Capt. Mikes Dolphin Tours Celebrates 20 Years on Tybee Island

Dolphin III at Cockspur Island Lighthouse
(Tybee Island, GA) – In a time when small businesses are finding it hard to stay open, one local business is gearing up to celebrate their 20th year.

Capt. Mike and Iris Scarbrough purchased their Tybee Island property in 1992, looking forward to leaving their hectic lives in Atlanta for peaceful Tybee, where they had spent every weekend and vacation for the previous five years. But starting their own business didn’t happen over night.

For the next four years, The Scarbroughs and their teenage daughter Lisa worked tirelessly to clean up the old property, rid it of long-forgotten boat parts, overgrown brush, and repair dilapidated buildings and docks. A local following started to form among the neighboring shrimpers and fishermen, and the marina played host to various US and international teams for the 1995 US trials and the 1996 Summer Olympics Yachting events.

At the time, the marina was simply known as “Mike’s Place,” a little hole in the wall bar that would have sandwiches and grill outs on the dock. But it was when Capt. Mike took a crew from Good Morning America out on his little S.S. Dolphin for a tour that the business exploded. The tours didn’t have a name, but moments after the broadcast calls were already coming in from people wanting to tour with “Capt. Mike.”

“Mike’s Place” was leased out to become Cafe Loco and later Coco’s Sunset Grille, a seafood market was opened, and watersports offerings came to reside. The sleepy little north end piece of Tybee had grown into the Village at Lazaretto Creek where thousands of tourists, school kids, and Girl Scouts take trips aboard Capt. Mike’s Dolphin Tours each year.

Now 20 years later, the Scarbroughs are thankful their business has survived the economic hits and look forward to more tours for years to come. To kick off the anniversary celebration, Capt. Mike’s Dolphin Tours will be offering discounts on tickets through Foursquare check-ins and specials on their Facebook page. Additionally, special tours have been set up for Easter sunrise and to watch the Tall Ships sail out of Savannah.

For more information, contact Lisa Scarbrough at or Iris Scarbrough at 912-786-5848.

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