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Dolphins Virginia Beach Oceanfront

DOLPHIN WATCHING aboard the rudee flipper

Looking for the longest running and most experienced dolphin cruise company at the Virginia Beach Resort area? You have found it at Rudee Tours! A Dolphin Cruise aboard the Rudee Flipper is the essential trip for the both the aquatic enthusiast and the fun seeking vacationer. Each 90 minute tour is narrated by our experienced staff who are ready to share their knowledge and answer your questions about the dolphin and the Virginia Beach coastline. Our cruise boat features upper and lower sightseeing levels and interior windows that provide a 360 degree range for the ultimate viewing experience. The Rudee Flipper is a 65-foot long, 28-foot wide South Sea Catamaran. The Flipper is equipped with such amenities as two restrooms, climate controlled cabin with ample seating, handicapped accessibility, a snack bar with hot and cold food offered, and a full bar serving an array of adult beverages. What could be more fun than watching dolphin jump and splash in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean from on board the Rudee Flipper? As winners of the 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 Year of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor, you can trust there is no better dolphin cruise in Virginia Beach than with Rudee Tours!

The Details

Adults: $23.00

Children 11 and under: $17.00

Children 3 and under: Free


Duration: 1.5 Hours


We take a souvenir photo when you board the boat that can be purchased at the end of the trip!


Dress for the weather!  It can be slightly cooler out on the water especially in the spring, fall, and winter.  We may have to cancel trips due to high winds, but our cruises will still go when it is raining.


Departs: Rudee Inlet at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center (Parking is free while you are on the trip).


Please remember your crew members work hard for and appreciate tips! 

Questions? Check out the FAQs

The Rudee Tours Advantage

Guaranteed Sightings

While Dolphin are wild animals, we are so confident in our abilities and crew we offer a 100% guarantee to those taking the 9am, 11am, 2pm, and 4pm dolphin tours aboard the Rudee Flipper from Memorial Day - Labor Day. We are the only company in Virginia Beach who can offer such a thing! If you don't see any dolphins, 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. 

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