A whale breachs in front of the Virginia Beach coastline.

Whale Watching Tours

This incredible 2-2.5 hour winter season tour brings you as close as possible to commonly observed species like acrobatic humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins, as well as an immense variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Whale sightings are not guaranteed and all tours are weather-dependent. Tour schedules are subject to change. A portion of all ticket sales supports our education, research, and conservation initiatives.

Book a tour today, or buy a gift card for a friend!

Whale Watching Tour Schedule

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2:00pm

Saturday & Sunday | 10:00am, 2:00pm

January 15, February 19 | 2:00pm

  • All ages are welcome, but tours may not be appropriate for younger guests.
  • Guest capacity is 80.
  • Restrooms are available on the Explorer, as well as refreshments for purchase. Interior seating is available in our climate-controlled cabin.
  • The Explorer is accessible for manual wheelchairs. The captain and crew can assist anyone needing to transfer from a motorized to a manual wheelchair for the tour.​​
  • Please leave backpacks or large bags locked in your car.
  • Alcohol and large coolers are not permitted aboard the boat.
  • Discounts for Atlantic Explorer tours are available for groups of 15 and more.
  • Advanced online reservations are strongly encouraged.
  • Tickets are non-refundable unless the tour is canceled by the captain.
  • Passengers should report to the Aquarium Boat Dock (near the outdoor Seal Exhibit) at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour.

Whale Watching Tour Rates

Adult (12+) | $34.95

Youth (3-11) | $29.95

Child (0-2) | Free

Adult (12+) | $32.95

Youth (3-11) | $27.95

Child (0-2) | Free

Adult (12+) | $30

Youth (3-11) | $25

Child (0-2) | Free

Adult | $30

Student | $25

Charter | $1,500

Charge Per Guest After 50 Guests | $30 Each

No child rate available for private group charters.

Responsible Whale Watching

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We Are Proud Participants Of Whale SENSE!

Whale SENSE is a voluntary education and recognition program offered to commercial whale-watching companies in the U.S. Atlantic and Alaska Regions. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Whale SENSE recognizes companies committed to responsible whale-watching practices.

Learn More About Whale SENSE
Dolphin Leaping Out of Water On Dolphin Tour

Dolphin Watching Boat Tours


Check back in spring for info on the upcoming 2024 season! Our excursions offer an unforgettable journey in search of Virginia's most common and charismatic marine mammal: the bottlenose dolphin. If you are ready to find adventure, make memories, and inhale the fresh air, then come let the salty ocean mist kiss your cheeks and the offshore breezes fill your lungs. Learn from our knowledgeable educators about our other Virginia coastal animals like majestic seabirds, curious sea turtles, and unique fish species. Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed and all tours are weather-dependent. A portion of all ticket sales supports our education, research, and conservation initiatives.

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