update

The marina came through the storm with some damage but is open and currently accepting transient boats 50 feet or less. As of 10/13, there is no power at the store but is power at some of the docks. Work is ongoing to fix the damage. If you are looking for transient dockage please call us and we will try to accommodate you.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Jason Wheeler

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. (Amex cannot be used for automated billing.)

Payment discounts

ActiveCaptain discounts and marina life.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Approach Broad Creek from Calibogue Sound by leaving ICW Marker #1 to port. Proceed north and then east up Broad Creek, following the well-marked, deep-water channel (12 feet at mean low water) to Markers #18 and #19. Go between the markers and proceed up the channel to Marker #22, which is located at the beginning of the marina. There is at least nine feet of water in the channel.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: With rubber protection guards.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 20
Total: 170
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2016-05-06)

Other price info: For daily it is $2.50 per foot per day (electric included).
For weekly it is $1.50 per foot per day (electric not included).
For two weeks it is $1.00 per foot per day (electric not included).
There is a 30 foot minimum.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: $30 per week for 30 amp.
$60 per week for 50 amp.
$125 per week for 100 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Time Warner Full Basic Cable Included.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - Available from Hargray Telephone.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included, great pressure but water is hard.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: .


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Plenty of areas to walk the dog.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free of charge, located at the fuel dock.


Yes - Available at Ship's Store.


Yes - Trash and recycling cans are at the head of each dock.


Yes - Clean Showers at the Ship's Store.


Yes - Heads at the Ship's Store and at various places around the marina.


Yes - 3 washers and 3 dryers. Free of charge.


Yes - Limited grocery items are available at the Ship Store. Krogers is a mile away.


Yes - They sell marine hardware and if they dont have it in stock they can have it the next day at no shipping cost.


Yes - Many nearby.


Yes - There are a variety of restaurants and bars located in the marina.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Villas on the Harbour and Hotels across the street in Palmetto Dunes Resort.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service, contact Dockmaster Jason ( for more information.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

No - Public Storage is close by, ask Dockmaster Jason for more information.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Tackle, rods, reels, and frozen bait are available.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charters, sailing charter, tours, boat rentals, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi through out the marina.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Free concierge, ask Dockmaster Jason. Free summer shuttle bus inside the resort. Airport nearby. Rental cars. Bike rentals.

Other services

Free use of propane grill, ask Dockmaster Jason for more information.


Summer Fireworks every Tuesday night at 9 pm.
Live Music almost every night.
Beach access.
Many shops and restraunts along the marina.

Reviews for Shelter Cove Marina
Excellent Marina, 2016-08-24
Captain: , Red Bank NJ (10)

We really enjoy the facilities and hospitality at Shelter Cove, Jason and his team have done a great job making us feel right at home, we enjoy all the great restaurants within walking distance from the boat, and the short bike ride to the wonderful beach. We can't wait to get back, and we have even extended our stay for an extra month or so. Dont miss this one... Ken Ryan

Awesome place!, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Hilton Head Island SC (10)

Have been boating for over 40 yrs from the Florida Keys to Canada and Shelter Cove is one of the best places to be. Dockmaster Jason Wheeler is superb: knowlegble, friendly, responsive and extremenly profressional ... one of the best I've experienced! The marina is surrounded by terrific amenities and features a beautful setting. The staff is most supportive and and the facilities are top notch ...

Good Marina, 2016-06-16
Captain: , Aiken (30)

I kept my boat here for several years before moving it to Charleston. The marina was always very clean safe a secure. I didnt have a lot of interaction with the personnel there until my boat caught fire a year and a half ago. Jason responded quickly and secured my boat until I arrived from out of town. There is a very long no wake zone to get in and out of this marina, but once you arrive, everything you need is there.

what a great place, 2016-06-11
Captain: , Lighthouse Point, Fl (280)

SAFERETURNS 65ft Fairline
We have been slowly traveling up the intracoastal from south Florida and I have to say this has been our nicest stop to date. Jason the dock master has been just great along with the ladies and gentlemen in the ships store. Jason not only gave us the tour of the marina but also gave us his cell. He sent a golf cart down to pick us up so we could do laundry. Oh free laundry as well. There are 7 restaurants within a football field of our dock!!!

