Wildlife Cruises - Whale Watching - Virginia Beach
Come experience an unforgettable trip to see incredible views of the world’s largest and most beautiful marine mammals. Our knowledgeable captain and crew will lead you on an educational journey along the Atlantic coast in search of whales, dolphins, seals, and several species of birds. The highlight of these trips is spotting humpback whales, which can often be seen breaching, flipper slapping or tail lobbing. Captain Jeff, our local whale whisperer, has 30+ years of experience navigating our coastal waters and is sure to give you and your family the experience of a lifetime. All of our boats are ADA compliant, equipped with two bathrooms, a snack bar, a full bar, a heated indoor cabin with comfortable seating, and have a spacious upper deck that is perfect for spotting Virginia’s magnificent wildlife. As the winners of the 2014 and 2015 year of excellence award from Trip Advisor, we can promise you this is not a trip you want to miss! So come on down and experience the best of Virginia's marine wildlife with us at Rudee Tours.
Begins Late December through mid March
Children 11 and under: $24.00
Children 3 and under: Free
We take a souvenir photo when you board the boat that can be purchased at the end of the trip!
Our trips are running on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm through March 13th.
Whale sightings are guaranteed December through February 15th, if none are seen then you may ride again for FREE! *No refunds will be offered.*
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THE RUDEE TOURS ADVANTAGE
While Whales are wild animals, we are so confident in our abilities and crew we offer a 100% guarantee to those taking our tours aboard the Rudee Flipper December through February 15th! We are the only company in Virginia Beach who can offer such a thing! If you don't see any whales, you can ride again FREE!
Most Experience On The Water
Not only has our Captain been working with Rudee Tours for 30 years, our Mates have over 25 years of experience aboard the Rudee Flipper combined. Each crew member goes through extensive training that includes everything from learning about our flipper-ed friends to full ocean and boat safety.
Longest Time On The Water
Being located a few hundred yards inside the Inlet from the Atlantic Ocean, you are on the search for dolphin within 3 minutes of leaving the dock aboard the Rudee Flipper. Our location is arguably the best location in all of Virginia Beach, and is also the only Inlet like it on the whole East Coast! As you will see, we are docked at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center alongside the Largest Charter Fishing Fleet on the East Coast. Our fishing friends believe in our mission and devotion to the ocean so much that they not only often ride along with us, but also send along any sightings that they may see, just to ensure we get you to the animals as quickly as possible.
Largest, Most Modern Fleet
While the Rudee Flipper is our main dolphin and whale watching boat, we are lucky enough to have multiple boats that are run by just as experienced Captains and Crews to help ensure that we never have to turn anyone away. All of our boats are inspected yearly and updated as needed. Each boat has a climate controlled indoor cabin, is completely ADA certified, are multi-level boats, and even when inside the cabin there is a 360-degree view of the water so you never have to miss a thing!
Full Snack Bar and ABC License Aboard
The Rudee Flipper wants to ensure that all of our passengers feel right at home on the water and have everything they could need right at the tip of their fingers. Whether you want to enjoy a cold adult beverage (don’t forget to bring your ID!) while watching the dolphin play or want to purchase a memento to remember the trip, the Rudee Flipper has it all inside the climate controlled cabin.