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Address: 7517 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: (252) 449-8999
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Our captain and first mate were both very friendly. Our first mate was very informative and educational. The captain was able to us to the dolphins and keep us moving so everyone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Warsaw, Virginia
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Warsaw, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Our captain and first mate were both very friendly. Our first mate was very informative and educational. The captain was able to us to the dolphins and keep us moving so everyone on board could get a great picture. The first mate was even able to help us get our camera to the right setting for our pictures. She also... More 

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Millville, Pennsylvania
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I was very nervous about spending the money and booking this expedition, as it was not cheap. However it was worth every single penny!! We arrived at 9:40am got our boarding passes and waited while the boat was checked over by the Captain and Maggie. We heard them talking about how low the water was (due to few days of... More 

Thank Melanie H
Fairfax, VA
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Everyone in our group enjoyed this cruise - even the 2 1/2 & 4 yr. old. In fact the youngest one would yell dolphin every time he spotted one. We went the 2nd week in September & left out of the Manteo location. When I made the reservation, I was told to turn on a street by a local restaurant.... More 

Thank Virginia2002
Canandaigua, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

It was really awesome. The captain was wonderful and Maggie was a great guide. Everything about the trip was amazing!!!

Thank Mike M
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218 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

They run it out of 2 different locals..... As I mentioned above, we opted for the Whalebone site, it was closer to our hotel. The meeting place is located in a YELLOW building with a BLUE roof. We had to go in to redeem our confirmation and grab our boarding pass. There is a bathroom just past the office. It... More 

Thank pky_pook
Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This was such a treat! The weather was perfect, the naturalist was so incredibly informative and so pleasant. We saw countless dolphins. Our kids learned so much. This was NOT geared towards kids. I would NOT bring kids under 5 on this ride - there were several one and two year olds and they did nothing but cry.

Thank Chappylover
Aurora, Ohio
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89 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Geared to kids. Many kids & baby on tour so expect screaming & crying. Cruise was shorter than website said and we really only went to one area in the sound. Lots of Dolphins. Hoped that they would have told us more about the other wildlife and area. Like I said before it's geared towards kids. Would be nice if... More 

Thank luvinature
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We took the 5:30 sunset tour which was absolutely beautiful. Saw lots of Dolphins and one of them had a plastic ring stuck on its body, which was sad to see. The Captain took us to Wanchese Harbor and I was able to get some amazing sunset pictures. It was a very pleasant evening on the water.

Thank Hippo48
Stafford, Virginia
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

We went on this tour on a Friday morning and the boat was full, but not so much so that we couldn't see. We came up on dolphins pretty quickly and the guides did a great job at staying with them so we got the max amount of time to watch them possible. This was definitely worth the trip. The... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to see some Dolphins, and that is what we got! Our tour guide, Tara, was energetic, knowledgeable, and great with the kids! I really like how the tour guides are interns and studying dolphins for school and they are collecting data as we are on the tour. Not only were we enjoying the tour but I felt like... More 

Thank Heather G

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