There is a free shuttle to take you around to another bunch of resturants as well as 3 golf courses. This is really Hilton Head at its finest. And when you have a marina staff that works as hard as these peeps all I can say is thank you for making our time great

Good as it gets, 2016-06-06
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (131)

We are a week into our summer stay at Shelter Cove and already we can see this is one of the best marinas we have encountered on the east coast. Jason (Dockmaster) and his staff are friendly and on top of all the details. Docks and facilities are in great shape, current is minimal and docks are well laid out. Plenty of routine maintenance service is available and the 'village' surrounding the marina has restaurants and shopping with grocery and west marine within a mile. Kayak, paddleboard and bikes are all available to rent on site. Cable TV on dock and free washer / dryer for guest use. Fuel dock and pump out have easy access. Also great spot to have visitors with condos available to rent within 100 yards of the marina. All in all a solid 5 star resort / marina... Would be a 6 if the scale went that high!

Worth the trip off the ICW!, 2016-04-28
Captain: , Occoquan VA (60)

My wife and I were looking for the best place to stay on our boat on Hilton Head Island for the winter. We checked out every marina that would take our large trawler and settled on Shelter Cove Marina because of the convenience of the nearby grocery store, numerous fine restaurants that were open year round, and the ease of getting to the central places on the island. We checked the Active Captain reports on Shelter Cove Marina and there weren?t a lot of previous reports that you could confidently decide to stay there with. But after talking to a few people and driving down to visit them all in person, we decided to take a shot and we are happy we did. We spent six months there on and off the boat and could not have been happier with Jason Wheeler (dock master) and the staff at the marina. I needed some work done and Jason coordinated it with me, I needed some washings done which he took charge of and helped see to it and when I needed some extra work that took a fair amount of effort and coordination Jason was helpful in letting me know when that work got started and when people were working on the boat when I was not there. So certainly come to Shelter Cove Marina for the convenience, the central location, the restaurants, the convenience of the new beautiful Kroger grocery store, but be welcomed home by the staff led by Jason Wheeler and know that you will have made the right choice.

To give you an example of great service, we were going to be leaving early in the morning and I decided not to move the boat the previous day to get a pump out and I told Jason that. Unbeknownst to me he made arrangements with local pumpout boat to come and pump out my boat, saving me a lot of time and hassle. That is the type of support I?ve come to expect from Shelter Cove, and it is why we renewed to come back to the marina next winter.

We are in love with Shelter Cove, 2016-04-27
Captain: , Denver, CO (22)

This is the best marina we have ever kept our boat in. The docks are kept spotless and the internet and cable are very good. It is just the right size and it is so fun to have the restaurants and shops so close by. We ride our bikes everywhere as there is a great grocery store nearby and a Belks. The service here is phenomenal. They have a dockmaster who is extraordinary, Jason Wheeler. He has an app that knows when we leave and when we return and is always waiting to catch a line. They deliver our amazon packages to our boat, bring us ice if we need it and watch the boat very, very carefully if we are gone. Jason watches over all of the work that gets done on this boat. We are in love with this marina and Jason.

Shelter Cove Competes for BEST on East Coast, 2016-04-25
Captain: , Greenwich Bay, RI (111)

I have run 3 different vessels up and down the east coast over the last 10 years, from the Bay of Fundy to Turks & Caicos. We typically stay in New England in the Summer and Florida or Bahamas in the Winter. This year we decided to change it up and stay in Hilton Head where we have some investment properties. We looked at a number of HH marinas and chose Shelter Cove after working with Jason over the phone. Our experience has been that most marinas will give you a good "Sales Pitch" and when you arrive, service is a crap-shoot.

My wife and I have been thrilled with Shelter Cove and the Services that Jason Wheeler Manages for us. From weekly boat washing, HVAC issues, bottom cleaning, he handles the managment of your vessel. He is currently overseeing varnish work and some deck repairs for us this spring. We are so thrilled with this marina that we just bought a condo overseeing the marina. Whether it is an overnight stay, or a seasonal slip, I believe you will find no better service on the east coast.

Great People/Facility/Service, 2016-03-31
Captain: , Philadelphia (10)

Dockmaster Jason Wheeler is the best friend your family and boat could ever have. He gets the concept that marina success is about satisfying boat owners first and foremost. We interviewed three facilities on HHI for long term dockage with Jason promising to out service the others, having used both the north and south docks as convenient transient dockage. After a two week stay, his commitment to our experience far exceeded any expectations. He is always on the docks looking to help for any need be it boat, activity, supplies, just name it! The facility itself is quiet, deep at our slip, convenient with central island location, excellent restaurants and shopping a short walk away, even a free huge laundry facility. Jason is now managing service projects while we are ashore and is in constant contact on progress status. Looking forward to return and most satisfied with SC as our choice.

