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Winter Wildlife Excursion

Starting in 2021! See dates below!


Experience the diversity the coastal waters off of Virginia Beach have to offer:  birds, seals, dolphins, & whales! 

Join us for a unique exploration of the coast in search of a variety of marine mammals and seabirds! This is a trip you will not want to miss, as the Mid-Atlantic provides a critical habitat for many different species of animals. We will explore hot spots known for their exceptional sightings of birds and seals while experts on board provide information about the animals, current local research that is being conducted, and how to help better protect them.

Our excursion will be determined by the concentration of recent sightings of our targeted species that include: harbor and gray seals, sea ducks (scoters, scaups, & mergansers), seabirds (razorbills, jaegers, & gannets), humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphins.

*If we are unable to locate any marine mammals, you may ride again for FREE! No refunds will be offered.*


Trips are scheduled from 9am-1pm on the following:

  • January 17, 2021
  • January 31, 2021
  • February 14, 2021
  • February 28, 2021
  • March 14, 2021


Adults: $50.00

Children 11 and under: $45.00

Children 3 and under: Free


Guaranteed Sightings

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 marine mammals on your trip, 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! 

Largest, Most Modern Fleet

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! We want 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 Whaler has it all inside the climate-controlled cabin and ship store.