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Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour provided by Chesapean Outdoors

Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour

Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour
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Recommended by 92% of travelers
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Group size:
12
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 31434P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA The address for your GPS is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. Sometimes GPS will direct you to the Trail Center across the street- DO NOT DO THIS!!! You will need to turn into the CAMPGROUND entrance. Also, walk down to beach as we are on the beach! Tipping is also customary!
Additional information
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA The address for your GPS is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. Sometimes GPS will direct you to the Trail Center across the street- DO NOT DO THIS!!! You will need to turn into the CAMPGROUND entrance. Also, walk down to beach as we are on the beach! Tipping is also customary!
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2500 Shore Dr
    2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
    The address for your GPS is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. Sometimes GPS will direct you to the Trail Center across the street- DO NOT DO THIS!!! You will need to turn into the CAMPGROUND entrance. Also, walk down to beach as we are on the beach! Tipping is also customary!
    See address & details
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    Virginia Beach
    Stop: 2 hours
    9:30am & 2pm Dolphin Kayak Tour: Enjoy the thrill of kayaking with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay with a company that’s been specializing in dolphin Eco-tours for 25+ years. These small-group, guided kayak tours last 2 hours and allow you to see these magnificent animals up-close in their natural environment. Little or no experience is necessary to use Chesapean’s sit-on-top kayaks to explore the coastal waters of Virginia Beach and get closer to wild dolphins than you have ever been before. Guides will help you launch and navigate along the coast while you partake in breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences with wild Bottlenose Dolphins. May 1st-Oct. 1st/Daily: 9:30am & 2pm We reserve the right to change the location of this tour due to ocean conditions, winds, current and tides.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
119 reviews
Excellent
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April S
Bloomington, IN162 contributions
Our group consisted of two adults and 4 “older” kids (ages 11-14). We booked the adventure through Marriott, although we are local.

We parked at 79th street and walked onto the beach. The guides were running late because of a camp that morning, but they were apologetic and really nice. We got out on the water about 20 min. Later than anticipated, but the guides honored the two hour commitment.

There were lots of dolphins out and we didn’t have to paddle out far. The description of tour is kayaking up to the light house and back, but the dolphins were pretty much all around 78-79th street, so we just paddled around that area. If you are looking for an avid kayaking trip, I wouldn’t count on this one. It’s a dolphin kayak tour... so you go where the dolphins are!

My only complaint and reason for 4 stars instead of 5, was the seemingly lack of attention to the pandemic. We had an odd number in our group and were told that someone would be paired with another person. I expressed that I wasn’t comfortable with my child being paired in a kayak with a stranger. THANKFULLY someone didn’t show up, so my son was able to use a single kayak. During the registration process, there wasn’t much detail on how people would be paired up and if single kayaks were available.

David was our main tour guide and he was great! I had to paddle back early because my partner was feeling nauseous and David was very concerned that we weren’t having a good time and asked how he could help. He was very attentive to the kayakers and we definitely felt like we got our money’s worth! PK and Gresham were also very helpful.

Just an FYI: Don’t take anything of value with you to the beach. Phones, keys, etc. are put in the dry bags of the guides. We did get a few pictures that our guide took and texted to us, but you will not have access to your phone during the trip. I am also type 1 diabetic and gave some supplies to the guide to put in his dry bag. I highly recommend a bottle of water as it’s easily to get dehydrated during that two hours on the water. AND sunscreen! My son didn’t sunscreen his legs and they got pretty burnt.

