Whale Watching - Virginia Beach
Whale sightings are guaranteed December through February 15th, if none are seen then you may ride again for FREE! *No refunds will be offered.*
Come experience an unforgettable trip to see incredible views of the world’s largest and most beautiful marine mammals. Our knowledgeable captain and crew of experts 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 Skip, our local whale whisperer, has 40+ 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. We can promise you this is not a trip you want to miss! Come down and experience the best of Virginia's marine wildlife with us at Rudee Tours.
Children 11 and under: $24.00
Children 3 and under: Free
The whales are here, and trips are running! Please call to confirm trip departure times.
Our regular whale watching schedule runs Saturday, 12/14/19 through Sunday, 3/15/20:
- Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 2:00pm
- Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00am & 2:00pm
We will also be running on holiday Mondays:
- 1/20/20: MLK Day: 11:00am & 2:00pm
- 2/17/20: President's Day: 11:00am & 2:00pm
Questions? Check out the FAQs
THE RUDEE TOURS ADVANTAGE
We sincerely care about your experience, and do everything that we can to ensure sightings. As the longest running ecotour in the area, we are so confident in our abilities to locate wildlife that we are the ONLY company that offers a sightings guarantee on our trips. While we understand that wildlife can be somewhat unpredictable, if our expert team is unable to locate any whales on your trip December through February 15, you can ride again with us: FREE!
Most Experience On The Water
With over 40 years of experience, our team of experts on board have the most extensive knowledge of our coastal waters and marine mammals of any along the Mid-Atlantic. Each member of our team undergoes extensive training each year to make sure that we are on the cutting edge of information on our flippered friends and safety.
Research and Conservation: Our Mission
At Rudee Tours, we are committed to protecting the animals and their homes. Not only do we showcase this by following all responsible whale & wildlife watching guidelines, but we also collect information on each trip. Our ecotours serve as platforms to learn more about the marine environment while simultaneously educating and spreading awareness about the species that inhabit it. Sightings on marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds are combined with environmental data to help us learn more about the species and how they are using our coastal habitat. By collaborating with other regional researchers, we provide information that helps protect and conserve the animals we love!
Longest Time On The Water
Being located only a few hundred yards inside the inlet from the ocean, you are on the search for dolphins and whales within 3 minutes of leaving the dock with Rudee Tours. 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 fortunate that we have an entire fleet of vessels run by experienced and committed captains and crew. With larger capacities and the ability to run multiple boats at a time, we are able to accommodate the needs of all of our guests. Our vessels is annually inspected and licensed by the USCG, insured, and regularly updated. Each boat is ADA certified, equipped with a climate-controlled indoor cabin, and offers 360-degree views of the water from the multiple viewing levels.
Full Snack Bar and ABC License Aboard
Your comfort is a priority! The Rudee Flipper wants to ensure that all of our passengers feel 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 dolphins play, or to purchase a memento to remember the trip, the Rudee Flipper has it all inside the climate-controlled cabin and ship store.