5 Unique Boat Tours You can Only Find in Virginia Beach

boat tours virginia beach va

With miles of beautiful coastline and meandering waterways, Virginia Beach is home to an aquatic playground of fun and adventure. With unique coastal agriculture and wildlife, a maritime history the is distinctly our own, and two shorelines with unbeatable views, here are some of our favorite boat tours to help you explore everything Virginia Beach has to offer by sea.

Patriotic Excursions

With our unique military history, and as the home of many of the country’s largest, most-crucial military bases today, it’s no secret that the Navy plays a big role in our maritime environment here in Virginia Beach. For an in-depth look at this unique operation, as well as a detailed explanation of our area’s military history, it doesn’t get much better than Patriotic Excursions’ Captain Jay, and his military RIBS (rigid inflatable boats), used today by the Navy SEALs.

Captain Jay provides commentary as well as patriotic music as you journey to visit the different bases in the area. These boats were made to go 30 mph+ in rough seas, handling even the choppiest of waters with ease, so don’t expect a boring ride. This journey through our military culture is a thrill seekers delight, and you will definitely not stay dry as you’ll skip and hop over the waves as you go. 

We’d take this tour for the thrills and military stories alone, but Jay is also an expert at getting you up close to the dolphins of the Bay, As these boats sit closer to the water, you can’t beat the view. For an adventure around the entire coastline of Va Beach, from the Chesapeake Bay area to the Resort area at the Oceanfront, give Patriotic Excursions a call.

Pleasure House Oysters Boat Tour

Pleasure House Oysters

@salganz , Instagram

Lynnhaven oysters, once coveted around the world for their size and saltiness, were near extinction just 12 years ago. Thanks to habitat revitalization efforts—an effort the folks at Pleasure House Oysters helped spearhead—the river’s oyster population is thriving. You can hop aboard a tour where you’ll learn more about that success story and the important role oysters play in the river’s ecosystem and you can even taste the oysters plucked straight from the water beneath you.

The tour captain, Chris Ludford, wanted to give locals and visitors the opportunity to learn and experience what goes into growing and farming oysters, as well as teaching the importance and impact that they have on keeping the waterways clean. On his tours, you’ll learn about the history of the river that you just can’t find in history books. Since Chris’s farm is run solely by him and a few helpers, you can see the pure muscle that makes these legends come to life and land on the plates of oyster lovers from around the East Coast.

Virginia Aquarium Craft Brews Cruise

Virginia Aquarium Brews Cruise

@traceymn56 , Instagram

The Virginia Aquarium offers probably one of the easiest ways to enjoy the water with their Craft Brews Cruise. The aquarium has partnered up with many of our favorite local and regional breweries for an unforgettable, and decidedly local, experience. The tour, aboard the aquarium’s Atlantic Explorer is two hours in length and recurs monthly on the third Friday. Tickets can go quickly so make sure to reserve your spot in advance!

Virginia Aquarium Dolphin Watching Tours

Virginia Aquarium Dolphin Tour

@jfullerphotography , Instagram

While dolphin-watching from the comfort of a swell-side beach chair is one of our favorite pastimes, the best way to experience dolphins might be to get out on the water with them.  Hop aboard the Atlantic Explorer, a 90-minute excursion operated by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, for up-close sightings of the charismatic creatures, as well as sea turtles, brown pelicans, bald eagles, and more. Tours run throughout the spring, summer, and fall and are staffed by knowledgeable marine educators who focus on research, conservation, and responsible viewing practices. 

Rudee Tours

Rudee Rocket

@rudeerocket , Instagram

The Rudee Inlet is packed with options to get out and explore the waters of Virginia Beach. For a wide range of boat tours that everyone in the family will love, Rudee Tours is the perfect starting point. While their Rudee Mariner and Rudee Angler are great options for those looking to do some deep-sea fishing in style, they are also the home of the relaxing Rudee Flipper, the Rudee Whaler, which offers dolphin and whale watching tours, depending on the season, and the exhilarating Rudee Rocket. The Rudee Rocket , known as the greatest thrill ride on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, is essentially a giant speedboat tour along the coast that is a must for all thrill-seekers.

Virginia Beach Vacation Guide

Sign up for our newsletter.

Virginia is for Lovers

  • Privacy Policy
  • International
  • Accessibility

TripAdvisor Logo

Virginia Vacation Guide

The 12 Best Virginia Beach Boat Tours

Virginia Beach is one of the best water destinations in Virginia, so it’s no surprise that the city offers a wide variety of excellent boat tours that are great for the whole family!