Keeps on getting better, 2016-03-18
Captain: , Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH (300)

Shelter Cove, considered by many to be the premier marina within 30 miles, is again working to improve the boating experience. They are currently in the propress of installing new electric posts on selected docks. The marina and surrounding area typifies the meaning of Location, Location, Location. This is why we are long term live aboard.

great spot with great service, 2016-01-08
Captain: , Sag Harbor, NY (10)

Shelter Cove has excellent amenities and is well suited to yachts up to 100' or more. It is definitely worth the detour off ICW: many good restaurants, excellent docks, bicycle, kayak and small boat rentals.

The service here is exceptional. Dockmaster Jason Wheeler is knowledgable, efficient and super accommodating. I am a professional delivery captain and plan to make this a regular stop en route to and from Southern Florida and the Bahamas.

Top notch in every respect!, 2015-11-28
Captain: , Shelter Cove Marina (20)

We just completed a trip bringing our boat from Chattanooga, TN to our new home away from home at Shelter Cover Marina in Hilton Head. Over the six week journey (with a couple of weeks off here and there) we stayed at literally dozens of marinas on the Florida panhandle, the Gulf Coast and the East Coast. We stayed in some newer marinas, some on the blue green waters of the Gulf, some closer to the keys, some that are even ranked as ?the finest? or ?the best? by this ranking or rating service or another - but in our view none that offer the full range of amenities, location and service we discovered at Shelter Cover

Not only is Shelter Cover just that - ?sheltered? and protected from the wind, it is so incredibly convenient for those who like to walk or bike. Six or seven great bars and/or restaurants right in the marina, a short bike ride to a brand new mega Kroger and even more shops, bars and restaurants - another short bike ride to either Fresh Market or Whole Foods, even a liquor store and a West Marine. It?s about a mile and half bike ride to a dog friendly beach. Hilton Head has bike paths everywhere!

Location and amenities aside, the best thing we?ve found about Shelter Cove thus far is the service. Jason Wheeler has been amazing from the time we first visited the marina and reserved a slip almost a year ago. He helped us find the perfect slip for our boat, even helped us arrange for dedicated internet installation while were away for Thanksgiving. When we needed a captain to help us make the last leg of the trip in rough seas, he found a great, experienced local captain who was familiar with the AICW to help bypass the rough conditions.

Jason has gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome and at home. So far we couldn?t be happier about our decision to make the long journey from Chattanooga to Hilton Head and Shelter Cove. We highly recommend Shelter Cover for permanent dockage, and I couldn?t image a better place for a transient stay.

WOW!!! What a great Place, 2015-11-24
Captain: , Waterloo, New York (10)

We decided to go to Shelter Cove because we talked with the harbormaster and he said the word service three times. The marina is a good long ways off the sound but it is well worth it. It is close to wonderful shopping, and resturants. The place is clean and well maintained. There is even free laundry. This is by far the best marina we have been in over the last 53 days on the water. The harbormaster, Jason Wheeler, is a very talented and hard working guy and everything he said was true and accurate.

Excellent Marina, 2015-11-23
Captain: , Hilton Head Island S.C. (35)

We signed a 1 year stay at the marina with Jason. He showed us around and made us feel very welcome. The staff is great and they are always looking to improve there service to the customer. Jason is always there to help out in any way he can. Highly recommended to stay for a short or extended stay.

We liked it so much..., 2015-11-11
Captain: , Boston, MA (35)

We decided to make Shelter Cove our base for the next 12 months and signed a long term dock agreement today. We met with Jason Wheeler who gave us a great rate matching the rate from the Marina we had intended to stay at in Georgia. Jason showed us around taking us out in his skiff to see our slip and other slips that were available. There is shopping and restaurants right at the Marina and Whole Foods and Kroger are a few blocks away. Hilton Head has bike paths all over the island which we love, and of course beautiful beaches and fantastic dining. We feel Shelter Cove meets our needs and more as we plan to leave the boat there for a 6 month European trip next year and Jason assured us that we could have any boat service necessary such as checking the interior of the boat weekly, bottom scrubbing etc taken care of while we were gone. We look forward to our time there and move into our slip tomorrow after 3 months and over 1200 miles of cruising the East Coast and ICW.

Shelter Ccove Marina HHSC, 2015-10-20
Captain: , Sandwich (692)

Now under new management and all for the better Shelter Cove Marina is worth the 3-mile trip up Broad Creek. Cleaner bath facilities, new no-coins needed washers/dryers and a management team aimed to please! Located amidst condos, retail shops, multiple restaurants and entertainment. Thursday's brings live bands, food, drink, and dancing. The Shops at Shelter Cove has huge Kroger Supermarket, Whole Foods, TJMaxx along with mix retail/restaurant. Tuesday's is Farmer's Market days. Walk/bike paths wind around the entire complex. Atlantic Ocean beaches within an easy mile walk. Courtesy vans will take you anywhere within the Palmetto Dunes resort complex.

