If you are interested in our Dolphin Adventure Tour, please watch the "Wipe Out" video above and read the detailed description below before you register for the tour. The Dolphin Adventure Tour is $62 per person and we do require advanced reservations. Please check our schedule to determine which days we are offering this exciting adventure.
The Dolphin tours are one of our most popular and exciting summer trips, but they are not for everyone. Please understand this is not a flat or calm water trip. It is absolutely necessary that everyone going on this trip read the description below. All of our other trips are flat-water and can accommodate most everyone.
Words cannot describe the feeling of seeing the curious and friendly creatures up close. We launch from the north end of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, just outside Fort Story Army Base. We paddle along the coast to where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean (a favorite dolphin playground). We linger in that area and wait for the Dolphins to come by.
The Dolphins are migratory mammals that begin arriving in the area in March and April and stay through to October and November. They reach their greatest concentrations in July, August and September. The Ocean tends to be calmer thru mid August. If the Ocean is too rough or the wind is too strong we will cancel the trip.
We begin doing Dolphin trips sometime in mid May and continue through October. In the months of July, August and September we have an 80 to 90 percent chance of having Dolphins within 10 to 20 feet of some of the kayaks. We are usually running 3 or 4 trips a week this time of year on alternating days. In May, June and October we have a 60 to 80 percent chance of having Dolphins within 10 to 20 feet of some of the kayaks and we typically have one trip on the weekends. We almost always see some Dolphins at some point. If you have a group of 6 people we will do a trip for your group or you can join one of our trips.
The Dolphin tours begin with a surf launch into the Atlantic Ocean. This trip takes place on the high seas. As we launch and return through the surf, we guarantee that you will get soaking wet and most likely flip over at some point. We use sit-on-top kayaks, doubles and singles. You will fall out as they turn over. Everyone should be comfortable playing in the ocean surf. Kayaks are launched and returned individually by a guide standing in the water. We will launch into surf as tall as 3 to 4 feet and winds of 10 to 15 knots, trips will be canceled if conditions exceed these measurements. Wearing life jackets is required on all of our trips.
The difficulty of this trip can vary greatly. Some days the ocean can be like a lake and other days we can have large surf, strong winds or fast currents. Some days we may have to paddle just to keep from being carried down the beach! Once through the surf we are on the High Seas with a rolling Ocean. If you have a tendency toward motion or seasickness, this trip will probably trigger it. Please visualize being a small boat on a rolling sea. Everyone should be told of the tendency toward seasickness. We kayak off the coast, but do not go too far. The Dolphins tend to congregate in one particular area, which is where we launch. Children as young as 6 or 7 can go on this trip if they are comfortable playing in the surf. We offer double and single kayaks. Young kids or nervous adults are best in a double with a more experienced/capable person. (You must choose double or single at the time of reservation.) The trips are 2.5 hours long and we are on the water for 1.5 to 2 hours, sometimes less if conditions are rough.
We only use sit-on-top kayaks for the Dolphin trips because of the chance of turning over. You will just fall out of these kayaks if they tip over. On warm days we often swim in and out of them!