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Virginia Beach, United States
Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tours

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Watch the sun set over Chesapeake Bay on a 2-hour, small-group dolphin tour by kayak from Virginia Beach. Paddle along the coast as you spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and see the Cape Henry Lighthouses and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from the water.
  • 2-hour kayak tour from Virginia Beach
  • See native dolphins in their own habitat
  • Paddle to Cape Henry Lighthouses
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Small-group tour
  • All necessary equipment included
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Entrance fees: Customers are required to pay the parking fee for First Landing State Park ($4 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends and holidays)
Gratuities
2500 Shore Dr , 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA

Camp Ground First Landing State Park - Main Entrance- NOT THE 64th STREET ENTRANCE!!

5:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to First Landing State Park where this tour begins, and start by getting fitted with an easy-to-use, sit-on-top kayak. The boats are well suited to even beginning boaters, and after a short briefing on kayak safety and technique, you'll be ready to launch your kayak into the Chesapeake Bay.

Follow a route along the shoreline that’s especially good for sighting dolphins, which travel along the coast in small pods. Enjoy the cooler temperatures of the early evening, and spot some of the diverse seabirds that thrive in the Chesapeake Bay.

Paddle as far as the Cape Henry Lighthouses, a pair of historic signal lights that guide vessels into the Chesapeake Bay. See the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel light up in the evening sun as you make the return trip to the beach at First Landing State Park, and pause to photograph the coast in the warm, evening light. This 2-hour kayak tour concludes at First Landing State Park.
Itinerary
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First Landing State Park
Meet your guides on the beach at the Main Entrance to First Landing State Park ready for one of Virginia Beach's most unique experiences. After a short briefing on safety and kayak operation, your guides will help launch you and your kayak into the Chesapeake Bay where you will enjoy the thrill of kayaking with Atlantic Bottle nose Dolphins off the Shoreline of Virginia Beach while also witnessing a magnificent sunset.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Since 1996, We have been offering guided kayak dolphin watching trips to see these amazing creatures during their summer migration off the coast of Virginia. The Sunset Tour combines dolphin watching with a sightseeing tour of landmarks such as The Cape Henry Lighthouses and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. On our Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tour you will likely see dolphins and numerous birds as we paddle along historic Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. Along the way you will also see local landmarks such as the Cape Henry Lighthouses and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel get lit up by the evening sun as it sinks beyond the horizon of the Bay.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
The Sunset Tour combines dolphin watching with a sightseeing tour of landmarks such as The Cape Henry Lighthouses and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. On our Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tour you will likely see dolphins and numerous birds as we paddle along historic Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. Along the way you will also see local landmarks such as the Cape Henry Lighthouses and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel get lit up by the evening sun as it sinks beyond the horizon of the Bay.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chesapean Outdoors
The Sunset Tour combines dolphin watching with a sightseeing tour of landmarks such as The Cape Henry Lighthouses and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. On our Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tour you will likely see dolphins and numerous birds as we paddle along historic Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. Along the way you will also see local landmarks such as the Cape Henry Lighthouses and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel get lit up by the evening sun as it sinks beyond the horizon of the Bay.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • 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.

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  • "We saw so many dolphins and the water was super calm I would highly recommend this tour." See review

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star-5
An exciting experience!
Rebecca_J
, Jun 2022
The instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a lot of dolphins. Kayaking on the ocean, in the bay, is an experience we will never forget! Thank you for a memorable time!
star-3
Just Okay.
ROCHELLE_C
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed being on the water. I was disappointed that we didn’t see the dolphins but I know that is nature and no way to prevent that. I felt the cost was rather expensive.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the feedback. We are so sorry you did not see dolphins. Our price has remained the same for the last 15 years despite the massive inflation in our country. Open ocean paddles require very experienced tour guides and a lot of manual labor. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your time on the water, but please don't give us a 3 star review because you did not see the dolphins. We are very clear in all of our literature that it is not a guarantee.
star-5
Wonderful the guides were amazing would definitely do it agsin
Nancy_M
, May 2022
Great experience just wish they would send me the pictures they took. The guides are amazing . Friendly and informative.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much!
star-5
Wonderful investment of time and relaxation
Roger_W
, May 2022
Great experience kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay, so many dolphins and a beautiful sunset. Tommy our guide was awesome, remember to tip your guides, Great trip and well worth the investment in your time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much!
star-5
Great time. Saw some...
Winston_P
, May 2022
Great time. Saw some dolphins, sunset, & a rainbow. Would definitely recommend for anybody trying to experience VA Beach
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you!
star-5
Perfect Picture Sunset
Sara_W
, Oct 2021
Wonderful and friendly staff, Megan was incredible… spotted three pods of dolphins and viewed the most beautiful sunset over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much!
star-5
Amazing
Jessica_B
, Sep 2021
Such a beautiful and peaceful experience the tour guide Tommy was friendly and was able to tell us info about the dolphins definitely will do again
star-5
Awesome! Start to Finish!
dawn_n
, Aug 2021
Wow! My family had the best time! We will definitely be back! The sunset version is something you have to experience. Words can’t do it any justice!
star-5
Sunset tour
April
, Aug 2021
My particular tour only saw one dolphin, but it is made very clear sightings are not guaranteed. None the less, it was a beautiful day to kayak and we had a good. Would absolutely do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So many dolphins!
Richard_S
, Jul 2021
The guides were great! Very knowledgeable about kayaking, the area, and dolphins. We saw SO MANY dolphins! We were able to just stay in the bay because of how many were there. The water was calm and beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much!
star-5
Great experience
Caitlin_S
, Jul 2021
Very knowledgeable guides about the dolphins and area, who were also pleasant and checked in regularly with each guest. Very enjoyable and saw many dolphins!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much!
star-5
Wonderful
Amaya_G
, Jul 2021
The best part was following after dolphins first time ever thank you very enjoyable moment also very memorable
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much!
star-5
Friendly Kayaking
Steven_K
, Jul 2021
Kayaking with the dolphins and there were many. So close to us!!! Guides were great and took time to answer our questions and assist us.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much!
star-5
Great fun!
Bonnie_M
, Jul 2021
We saw dolphins! The kayak crew were fun and friendly. They explained how to maneuver the kayaks and where we would be going. When dolphins were spotted, they alerted everyone so we could all enjoy. Great trip (and nice little workout!)!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you!
star-5
Met our expectations!
Lynn_S
, Jul 2021
Really down to earth and friendly staff. Chatted while we waited for the dolphins. Experience was worth it!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you!
star-5
A Kayak of a lifetime
Viviana_C
, Jul 2021
Absolutely breathtaking! An experience we will never forget! Wonderful tour guides made us feel safe on our first time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you!
star-5
Wonderful tour for all.
Lori_H
, Jun 2021
The guides were wonderful. We saw so many dolphins and the water was super calm I would highly recommend this tour. No experience necessary.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you!
star-5
Virginia Beach Kayak With Dolphins
Sandra_M
, Jun 2021
We were able to see more dolphins than I could ever imagine and we were very appreciative of Logan sending us pictures and videos of our kayak dolphin experience. 👍
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you!
star-5
A great time on the water
April_A
, Jun 2021
The tour guides were wonderful and very personable and knowledgeable about the area. We saw 2 dolphins at the start of the tour. Be aware that if you are 2 in a group you will be on a double kayak unless specified which wasn't a big deal for us. Overall great views and a nice activity
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you! Yes, double kayaks are often easier for people because they have twice the paddling power. But we can provide singles if needed and requested.
star-5
So much fun!
Elizabeth_O
, May 2021
The ride was beautiful and the guides were helpful and very friendly. What a great group of nice guides!

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