Great Marina!, 2015-10-15
Captain: , Charleston, SC (74)

We found Shelter Cove to live up to its name. We arrived 9/30/15, day before hurricane Joaquin & had no worries. The current inside the marina is very mild, making docking a pleasure- not to mention kayaking. Jason is a great dock master & made us feel welcome. We were the first ones to use the new free washers & dryers, a big plus! We took advantage of the Happy Hour at the many restaurants surrounding the marina during our 2 week stay. We look forward to making a return trip to Shelter Cove Marina.

Great Marina, 2015-10-08
Captain: , Washington, NC (30)

Nice docks, and the staff is helpful. New shopping facilities within walking distance including a large Kroger.

Nice place to spend a week, 2015-05-13
Captain: , New York (241)

Stayed here during the 2015 Heritage Golf Tournament. Nice large marina with very friendly staff.
Several nice resturants, well protected marina, nice dock mates as well. The inner docks get shallow on low tides so try to get an outer one.
Only con was ridiculously expensive fuel. I made a 20 minuite trip up the island and saved almost $1 a gallon

great location, 2014-03-08
Captain: , palm harbor (160)

We spent 3 months here this winter and really enjoyed our stay. This marina is a bit away from the sound but it is protected and we felt that the boat was plenty safe in this protected marina. Tommy, Pam and Ron at the harbormasters office made us feel like part of the family and were very helpful. The docks are in great shape with 30/50 elec, water and cable at the dock. There is some skinny water on entrance in low tide and at negative lows we were sitting on our bottom in the slip. There are lots of condos and a disney resort surrounding the marina but during the winter it was very quiet. You will get a pass from the harbor master that allows you access to Palmetto Dunes across the street which has golf courses, restaurants, beach and is a large amount of bike trails. Just a note the WiFi here is pretty bad consider alternate method. verizon service is 4 bars. We will return.

So far so good., 2013-11-18
Captain: , Galena, MD (80)

We came in yesterday at 1 1/2 hours after low tide. We had at least 10 feet of water to markers 18 and 19 and then no less than 6 feet into the marina. We are staying for the winter and staff is very helpful.

Amazing Marina but don't arrive at dead low tide!, 2013-09-13
Captain: , Charleston, SC (75)

We got a late start mad thus arrived way later than planned. As we rounded the last marker (identifying the entry to the marina) the low water alarms started going off. We draft 3.5 feet and I think I actually saw below 4'! We spent a few hours out in the channel waiting for the tide to rise so we could get in.

Fun For A Weekend, 2013-06-30
Captain: , Beaufort, S.C. (570)

Shelter Cove Marina is tucked into a small shopping center/condo complex. There are a number of boutiques to browse as well as several restaurants. Hilton Head Island Arts Center is across the parking lot. Broadway style productions are staged at the theatre several times a year. Advance tickets ( are needed as they sell out regularly. There is a bike path that leads under the main road providing access to walking & biking trails. It is about a 20-minute bike ride to the beach.
As noted by other reviewers entrance can be shallow. It is helpful to come in on a rising tide. Our boat draws 4 feet.

Shallow Entrance Today!, 2012-12-11
Captain: , Roseville, MN (362)

Tried to get into here today but depth meter was saying 3.5 ft. This was after buoys 18 and 19. Was slightly rising tide. No desire to run aground. Was shallow water beyond R8. Green 13 was missing. These are private aids. They were kind in recommending another marina.

Nice marina, but spread out, 2012-11-23
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1214)

The marina as with most Disney facilities was clean and nice. My only reservations were the need to use the condo association's public rest rooms which were always very clean depending on time of day and the long walk if you wanted to use a shower.

Great Restaurants close by, 2012-07-15
Captain: , Palm Coast FL (20)

Six restaurants in the complex around the marina, all pretty good. Muscians outside in several restaurants. Free shuttle service to grocery, beach and almost to West Marine. Friendly staff, clean shower and restrooms. The marina rates make more sense to stay for two weeks instead of four days. Very protected marina and docks in good shape. You have to share parking places with Disney Time Share so a pain if you have a car. Great Fireworks every Tuesday.

Nice facility, but a ways up the river with no wakes, 2012-07-09
Captain: , Charlotte Harbor, FL (1548)

I think that this is a nice stop. Fireworks on tuesday nights in the summer. Shopping and restaurants nearby. Can bike to the beach.
Official pool sucked though and was a long way away.

