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Virginia Beach, United States
Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Paddle alongside the wild dolphins of Virginia Beach on a small-group kayak tour from North End Beach. Watch for sea birds and other wildlife as you steer an easy to use, sit-on-top kayak along the coast to the Cape Henry Lighthouses. Learn about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that swim past the Virginia coast each summer, and explore the shore with an experienced guide.
  • Dolphin-watching tour with a small group for personalized attention
  • Explore the Virginia Beach coast by kayak
  • Family-friendly tour: no experience necessary
  • All necessary equipment included and guides help you navigate
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Departure Point

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Location varies- call to confirm exact launch location Directions: North End of Virginia Beach Oceanfront and will meet your guide - location to be determined based on current. Call tour operator for departure location.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at North End Beach in Virginia Beach, get fitted out with a boat and learn the basics of kayaking operation and safety. Your sit on top boat is stable, comfortable and suitable for all skill and experience levels, so you can focus on soaking up the scenery and watching for dolphins.

Follow your guide on a route toward the historic Cape Henry Lighthouses that passes through prime dolphin habitat. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live and swim in groups, and have extraordinary intelligence; if you’re lucky, a dolphin may choose to play right alongside your boat, interacting and showing off. You’ll also see seabirds like the pelicans and ospreys that nest along the coast, and groups occasionally spot a sea turtle or cownose ray slipping beneath the surface.

When you reach Cape Henry Lighthouse turn your boat around for the return trip to North End Beach, where you’ll finish the tour.
Stop At:  
North End Beaches
Meet your guides on the sand at North End Beach. After a short briefing on safety and kayak operation, your guides will help you launch your kayak into the Atlantic Ocean. Follow your guides and paddle along the coast of Virginia Beach while watching for dolphins. You may also see pelicans, ospreys, sea turtles or cow-nose rays. Paddle to the Cape Henry Lighthouses before turning around and paddling back to the launch site.
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Pass By:  
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Paddle to the Cape Henry Lighthouses before turning around and paddling back to the launch site.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in a variety of weather conditions; please dress appropriately for your tour date's weather forecast
  • For customers whose weight exceeds 250 lbs, please call us directly before booking to speak with a representative.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chesapean Outdoors
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Had a perfect day and a...
, Sep 2021
Had a perfect day and a wonderful time - Will was a great tour guide!! Would definitely do it again.
Kayaking with dolphins
, Sep 2021
The tour guide,Will was great. We seen quite a few dolphins that came right up to our Kayaks. Also learning the history of how the fishing nets were used was very interesting. We Loved the tour would recommend it to everyone.
Saw lots of dolphins!
, Aug 2021
The guides were pretty friendly laid back and knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. Didn't see many dolphins initially but as we were heading back we got caught up in a few pods and saw dolphins all around us! It was a super fun experience and everyone was able to get pics/videos! Also the waters weren't too bad for paddling.
Great! Even for Beginners.
, Aug 2021
Absolutely loved this tour. It was my husband and I’s first time kayaking. It was super fun and easy, and a great workout! My husband and I agree that we would definitely do it again. And seeing the dolphins was a huge bonus! Shout out to Tommy our guide. He’s the best.
, Aug 2021
The boys who led our tour were very fun and knowledgeable about the area wildlife. We had a lot of fun! Definitely recommend!
A big disappointment
, Aug 2021
The location was changed the day before, didn’t get to see the Cape Henry lighthouse. Was way more than the 12 kayaker maximum on the trip, and never saw one dolphin. Some people actually left the excursion early. This was a huge waste of money and total disappointment. 0/10.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Absolutely not a fair review. The literature says we reserve the right to change the location based on winds, tides and currents. We actually do this so that YOU, the customer will have the best experience on the water. You have to understand life on the water to appreciate that. Dolphins are wild animals and it’s not Sea World- there is never 100% guarantee on any wild animal. Although almost all of tours do see them. Our guides divide the groups in smaller groups and we have more than enough guides to give everyone on the tour personal attention. Just read all of our other reviews. I sure wish you had called and shared your experience with us- I would have been happy to refund you. Sounds like the boat tour for dolphins might have been a better fit for your group. Maybe next time!
Dolphin Fun
, Aug 2021
Our two guides were two brothers who were very knowledgeable about the area where we were touring and the beautiful dolphins we saw as well as the other animals in the area. My kids had an amazing time. One of the best highlights of our first trip to Virginia Beach!!!
, Jul 2021
Saw so many dolphins. The tour guides were great! 1st time kayaking, What an experience! Will definitely do it again!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you!
, Jul 2021
Oh my goodness what a fun trip! The guides made sure everyone was safe and had a relaxed and exciting time! We saw a lot of dolphins, some really close and a few surprise visitsuu from a giant sea turtle!! Would definitely do again and recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you!
First time kayaking
, Oct 2020
Guide was excellent. This was my first time kayaking. I felt very confident once in kayak and on water. All anxiety I had floated away behind me. More fun than motor boating. Sunset tour absolutely breathtaking. Dolphins aplenty!!! SO.MUCH.FUN. Cannot wait to do this again!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you!

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