A boat tour will give you an unforgettable opportunity to see bottlenose dolphins, whales, seals, bald eagles, seabirds, and more! 

There are a wide variety of tours available in the Virginia Beach area, as well as in the surrounding Hampton Roads and Norfolk area. Dolphin tours are especially popular since Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are quite common in the region. 

Whale-watching tours are also popular, particularly in the winter months when whales migrate to the area.

Other popular excursions include a guided tour of local landmarks like the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Fishing trips are also popular. 

You can even book a kayak nature tour, which is a great way to get an even closer look at the incredible coastal animals that live off of the east coast of Virginia. 

Below are my top recommendations for Virginia Beach boat tours.

Note:  This page contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, please see the  Disclaimer .

Top photo by Tony Cordaro from Pixabay .

Virginia Beach Boat Tours

Rudee tours.

Ruddee Tours actually boasts the largest fleet of boats in Virginia Beach! 

They offer a number of wildlife sightseeing tours, including a full-day fishing tour, whale-watching tours, dolphin tours, and winter wildlife excursions. 

Ruddee has a number of different whale-watching trips, including two-hour tours, half-day tours, and full-day tours.

The winter wildlife excursions give you a chance to gray and harbor seals, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, and seabirds. 

They also offer unique special tours such as Boats & Goats, which is a boat tour that also includes snuggling with adorable baby goats on board. 

You can also book a 90-minute sunset boat tour, with drinks and snacks on board.  

If you’re looking for more of an adventure, you can book a tour on the Rudee Rocket speed boat. 

You can purchase tickets online.

Virginia Aquarium Boat Tours

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center also has boat tours available. An added plus is that you will get to learn more about marine life from the researchers at the aquarium.

From mid-December to early March, the aquarium has 2-hour whale-watching boat tours, during which you might get a chance to spot humpback whales or bottlenose dolphins.  

They also offer a unique Sunset and Moonrise cruise, which gives you a chance to watch the beautiful sight of the sun setting as the moon rises over the Atlantic Ocean. This event occurs in spring. 

Another unique experience is the Ocean Collections Boat Tour, which gives guests a chance to help collect marine samples for research and study. 

Patriotic Excursions

Patriotic Excursions has the unique distinction of using boats that were previously used in the military. They use decommissioned, seven-meter RHIBs (a rigid inflatable boat) from the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.

To match their unique fleet of boats, they also have very special tours, such as the Special Ops Simulation, which gives you the opportunity to go on a Special Ops mission. 

They also offer a dolphin cruise, whale and seal watching tours, and sunset cruises. 

You can even book a boat tour bar crawl, which will take you, by boat, to some of Virginia Beaches’ bars.

boat tours virginia beach va

Virginia Beach Watersports

Virginia Beach Watersports is your destination for jet ski rentals in Virginia Beach. They also have a Norfolk location, which has jet ski rentals, as well as boat tours. 

You can book a  90-minute sunset boat cruise. They also offer a Watersports & Boat cruise, which gives you the chance to go tubing, wakeboarding, or waterskiing!

First Landing Charters

First Landing Charters offers charter boats that you can reserve for your party. It is a good option if you want to go on a tour as a group or family. 

They have a wide variety of tours available, including a sunset cruise and moonlight cruise. They also have a Seals, Dolphins, and Whales tour. 

First Landing also has a tour to Cape Charles, where you can explore more local restaurants. 

Other tours include Tangier Island for the Day, Oysters and Ospreys, and Crabpots and Carriers. 

GoKayak! Paddle with a Porpoise

GoKayak! focuses on, as you might have guessed, kayak tours. They feature guided kayak dolphin tours from First Landing State Park.

The tour gives you a chance to explore the Virginia Beach oceanfront and see dolphins as well as many of the other marine animals that inhabit the area, including bald eagles, ospreys, even sea turtles, sting rays, pelicans, herons, and more.

They offer three daily tours at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Each of the tours lasts two hours. No kayaking experience is needed, though you may need to do some paddling.

Note that the tours are closed during the winter months.

boat tours virginia beach va

Chesapeake Bay Pedal Club

The Chesapeake Bay Pedal Club focuses on fun. They feature a floating 20-passenger Cycleboat pub. The tour travels through Rudee Inlet for scenic views around Virginia Beach.

