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“ This was our second time on the Rudee Rocket and it was just as thrilling and fun the second time around! ” in 22 reviews

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“ L We have done dolphin tours multiple times (seriously ever time we come to VB) and today did 2 whale trips!! ” in 13 reviews

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“ Whale watching has been number one on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. ” in 5 reviews

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200 Winston Salem Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Trying to decide between the 1/2 day fishing during the day or the night fishing. Anyone have a preference or suggestion?

Night fishing is usually better. Cooler waters usually mean more fish.

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My boyfriend bought whale watching tickets for me for my birthday last September. He scheduled our our tour for February 14th for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately 2 days before our tour was supposed to take place a rep from the business called and explained that the weather wasn't cooperating. The man was very polite and nice. So we rescheduled to 2/22/24. We arrived early as suggested. Wore and carried extra warm and water resistant clothing. We were greeted by a nice young woman at the ticket window and another as we boarded the boat. There was a group of physically challenged people in front of us. The staff was very good at helping them aboard. The trip out was great. It was too cold and we had a nice seat. We saw some great birds and we did get some humpback whale sightings. It was pretty exciting. As with any excursion or thing of this nature some of the others who booked the trip were rather rude. The Capt was very good making sure groups on each side of the boat had a good view of a tail, back, and blow hole spouting. The ride back, although a little rough and chillier, was still nice. We felt safe the whole trip and the staff on the boat was great. I highly recommend taking a tour with Rudee Tours. We will probably do a dolphin tour this summer.

Unfortunately I don't recall the name of this bird. But it was cool to watch.

Unfortunately I don't recall the name of this bird. But it was cool to watch.

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I've been on two Rudee tours. The first time was a dolphin tour. This time I decided to try out their whale watching tours. I have used another local company to do whale watching tours prior. I feel like Rudee's boats are bigger than the other company because there's a second level/top deck you can view the whales so you can switch up the angles. They also seem to have more seating on their boats (I didn't use them). There's an inside cabin if you aren't able to brave the cold or the elements. A snack bar is located inside the cabin. The two bathrooms are located at the stern. There are even some standing tables at the stern & a couple on the top deck. They have multiple vessels for the whale tours contingent upon the numbers. Tickets can be purchased online. If there are available spots left, tickets can be purchased at the office at the pier off Winston Salem Ave. Parking is free if you purchased a tour. Tours can be canceled due to strong/high winds, but will be rescheduled for another day. Those who are unable to attend the new date can request a full refund. However, if it's just raining & no strong winds are present the tours still continue. This company actually guarantees whale sightings or you you ride for free next time. The boat itself is very clean & well maintained. Bathrooms were very clean & fully stocked with supplies. When attending the whale tours arrive 30 minutes PRIOR to tour time, go straight to the box office to acquire your physical ticket to board. You must check in first. Temperature on the water is typically 10 degrees cooler so dress accordingly, especially in the winter. Think hats, scarves, gloves. They offer various tours from fishing, wildlife tours to pure entertainment of going fast if riding the Rudee rocket. Make sure to check out when the various seasons for the whale tours & other wildlife are as they are seasonal contingent upon what you wish to see or do.

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This was our second time on the Rudee Rocket and it was just as thrilling and fun the second time around! Perfect way to see dolphins, have the thrill of being on a giant jet ski so to speak and cool down on a hot day by being DRENCHED!! The crew was great and the dolphins did their thing!! This is a must if you're in VA Beach!! So much fun!! To add for anyone wondering-I am not a huge fan of boats or deep water or thrill rides. I was fine on this and felt safe and had a blast!!

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We had a nice smooth ride, helped by great weather and an expert captain/helmsman. We saw lots of dolphins on the 4pm tour. The sun was bright and hot but there is shade on the boat if you go downstairs or move with it. There are also slushies and other refreshments to help you cool off They maneuvered the boat to give all sides a chance to get some views and pictures/video. I would definitely do it again

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Great guy trip for the hubbs, our brothers and some of their friends. It was my brother's 40th birthday and he loves to fish. Everyone had a great time and everyone they associated with at Rudee Tours was great!!

