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Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour
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Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour

By Chesapean Outdoors
Recommended by 94% of travelers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 7-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • 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!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31434P1

    • 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.
    • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31434P1

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    • 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!
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      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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    • Chesapean Outdoors
      586
      Virginia Beach, Virginia
      Joined in March 2011
    • N3032CNnaomik
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very worth it.
      Great guides. Very knowledgeable. Saw so many dolphins. Such a great time and very worth the time and money. Is definitely do it again.
      Written July 11, 2024
    • Anna H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We saw dolphins and had lots of fun!
      We saw lots of dolphins! The tour was excellent. Michael was very informative and did a great job at leading our group. We did the morning tour (starting at 9:30 am), however we were told that you have an equally likely chance at seeing dolphins at the evening tour as well. The tour is 2 hours long and you are kayaking almost the whole time, with breaks included throughout.
      Written July 7, 2024
    • Ginny333000
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't miss this experience!
      Exceptional and safe! We saw many, many dolphins! The guides were kind and helpful. We would take this tour again in a heartbeat!
      Written July 6, 2024
    • Heavyn H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience!
      The experience was great experience, it’s was our first time kayaking and they helped out a lot!! The dolphins were beautiful!!
      Written June 23, 2024
    • H1048WYkevink
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lots of dolphins
      Had a great time on the Sunset dolphin kayak tour! The view and scenery were amazing. Saw a lot of dolphins, and our guide Troy was fantastic! Highly recommend.
      Written June 20, 2024
    • courtneykZ8528KE
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cancelled at last minute
      Spent over half hour to get here for them to just cancel right away… could have informed us to save us the time and the $10 to get parking. I know it’s out of their control on weather but it’s obvious the tide won’t change in an hour so do the customers a favor and give them a call. They were there an hour early to set up and had plenty of time to give a quick call.
      Written June 15, 2024
    • taylorgG7354KK
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Broad Bay Kayak Tour
      I took my sister, boyfriend, and a couple friends on this tour this past weekend. Our tour guide was Adam, he was awesome! He was funny, personable, experienced and well informed on the area's history, wildlife and plants. 10/10 for Adam. However, for the price, the views and trip itself were a bit lackluster. Great for outdoorsy tourists with little kayaking experience, but wanting to avoid mainstream VBeach. I guess I was just expecting to see a bit more, or go to different places, but we just followed about 20ft from the coastline, stopped for 10 minutes or so on this little beach, and went back the same way we came. Which wasn't bad, it was still pretty. We saw different types of birds and were even lucky enough to see a Bald Eagle!
      Written June 9, 2024
    • M9913YKmikeg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect sunset trip
      Excellent time. Weather was excellent and great time. Chase was awesome , very informative and such a great guide. Couldn't ask for more in a guide, even a senior in high school no less. His parents should be very proud, good young man.
      Written May 3, 2024
    • erikacV8282FK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous experience!
      We had a wonderful time! we saw tons of dolphins. Our guide was knowledgeable and safe. I went with a friend and there were several others booked at the same time. I often times do these activities alone (as a 44 year-old woman) and I would have felt safe if I was alone. I didn’t think it was overly strenuous but we were out on the ocean (rather than a bay). There are some waves to deal with. I highly recommend this experience!
      Written October 16, 2023
    • elisabethmO5388YM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun!
      I loved this so much. I had a ball. I put my phone away and pledged to myself to stay present. Matt took videos and photos and shared them with everyone later. It so such a nice extra touch that I so appreciated. Matt felt like going kayaking with a good friend’s husband. You may not know him well but you know he can be trusted and you are safe. He was professional, fun, and uber knowledgeable about the water/dolphins. I would do this again anytime. ✌🏼💜
      Written October 6, 2023
    • GrandTour34438164952
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience would do it again
      Had an excellent morning on the Dolphin Tour - Kayak. Saw multiple pods of dolphins. Matt the guide was very knowledgeable about the dolphins and the history of the area. We were first time kayakers and felt very comfortable thanks to Matt’s guidance. Would definitely recommend.
      Written October 2, 2023
    • Venture15723069879
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Overpriced for the experience
      The water was choppy the day we went out, so I'm not sure if it would have been different with calmer weather, but all we did was basically hug the beach. The view never changed. Just looked at the same beach houses for two hours. No dolphin sightings, but again, thats mother nature for ya. The youngs guys that took us out were very nice/helpful. For almost 400 bucks when you throw in tips I guess I was expecting a little more than a straight shot out, turn around and a straight shot back. Overall pretty underwhelming and a bit too expensive.
      Written September 14, 2023
    • V1061COashleyp