The highlight of the tour is the 10-person bar with snacks and drinks. The tours are perfect for private events like birthday parties, and bachelor and bachelorette parties. You can also book a public cruise if you have a smaller party.

Chesapean Outdoors

Chesapean Outdoors also specializes in guided kayak dolphin tours.

They also offer other activities including stand-up paddle-board tours, bike tours, surf lessons, rentals, adventure camps, and more.

Moore to See Photo Expeditions

Moore to See Photo Expeditions specializes in private boat tours and eco-tours in some of the more secluded locations in the Virginia Beach area. 

One of the available nature tours is North Landing R., which explores the secluded North Landing River and surrounding marshlands. 

Another tour option is Picnic on the River, which includes a quiet river location where you can enjoy a picnic basket full of fruits, meats and cheeses, bread, crackers, pasta salad, and water.

You can also book a private sunrise and sunset tour. 

They offer a large number of other unique tours, including: 

  • Great Bridge Battle – learn about the history of the area on a trip to the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways Historic Park.
  • Back Bay – get a chance to see hundreds of birds, plus marine mammals and reptiles of the region. 
  • River Crab Feast – enjoy a boat tour, plus a feast of steamed Blue Crabs, locally caught in Back Bay and Currituck Sound.
  • Winter Eagle Tours – get a chance to see the majestic bald eagles that migrate to the area each winter!
  • Birds & Brunch – visit an island rookery with over 2,000 pairs of nesting birds!

Pleasure House Oysters Boat Tour

Pleasure House Oysters Boat Tour offers a very different kind of boat tour: you get the chance to tour an actual oyster farm along the Lynnhaven River!

There are three main tours you can choose from: The Chef’s Table Tour lasts about three to four hours, and includes either lunch or dinner, plus a sampling of locally sourced oysters.

You can bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with this very unique experience. You also get a chance to learn about the local wildlife and waterways.

Pleasure House Oysters Boat Tour also offers a Tasting Tour of the local oysters.

For those really interested in a hands-on experience, the Waterman Tour gives guests a chance to wade into the riverbed and pick up oysters and other marine animals like crabs and eels. This tour option also includes the Tasting Tour experience.

You can purchase tickets by calling.

Noah Genda Cruises

Noah Genda Cruises comes with a cute and clever name. They offer private tours on a pontoon boat, under the helm of a U.S. Coast Guard captain who has been exploring the Virginia Beach waters for nearly 50 years!

Some of the available tours include sunset and dinner tours, dolphin tours, Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay tours, a boat trip to Seashore State Park, and shelling on the Eastern Shore. 

Jolie Luxury Party and Cruises

If you are looking for a party boat, then Jolie Luxury Party and Cruises offers just the thing. Their tours can include a water slide, tubing, jet skis, and more!

You can also relax with a lunch grilled right onboard the ship, plus you can enjoy other snacks and drinks. It is a great choice for parties. 

Learn more about the best activities near Virginia Beach!

Go swimming with dolphins in Virginia Beach

Rudee Dolphin Tours - one of the best ways to swim with dolphins in Virginia Beach

Go on an Epic Day Trip from Virginia Beach

Colonial Williamsburg - one of the best day trips from Virginia Beach

Discover the best coffee in Virginia Beach

Fathom Coffee on Virginia Beach

Go on a winery tour near Virginia Beach

Winery

Check out the top things to do in Virginia Beach in Winter

Whale breaching

  • Membership Become a Member Membership Information
  • Give Give Today Why Give? How to Give Recognition

Following the City of Virginia Beach's parking schedule for the resort season, the City will resume charging a $5 daily parking fee in Aquarium lots beginning April 1. Members can enjoy free parking year-round!

Dolphin Leaping Out of Water On Dolphin Tour

Dolphin Watching Boat Tours

Dolphin watching season has begun on the Atlantic Explorer!  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.

Our Dolphin Watching Tour Boats

Dolphin swimming in front of the Atlantic Explorer.

Atlantic Explorer

The Atlantic Explorer welcomes guests of all ages and abilities for a 90-minute excursion along Virginia's coastline.

Dolphin swimming in front of the Atlantic Scout.

Atlantic Scout

Check back later this spring for information on our upcoming Scout tours! The Atlantic Scout offers a 70-minute low-riding experience for guests ages 6 and older to enjoy a closer look at marine wildlife.