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Amazing experience from visiting their website to leaving their parking lot. Spent a beautiful Saturday morning dolphin watching up to the Cape and got great view of both Lighthouses. Many sightings too! Folks in office were very helpful and had great tips! Boat crew was funnie, informative, and gave us a great ride. All brave soldiers should sit first couple rows and enjoy the great views with rockin tunes

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One of the best tour groups in the area. From speed boats, fishing boats, to large whale watching boats you cannot go wrong with Rudee tours. The crew is all friendly and knowledgeable there is nothing that you will see on your tour that they cannot inform you about. Parking goes quickly so be sure to check in early because the boats do depart on time. Tours have varying lengths to suit your schedule. Don't forget to tip the crew and enjoy the ride. Happy Adventuring Yeeps!!!

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Great for the family Souvenirs on board The people were friendly, and the boat turned so everyone could have a view of the (sea creatures) dolphins It was a peaceful and incredible adventure A must-do in my book!

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Had a great experience on the speed boat. Dolphins were super close and Wes and his buddy were great. Would do it again for sure. Bring good fitting goggles for the kids

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I had a really good time aboard. The captain definitely put us on the fish and I love how he came on the speaker to talk to us instead of just blowing the horn like other boats do. He updated it's on what he saw on the fish finder and when we would move to the next spot. The mates were very vigilant and quick to help when needed. I can't remember their names but one came around with a remora stories caught to show us. Such a gorgeous fish. They have so much patience and untangled so many of us that day. I'm looking forward to my next trip with them in a couple weeks

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With arguably the absolute best location Virginia Beach has to offer, Rudee Tours allows visitors to get up close and personal with dolphins using its wide array of sea-faring vessels that travel in and out of the Rudee Inlet. Located in the only inlet like it on the East Coast, boats such as the most popular Rudee Flipper will take you to the best dolphin sighting areas as close as 3 minutes away from its dock. Flipper is a 65 ft long, 28 ft wide South Sea Catamaran that includes two restrooms, climate-controlled cabins, handicap accessibility, as well as food and adult beverage bars.

During a tour, any aquatic aficionado or thrill-seeking vacationer can enjoy 90 minutes of narrated travel in which all of the sea-experienced staff will answer any questions you may have about the boat, the area, or most importantly, the dolphins. Rudee Tours is so sure that you will see a dolphin during one of their 5 daily tours (every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day) that they will refund your money for the visit and set you up for another tour immediately.

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    I highly recommend taking a tour with Rudee Tours. We will probably do a dolphin tour this summer. Unfortunately I don't recall the name of this bird. But it was cool to watch. Helpful 0. Helpful 1. Thanks 0. Thanks 1. Love this 0. Love this 1. Oh no 0. Oh no 1. Janice T. Elite 24. Virginia Beach, VA. 210. 529. 18118. Jan 29, 2023.

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    This was our first trip to Virginia Beach and we LOVED the Rudee Rocket Dolphin Tour. Fun boat ride along the beach seeing the Boardwalk area of Virginia Beach from the water. It was so much fun to watch the dolphins. Plenty of time going slow to get some good pictures. Seeing a couple of light houses was an added bonus.

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    A dolphin cruise aboard the Rudee Flipper is the essential trip for the both the aquatic enthusiast and the fun seeking vacationer. Each 90-minute adventure is narrated by our marine experts who are ready to share their knowledge & answer your questions about the dolphins and the Virginia Beach coastline. Each cruise boat is ADA certified ...

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    Rudee Tours. Ranked #24 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Virginia Beach. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating. 74 reviews. Virginia Beach Fishing Center, 200 Winston Salem Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. P: (757) 425-3400. District: Oceanfront. Visit Website Email.

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    The Rudee Rocket is THE ultimate way to experience the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Cruise up the coast with your family and friends enjoying the salty air & wind while keeping an eye out for wildlife. Bottlenose dolphins are one of the highlights of these 60-minute trips, and you'll want to be sure you have your camera ready to capture them jumping and surfing in our wake. After viewing the ...

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    Rudee Tours. Ranked #24 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Virginia Beach. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating. 74 reviews. Virginia Beach Fishing Center, 200 Winston Salem Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. P: (757) 425-3400. District: Oceanfront. Visit Website Email.

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    When I found out about Rudee Tours I had to go and check it out, but with many choices of things to do it was difficult to come up with a plan. Rudee Tours offers six different types of tours with one of those operating with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.You can hop on a two thousand horsepower speedboat from the Rudee inlet out to the sea to view the marine life and the ...

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    Rudee Dolphin Cruise. With arguably the absolute best location Virginia Beach has to offer, Rudee Tours allows visitors to get up close and personal with dolphins using its wide array of sea-faring vessels that travel in and out of the Rudee Inlet. Located in the only inlet like it on the East Coast, boats such as the most popular Rudee Flipper ...