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin tour
      The view was amazing watching the sunset on the water. Many dolphins to see from beginning to end
      Written September 13, 2023
    • Molly B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great morning in the bay!
      Very well organized. Our guide, Tommy, was very informative, knowledgeable, and fun! He took extra care making sure everyone in our group was able to see the dolphins and the ever elusive loggerhead sea turtle he also provided everyone on the tour with photos and videos of our groups and the sea life we saw.
      Written September 13, 2023
    • F9370ZXkimr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beyond expectation!!
      Perfect weather, excellent exercise , and more dolphins than we could track At one point in the tour, there were at least 3 pods of dolphins surrounding us Our guide Megan knew exactly where to lead our group Thanks for an amazing adventure!!
      Written September 8, 2023
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    Garth
    Palestine, TX2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a last minute idea with a co-worker. I was a bit skeptical about booking this. We thought we had booked a trip for 2:00 and some reason we accidentally booked for 9. The guides text early that morning about wind conditions were too bad which would push us to the 2:00 spot. They kept in touch with us all day about conditions and the. The 2:00 winds were too much still but they thought the 5:30 sunset trip would be perfect and man was it. The 4 guides we had (Tommy, Conrad, Alec, and Carson) were amazing. They took time to explain everything, they were very knowledgeable of the history of the area as well as all of the wildlife. We were able to see a good bit of dolphins very close. They also shared the pics and videos they took with us. The guide service is a first class operation and I would recommend this to any level of kayaker.
    Written June 18, 2023
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    Charles F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020 • 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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    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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    Jennifer L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021 • 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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    Thank you!
    Written May 4, 2022
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    DaveL62
    Presque Isle, Michigan162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    We booked a group of 5 on the morning of an afternoon kayak outing. Our guide, David met us at the First Landing State Park parking lot and in no time at all had us all down on the beach with our kayaks and sundry gear. He was a pleasant young man and took us out to see if we might find some early season dolphins. The waves were less than a foot where we started from the beach, but they kicked up to over two foot swells and occasional whitecaps. The kayaks handled it all well. The backrests were wonderful. We had a beautiful evening excursion all and all, and even though we were not graced by an appearance of dolphins, we all enjoyed the fun experience.
    Written June 2, 2020
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    Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us!
    Written June 4, 2020
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    Lori B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • 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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    Thank you so much! The sunsets in Virginia Beach are amazing!
    Written July 18, 2021
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    Mo C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020
    Great experience! Matt was smart, funny and went the extra mile with our group to ensure dolphin sightings. Clearly passionate about this gig and very experienced.
    After realizing we couldn't head back to our launch point, he safely guided us to another part of the shore (and dealing directly with the ocean) and gave us a ride back. He also extended me a refund after a mix-up with booking and offering a free paddle, which was truly generous and especially appreciated as I was celebrating a birthday. He can plan on seeing me again!
    Written October 2, 2020
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    Thank you so mich for your feedback! Hope you had a fabulous birthday!
    Written October 9, 2020
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    Calista Kuhl
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021 • 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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    Thank you!
    Written June 11, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Quest63196160325
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Anthony Yuan
    West Grove, PA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020
    Stellar experience kayaking. Matt was a very knowledgeable and likeable tour guide. During the trip, he shared interesting information on the area and made it both an educational and fun experience.

    We had really enjoyed the beautiful views and we had felt safe throughout the entirety of the trip. Matt brought us to a location which was filled with Dolphins, making this an extremely memorable experience. I've seen dolphins at SeaWorld, but seeing them out in nature is a completely different experience!

    I highly recommended Chesapean Outdoors!
    Written October 2, 2020
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    Noel Y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021 • Family
    Joined this tour at the last minute and it turned out awesome! We were in Ocean Kayak Malibu 2s which are excellent on the open water - stable and spacious! We didn’t see anything for the first 45 minutes and pretty much started to turn back. Then we saw one fin and soon more fins and suddenly we had dolphins in front, behind and around us! The dolphins were with us all the way back to the launch. All in all Brody and Chris were great guides! Highly recommend this tour! Would love to try the sunset one next time!
    Written June 22, 2021
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    Thank you!
    Written June 26, 2021
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