  • Private Group Charters

Adult (12+)  | $28.95

Youth (3-11) | $22.95

Child (0-2) | Free

Adult (12+)  | $26.95

Youth (3-11) | $20.95

Adult (12+)  | $24

Youth (3-11) | $20

Adult | $24

Student | $20

Charter |  $1,200

Charge Per Guest After 50 Guests |  $24 Each

No child rate available for private group charters.

Atlantic Explorer Tour Schedule

  • March 16-April 30
  • Spring Break
  • May 1-May 24
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • May 28-June 14
  • June 15-August 17
  • August 18-August 30
  • Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2:00pm

Saturday & Sunday | 11:00am, 2:00pm

Northern Virginia (March 24-30)

Wednesday through Sunday | 11:00am, 2:00pm

Local (March 30-April 6)

Daily | 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday | 2:00pm

Saturday | 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm

Sunday | 11:00am, 2:00pm

May 25-May 27

Daily | 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm (No 6:00pm tour on May 27)

Daily | 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm

Wednesday & Saturday | Additional tours at 6:00pm

August 31-September 2

Daily | 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm (No 6:00pm on September 2)

What to Expect

What to expect on atlantic explorer tours.

  • 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.

What to Expect on Atlantic Scout Tours

  • Guests ages 6 and up are welcome.
  • Guest capacity is 38.
  • Restrooms are available for urgent use only.
  • Guests must be able to navigate stairs.

Have Questions?

Learn more about our Boat Tours on our FAQs page!

Specialty Boat Tours

Join us for other unique boat tours throughout the year! 

The Atlantic Scout boat cruises through Owls Creek.

Owls Creek Marsh Cruise

Search for osprey, eagles, herons, and other wildlife during this 45-minute boat trip for ages 6 and up on the Atlantic Scout. Join us as we slowly cruise and explore the native habitat and fauna that makes Owls Creek and Lake Rudee, one of Virginia Beach’s most valuable natural resources.

About Owls Creek Marsh Cruises

  • Schedule April 20-May 31

$19.95 per guest (tours welcoming ages 6 and up). 

Tuesday & Thursday | 11:00am

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00pm, 2:30pm 

Additional 12:00pm tours on April 23 and April 25

A whale breachs in front of the Virginia Beach coastline.

Whale Watching Tours

Our whale watching season has concluded. Check back in fall 2024 for information on our next whale season!  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.

Responsible Whale Watching

Whale SENSE Atlantic Region 2024 logo with whale tail and boat.

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.

AMMPA Logo

Checkout our 2 other locations! Northeast VA Beach · Norfolk (East Beach)

Virginia Beach Watersports

VIRGINIA BEACH WATERSPORTS

Jet ski · watersports · pontoon boat rentals · sunset boat cruises, click here for jet ski rentals at our norfolk location, let us make your vacation unforgettable.

  • Most Popular
  • User Must be 18+ to rent/operate
  • Hour Glass 40 Minutes

Jet Ski Rentals, Va Beach Location

These Waverunners are equipped for one driver and one passenger and come with the best features to make your experience safe and fun!

  • User All ages
  • Hour Glass 4 hours

Pontoon Boat Rentals, Va Beach Location

Rent a pontoon boat for a four-hour adventure exploring the serene back bay of Sandbridge. With seating for up to 10 passengers, you can swim and relax while taking in the scenic views of the local wildlife. Basic safety equipment and instructions are provided, making it an enjoyable and safe experience for all.

No towable sports allowed on the pontoon rentals (if you would like to participate in towable sports, please check out our watersports & boat cruise option)!

  • Hour Glass 1-2 hours

Watersports & Boat Cruise, Va Beach location

As part of your Watersports package, you will have the opportunity to try a number of popular watersports options such as Tubing, Wake boarding and Water skiing.

  • Hour Glass 1.5 hours

Sunset Boat Cruise, Va Beach location

During your 1.5 hour sunset cruise, you will cruise with an incredible view and your choice of music to set the mood the way you’d like!

Virginia Beach Watersports is a family owned and operated business! Jonathan and Bethany Picking opened Virginia Beach Watersports in 2019! We are approaching our 4th season in business this year and have 2 NEW locations! Check out our sister location, Norfolk Watersports! We love all things summer, family and watersports! We strive to make our customers feel like family. We have grown to love our customers like family and we love seeing your faces every summer! Our dog Thor is pretty excited to see y’all too! We strive to give your family an experience that you will never forget and provide memories that will last a lifetime, all while having a 100% safety record, of course! See y’all out on the water!

a group of people in a boat on a body of water

Highly Recommended Watersports in Virginia Beach ★★★★★

Highlight of our trip! The boat was beautiful, the staff courteous and knowledgeable. The look of joy and happiness on the kids’ faces made it worth every penny. Highly recommend!