Nice Facilities and well protected Marina, 2011-11-02
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (675)

Most expensive and least freindly Marina I stayed at in a trip from NC to FL. Facilities are great but local satff pretty cold. Not very helpful in getting a ride to West Marie for a part I needed. Just not real welcoming.

Great place to leave a boat, 2011-02-24
Captain: , Bristol, RI (766)

We left the boat here for two months with occasional visiits. Extremely well protected. Squeaky clean. Lots of restaurants on the docks.(although most close in the January and early February). Many, many restaurants within three miles or so.

This is a very big condo/timeshare complex that is mostly empty off season. Rental cars are also cheap off season and the Hilton Head airport is 10 minutes a day. All commercial flights are US Air to Charlotte. About six flights a day.

The marina office recommended a diver and a wax guy who both did great jobs at reasonable prices.

Very good Verizon signal and only so-so AT&T.

Great stop, 2011-01-29
Captain: , Savannah,GA (376)

Stayed here for New Year's Eve and the place is very nice. Great docks and staff. Very quite for the holiday but found some good food.

What a great place!, 2010-11-08
Captain: , Newport,RI (178)

Arrived for a week, staying the winter! Every thing so close. So many choices for Golf, if that is your thing. Marina staff, the best. Pam, dock master has been here for 22 years and is vast knowledge of all things needed in this area. Very protected, from all points of the compass. Walking and bike paths all over the place. So many biking paths, I thought I was in Holland again. If you like to bike, no need for a car to secure any thing or eat in 50 different places.

Easy beautiful walk to the beach (1.75 miles) on a "walking trail". Pool and tennis along the beach walk for marina users.

All and all, not more one could ask for.

Bob Wilkins
Ocean Rose
KKY 44-24

Hilton Head's 2nd best place, 2010-10-15
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Next to the extremely high priced Harbourtown, it is well worth the ride up the creek to here. They also are pricey, albiet not as bad as other places. West Marine is walkable from here, although a fair piece.

Great place to enjoy HHI, 2010-03-22
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

We have now stayed here for a total of three months, during two a two year period of cruising and have become very familiar with the area. This is a great location for anything that you want to do on HHI. For the majority of your activities, you will easily be able to walk or ride a bike on the protected and landscaped bike trails. This includes shopping of all types, church, movies, and even the airport (which is remarkably well-served by USAirways and Delta). The character of the marina compared to Harbortown is much more relaxed, residential and less touristy; yet there are shops here as well (and a mall and two very nice shopping centers nearby for the more serious shopping, including a West Marine). Restaurants of all varieties are also nearby (Charlie's for excellent food in an upscale setting; Smokehouse for great ribs, Sea Shack for the best Low Country food you'll have anywhere in a somewhat "Soup Nazi" atmosphere). The only negatives that prevent a five star rating: No courtesy car (though we rent using Priceline for $15/day); You'll be on the Disney side of the marina most likely and they do not let dogs there at all making for a 15 minute walk to do any dog "business"; Disney also will not let you park for more than 20 minutes at the dock also necessitating a very long walk (hey, walking is good for you!); and the pump out boat no longer comes here at all, so you must get underway for a pump out (and I highly recommend that you do it at high tide to somewhat shorten the time required). Finally, it is a good idea to watch the tides if you draw over 5 feet, as the low low can be less than six at various locations around the docks.

Excellent sheltered location, 2010-02-03
Captain: , Bermuda (219)

We stopped for one night and ended up coming back and leaving our boat here for the winter. The marina is very sheltered with good floating docks. Marina staff are experienced and helpful. Close to supermarkets and restaurants. Only thing missing is a swimming pool.

LUXURY MARINA, 2008-11-12
Captain: , Hollywood, MD (142)

A little (6 Miles) out of the way but 1st class marina. 4 or 5nice restaurants on marina walkway. Can be a long walk to showers/office. Public restrooms in several surrounding buildings. Total wind protection from all directions.

One of the best!, 2007-08-19
Captain: , Medina, OH (3)

I've been fortunate enough to spend a month or so here on the way south and on the way north each spring and fall and I love it. It is safe, sheltered, convenient and has very nice docks.

Shelter Cove Hilton Head, 2007-05-20
Captain: , Charleston, SC (14)

This is a great marina. Right in the middle of everything on the island. Great shops, restaurants, Music on the walk in evenings and bar's arond the Marina. I draw 5.5feet and had no problem with approach or entry.

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