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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Hilton Head Island, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Hilton Head Island...

Hilton Head Island is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Hilton Head Island varies dramatically year round. The temperature ranges from 11.2°C (52.2°F) in February up to 29°C (84.3°F) in the month of July, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 20°C (68°F) and the best time for water activities is summer, since Hilton Head Island is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Hilton Head Island?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Hilton Head Island is about:
22°C (72°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

There are not many surf spots in proximity to Hilton Head Island. The closest decent spot is Tybee pier, which is just 16.5km (20.7miles) away from Hilton Head Island. Click here for more information on Tybee pier and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Hilton Head Island are Edisto Beach, which is roughly 33.4km (20.7miles) away, and Folly Beach Pier, located 56.2km (34.9miles) from Hilton Head Island.

Are there any other beaches close by?

There are a few other beautiful beaches close to Hilton Head Island. The nearest one is Tybee Island, which is 15.9km (9.9miles) away from Hilton Head Island. Another fun beach near Hilton Head Island is Edisto Beach, which is approximately 30.4km (18.9miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit is needed for Hilton Head Island?

The sea temperature at Hilton Head Island is extremely warm, reaching up to 29°C (84°F) in the months of June, July, and August. During this time, in the summer, a wetsuit is typically not needed for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures reach lows of 11°C (52°F). During these months, a 4/3 wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for more than half an hour, but some people might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing close to Hilton Head Island?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, diving and fishing conditions alter a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 11 to 16°C (52-61°F) during January, February, and March. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions change during June, July, and August when water temperatures go up to 24 to 29°C (75-84°F). Fish which can often be found in waters with these temperatures include: Bonefish, Permit, Red Drum, and Tarpon.

Directions to Hilton Head Island: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Hilton Head Island...

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