Where to see dolphins in Virginia Beach

By Jade Broadus

Who doesn’t like dolphins? Not a single person. As one of the most beloved marine animals, dolphins have been merman’s best friends for as long ago as Flipper and The Little Mermaid. Luckily, anyone can have an up close encounter while visiting Virginia Beach. Whether you see one on surfboard, stand-up paddleboard, clear bottom kayak or a dolphin tour boat ride, you are sure to love to first sighting.

Check out these 4 adventurous ways to see a dolphin in Virginia Beach.

Dolphin Boat Tour: Probably the most popular way to see a dolphin in the wild in Virginia Beach is by a dolphin boat tour. With several departures a day, it’s easy to book a tour in between beach time and dining.

Stand-Up Paddleboard: Stand Up Paddle Boards are surprising easy for any age participant and any skill level. Within minutes, boarders can learn the basics and be paddling around the water. While getting your balance, keep your eyes on the horizon, as dolphins are sure to pop up every so often. Most often traveling in pods, dolphins love to jump and spin out of the water, putting on quite the show for paddlers.

Kayak: The Chesapean Outdoors company offers a ‘sit on top’ ocean kayak that offers a fresh perspective for kayakers. Glide through the water fast and get off further than the breaking waves. Since large pods of dolphins are often spotted off the coast of Virginia Beach, you’re almost guaranteed a sighting.

Surfing: There’s something pretty special about being at eye level with the dolphins and surfers get a pretty phenomenal view. While waiting for the next wave, remember to keep your eyes peeled for the dolphins coming up for air. Unlike sharks, dolphins’ fins are curved and they’re very friendly.

No matter how you want to see dolphins in Virginia Beach, you are signing up for an adventure. With the abundance of seafood and cool Atlantic waters, the ocean waters off the Virginia Beach coastline are a dolphins playground. Just remember to keep your eye out and check around sunrise and sunset for large groups swimming together off the coast.

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