I would definitely recommend this adventure to visitors and locals!
Written July 18, 2020
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chesapeano
Thank you for your feedback we appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the trip.
Written July 19, 2020
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Jennifer L
1 contribution
Friends
It was too windy to do the kayak tour in the ocean and Matt offered the tour in the bay or a full refund. We changed to the bay and it didn't disappoint. Our guide, Tommy, was so accommodating and knowledgeable! We even saw a bald eagle grab a fish wow!
Written October 28, 2021
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chesapeano
Thank you!
Written May 4, 2022
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Karen K
Austin, Texas, United States5 contributions
Mike and Chris took us out for a wonderful, relaxed morning of bobbing around the bay and watching dolphins breach. They made everyone feel comfortable, exercised proper safety procedures, and shared their expertise about the bay and the mammals that swim in it. They even executed a quick rescue when one couple managed to tip their very stable kayak. I was hesitant to buy tickets for this tour but now see it as the highlight of our week in Virginia Beach.
Written June 30, 2022
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chesapeano
Thank you so much!
Written July 1, 2022
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Brooke
1 contribution
Matt our tour guide was great! They really are focused on safety and making sure you enjoy your trip. We were scheduled for a Saturday tour which due to weather had to be rescheduled. but what i like about it is they didn't wait until day of they tracked the weather and saw it was calling for storms and called me the day before to let me know we would have to reschedule or they would also graciously refund our money. We were skeptical because we were leaving the day of the trip but went ahead and scheduled it for that morning and we are SO happy we did. Matt was fun, professional and informative. PLUS WE GOT TO SEE DOLPHINS!! It really is for everyone. My Boyfriend and i both love kayaking and have done so for some time now, but their was a range of different experience levels in our group. Matt was detailed in his instructions, and constantly checked on everyone to see how they were doing ! I really cant say enough about how great of an experience this was!!
Written September 28, 2020
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chesapeano
Thank you so mich for taking the time to share your experience with Chesapean Outdoors. We appreciate your feedback and are pleased to know you enjoyed your adventure!
Written October 9, 2020
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Connie R
Iowa193 contributions
During our stay at Virginia Beach, I was excited for the opportunity to kayak with the dolphins. My husband and I booked with Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour and had a wonderful experience. Will and Brody were excellent guides. They made sure we had the information we needed to be safe and to enjoy our time on the ocean. When we got there, we got a quick lesson on how to kayak since we had very little experience. The guys had a waterproof bag to keep our cameras and phones safe and dry. Getting past the breaking waves took a bit of effort, but we made it without any issues. We found the dolphins right away and Will and Brody guided us to the right spots to have a great view of them playing. There were dolphins all along our route. Will took videos and photos and shared them with us afterwards. This was definitely an amazing experience and I recommend it for couples, and possibly children (depending on their comfort level with water).
Written July 18, 2020
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chesapeano
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy you had a great experience with us! Please come back and see us again!
Written July 19, 2020
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Lori B
3 contributions
Couples
The guides Hayes, Will, and Brody were fantastic and got our entire group right next to several large pods of dolphins traveling thru the area. The took lots of pictures to use via text after the tour and it was all exclusive with the sunrise package. Definitely would recommend it to anyone.
Written July 16, 2021
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chesapeano
Thank you so much! The sunsets in Virginia Beach are amazing!
Written July 18, 2021
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Haley W
1 contribution
Our tour guide, Justin, did a fantastic job on our 2pm tour. We saw about 4 pods of dolphins and many more males flipping around. The dolphins got pretty close on several occasions. Justin was very knowledgeable about the area and the dolphins. Highly recommend this company!
Written July 31, 2022
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chesapeano
Thank you!
Written August 3, 2022
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Charles F
2 contributions
Couples
Couldn’t even count the amount of dolphins we encountered! Some as close to the kayak as 10ft. Matt was a great guide and very knowledgeable. The weather was phenomenal and Matt couldn’t have done a better job. He would point out the dolphins as they approached us and with bait fish jumping all around as the dolphins passed, the experience was unreal. I Just wish a fish would’ve jumped in my wife’s lap... I would have paid double for that 😂. My wife and I couldn’t of asked for a better day! Matt even took pictures so we wouldn’t have to and could enjoy the experience. We highly recommend the tour if you’re in the area. We are from Florida and kayak all the time but being on our honeymoon in Virginia it was a new element and a great experience. Thanks Matt
Written October 2, 2020
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chesapeano
Thank you so much! I’m sure your wife is glad no fish labedednin her lap! We are so glad you had a memorable experience on the water! Come back and see us soon.
Written October 9, 2020
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Quest63196160325
1 contribution
Communication with the staff is amazing with email and text alerts. Had to call the office due to running a few minutes late because of excess beach traffic and the staff was prompt, professional, and addressed our concerns. Once we got to the location the gentlemen in charge of our tour was also professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable about the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem. The kayaking adventure was amazing…we saw lots of dolphins, a sea turtle, and a critter that resembled a seal. Highly recommend this tour. We did this tour last year also and and will definitely do it again next year. Definitely worth the time and expense. Thank you for making awesome memories for me and my family.

P.S. Ben Shine is amazing at food and entertainment recommendations.
Written August 14, 2021
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Calista Kuhl
1 contribution
Family
The dolphin tour was such a great time! Our tour guide, Will, was very knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable. He was very professional while also making conversation and asking about our experience. We saw some dolphins but overall just enjoyed the view and being out on the water! Definitely check out if you’re in the area.
Written June 10, 2021
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chesapeano
Thank you!
Written June 11, 2021
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zzumparo66
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No dolphins, but great experience
This is a relaxing and beautiful way to see the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. It was a calm afternoon and kayaking was
Margo m
Margo m
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Family fun
It was a wonderful day for the kayaking trip. The weather was perfect and we also saw several pods of dolphins. M
natalierG337MC
natalierG337MC
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Highly recommend
Highly recommend! Both Troy and Micheal were amazing tour guides! We saw two different pods of dolphins including b
pascaljK6467FC
pascaljK6467FC
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Amazing!
Such a great experience! Special thanks to our guide Tommy & Martha for the kayak tour! They took photos and video
SarahME1982
SarahME1982
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Best experience ever
Our tour guides were beyond amazing! I can’t remember all their names but Michael, Brodie, & Conrad are great. We
SuzanneS437
SuzanneS437
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Fun!
We took a tour with Brody, Michael, Cole and Ryder. Each of them were fun and easy to ask questions to! We apprec
williamn863
williamn863
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Great surfing lesson with Eli!
I took a surf lesson with Eli. He was awesome! He taught me (a total beginner) everything I need to know to get s
samwD8164UY
samwD8164UY
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AMAZING!
Dolphins!! Even a baby dolphin :) Liam, Tommy and crew were excellent guides with a lot of historical knowledge abo
Seaside65141254105
Seaside65141254105
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Awesome day kayaking with dolphins!!
Excellent and knowledgeable tour guides and very personable staff that made for a memorable day, overall a great ti
Kelly T
Kelly T
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Recommend to everybody
Tour guides were fantastic. Such positive energy and genuineness. They were excellent with everybody - from those w
I2527OHkater
I2527OHkater
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Best experience!
We had a great time and the guides made sure that we got to see the Dolphins. It is well worth the time and very r
travelmama444
travelmama444
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Excellent experience -highly recommend!
We did a week long camp for my son. They were well equipped to let the kids safely and freely explore with gear on
Esperanza P
Esperanza P
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Greatest Day Ever!
Greatest Experience Ever! It was our first time experiencing kayaking and it was awesome! I almost decided to cance
Stephaniec111199
Stephaniec111199
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Awesome experience!!
We had a great time with our tour guides Justin and Liam! We saw a couple groups of dolphins even though we had to
884kelleys
884kelleys
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Gorgeous Kayak Experience
I did a 2 hour single kayak rental. The area was beautiful and the water very calm and peaceful. I really enjoyed m
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