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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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Virginia Beach , 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.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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131 Reviews

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Fun in the sun
, May 2022
The guide was very professional and knowledgeable. Tommy really enjoyed educating and helping us have a great experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much!
Great experience!! Will do it again!!
, May 2022
We had a great experience with Tommy our Tour Guide! He was very knowledgeable and patient. We Love it!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much!
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!
Sunday morning
, Sep 2020
Great tours, guided by the history of the area and lots about dolphins. You will get wet so plan accordingly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you!
Nice group of people. Michael did a great job!
, Sep 2020
The guide Michael was friendly & had a wealth of information. We were very pleased with him. The dissatisfaction was that we didn’t get to kayak with the dolphins.
Different Tour
, Sep 2020
We were supposed to go on an ocean dolphin tour, but it was cancelled due to high winds. The company was kind enough to rebook us on a kayak tour of First Landing State Park instead. Unfortunately, with such a big group (18 people) spread out, it was impossible to hear the guide as he was sharing info. We had a fun stop at a little beach and got to go for a swim. Then, we went into a channel to view an eagle's nest. There was a very low bridge that we had to do a "limbo" in our kayaks to get under. There was about an inch or two of clearance from a concrete block under the bridge and my son scraped up his hands as he protected his face. My daughter almost whacked her head going under the bridge too. Overall, it was a nice trip out on the water and we saw some interesting things, but due to the safety issues with the bridge and inability to hear the guide, I would not recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately the winds do sometimes make us have to change course in regard to what tours we can operate. We always give the customer the option of a refund but we also provide alternative tours should they be interested. Sounds like this one was a true adventure. Glad you enjoyed the experience and apologize for not being able to hear the guide better.
Family vacation blast
, Aug 2020
These guys are awesome! They are a well oiled machine. The owner of the shop was there to greet us, And explain every detail of how they were going to try everything in their power to make it enjoyable for everyone, and they succeeded. We had a 7 year old all the way to 2- 62 year olds with 5 others in between and they watched out for everyone and made sure we all had the best chance to see the dolphins. Had a blast guys keep up the great work, and would recommend these guys to everyone!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you!
Pods everywhere!
, Jul 2020
Great experience! Saw so many dolphins active playing around. Our tour guides, Brody and Will were amazing!
Good company and dolphins
, Jul 2020
Let me start off by saying I’m a New York City guy all the way . This kayaking experience with the wife and the tour guides couldn’t have been better. Makes me wanna change my whole way of living lol. Seriously Matt,Justin and B. We’re all great . Patient kind knowledgeable and recommended best spot to eat wife and I did get some nice video of dolphins but over all great guys water was beautiful. Will reccomend to anyone visiting va beach .
Excellent experience
, Jun 2020
Our guide Will was tremendous, and the entire experience (AM tour, N/S along northern end of Va Beach) was stellar. We were fortunate to be part of a small group (only 2 tandem kayaks plus the guide.) We highly recommend the tour, even if you have zero experience sea kayaking. We saw a bunch of dolphins, yet just being out on the water was worth the price.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time on the water with us. We really appreciate having customers like you and thank you for supporting us and taking the time to write a great review!
Great experience!
, Jun 2020
Great experience! Really layback tour guy willing to help and give you an excellent experience. Virginia style. Totally worth the money. We saw the dolphins pretty close.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thank you so much! Who was your tour guide? Come back and see us again! Appreciate your business!

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