Excellent trip with Captain Jon and four twenties/teens. Had a blast! Boat is beautiful and Captain Jon made the day fun for all. Worth every penny!

I'm a repeat customer and have always had great experiences using VA Beach Watersports. My kids still talk about Capt. John and his boat. I can't wait to do it again.

We booked a two hour watersports adventure with Captain Jon, aka Mr. Boatman per my niece:) We had a great time, he was professional, yet fun, joking and interacting with myself and the 5 kids I brought on board. Would definitely do it again for a longer adventure!

We had a great time tubing with Jon. All 3 teenage kids and both adults enjoyed everything about the trip. Boat was very nice and he hooked up our daughter’s music. Would highly recommend.

THE BEST Virginia Beach Boat Rides & Cruises

Boat rides & cruises in virginia beach.

  • Fishing Charters & Tours
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Water Sports
  • Boat Rentals
  • Parasailing & Paragliding
  • Waterskiing & Jetskiing
  • Speed Boats Tours
  • River Rafting & Tubing
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Chesapean Outdoors
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • GoKayak! Paddle with a Porpoise!
  • First Landing State Park
  • Kraken Sport Fishing Charters
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
  • The ranking of tours, activities, and experiences available on Tripadvisor is determined by several factors including the revenue generated by Tripadvisor from these bookings, the frequency of user clicks, and the volume and quality of customer reviews. Occasionally, newly listed offerings may be prioritized and appear higher in the list. The specific placement of these new listings may vary.

boat tours virginia beach va

1. Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tours

boat tours virginia beach va

2. Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour

boat tours virginia beach va

3. Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach

boat tours virginia beach va

4. Dolphin Kayak Tour in Virginia Beach Must know how to swim

Keep the fun going with other experiences in the area.

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk Buffet Brunch Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk Buffet Dinner Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Corolla Kayak Adventure

boat tours virginia beach va

Let's Go Sail the York River in Gloucester Point, Virginia

boat tours virginia beach va

Sunrise or Sunset Private Tour by Boat

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk Mother's Day Signature Dinner Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk Father's Day Buffet Brunch Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk 4th of July Buffet Dinner Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Norfolk Father's Day Buffet Dinner Cruise

boat tours virginia beach va

Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest Kayak Tour

  • Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tours
  • Small Group Dolphin Kayak Eco-Tour
  • Dolphin Kayak Tour in Virginia Beach
  • Kayak Dolphin Experience in Virginia Beach
  • Fishing Charter in Virginia Beach
  • Kayak Nature Tours
  • Rudee Rocket
  • Rudee Flipper
  • Capt. Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures
  • Moore To See Photo Expeditions
  • Virginia Beach Watersports
  • Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle
  • Pirate Parasail
  • Adventure Parasail and Rudee Inlet Jetski
  • Pleasure House Oysters
  • VB Boat Rentals
  • Patriotic Excursions
  • First Landing Charters
  • Long Time Com'n Charters & Sportfishing

Follow Us x

Meet the captain, fishing trips, sunset & leisure trips, other types of boat rides.

  • (757) 418-5611

Ready to Cast Your Line and Have a Good Time?

Sign up for one of our fishing charters in Virginia Beach, VA

Want to See Dolphins Up Close?

We offer dolphin watching trips during the summer months

Meet the Captain

A Day at Sea Is a Day Well Spent

We offer local boat tours in virginia beach, va.

The ocean is a sight to behold no matter how old you are. White sea foam, jumping dolphins and the setting sun are some of the best sights on the entire East Coast. It's one thing to view the ocean from the shore, but nothing compares to the thrill of a spectacular catch, seeing the coordinated jumps of local whales and dolphins up close or watching exactly how the sun sets under the rippling water. Ditch the shore and climb aboard a Double Play Charters boat today. For over 20 years, we've been Virginia Beach, Virginia's ticket for local fishing charters , thrilling boat tours and spectacular days of fun out on the waves . As lifelong Virginia Beach natives, we know the ins and outs of shore and ocean life. Whether it's your first time here or you're a regular visitor, we'll give you an unforgettable nautical experience. Book your local boat tour or fishing charter today by calling 757-418-5611.

There's plenty of adventure out in the ocean

  • Fishing trips : You can only catch so many fish from the pier. Reel in a Spanish mackerel, marlin, red drum or any other local fish during one of our open-water fishing charters.
  • Sunset cruises : When the sun goes down over the water, all your cares seem to melt away. Enjoy another spectacular sunset during our sunset cruise.
  • Dolphin watching : Dolphins are very similar to humans, If you want to see some of nature's most intelligent and social creatures, come join our dolphin watching excursion.

Why you should visit Virginia Beach

  • Exciting art galleries and museums
  • Beautiful state parks and historic landmarks
  • Delicious local seafood and dining options

It's Seabass season!

Fishing will be epic in february with our specials this month.

8 hours of fishing out on our deep wrecks up to 4 people $900, we are aloud 15 fish per person per day so come get your cooler filled with jumbo black seabass!!

  • Copyright © 2024 Double Play Charters, all rights reserved.
  • 200 Winston Salem Avenue,   Virginia Beach ,  VA   23451    (757) 418-5611

boat tours virginia beach va

First Landing Charters has been absorbed into Atlantic Launch.  Atlantic Launch will be offering specialized charters for groups up to 25 people. Visit atlanticlaunch.com or call 757.708.0707 for further details.  We will be honoring all reservations made prior to March 6, 2024. 

boat tours virginia beach va

Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of a gorgeous sunset across the Chesapeake Bay.

boat tours virginia beach va

Seals, Dolphins or Whale-Watching Tours

Spend some time with our local mammals! 2 or 3 hour tours available.

Moonlight-web.jpg

Moonlight Cruises

There’s nothing like experiencing the “ooohs and ahhhs” from the water.

boat tours virginia beach va

Cape Charles Escape

Escape the crowds of Virginia Beach and visit quaint and historic Cape Charles where you have your choice of several restaurants.

boat tours virginia beach va

Tangier Island for the Day

Just 55 nautical miles north of Lynnhaven Inlet, you can experience an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay that’s like no other!

boat tours virginia beach va

Ospreys and Oysters Tour

Sights include First Landing State Park, osprey nests, and a view of the Brock Environmental Center.

boat tours virginia beach va

Crab Pots and Carriers Tour

Enjoy seeing Fort Wool, Norfolk Naval Station, Old Fort Norfolk, Nauticus, Craney Island, the site of the Battle of the Ironclads and more.

boat tours virginia beach va

It's a Wedding Party!

You want to take your bridesmaids out for a fun time? Or is it a bachelor party? Or do you want to make it truly memorable for your wedding party? Any way you slice the cake, we say congratulations!

boat tours virginia beach va

Honoring a Loved One

Let us help you honor your loved one. We can take family and friends out to scatter ashes as you say farewell in a beautiful way.

boat tours virginia beach va

Full-Day Ecosystem Tour

Have an adventure and explore the Elizabeth River, Lynnhaven River and Rudee Inlet, where you’ll find the Virginia Marine Science Museum and more.

boat tours virginia beach va

Sunset Beach on Kiptopeke Tour

Protected from the tumbling surf, Kiptopeke is the ideal place for families with small children to enjoy the beach without the crowds. 

FLC-HappyHour-web.jpg

Lynnhaven Inlet Happy Hour Bar Crawls

Enjoy Happy Hour with a small group of friends and any of the many destinations along the Lynnhaven Inlet. 

BACK TO TOP

boat tours virginia beach va

Welcome to VB Tiki Tours!

Experiencing paradise in Virginia Beach.

What is a Tiki Tour?

Your personal and private island getaway... without the cost and time of traveling! Host friends, family, teammates, or colleagues aboard a floating tiki bar right here in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our 1 hour and 45 minute leisurely cruise on our tiki boat "Rum Shaker" takes us to the Lynnhaven River Basin and Broad Bay waterways all year long. Bring your own beverages and food, we provide the rest. Click on bookings to see specific cruise times and availability. Price is $55 per person plus taxes for 4-6 people.

At VB Tiki Tours, every cruise includes: 

Comfortable seating for up to 12 passengers. 

Coolers for ice for drinks and to keep your beverages cold along with fresh water. 

Access to surround sound Bluetooth speakers.

US Coast Guard compliant vessel.

A US Coast Guard Certified Captain to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

boat tours virginia beach va

What the Locals Are Saying

"Best idea to come to Virginia Beach ever!!!"

— Jenny L.

Winner "Best Beach Theme"

VB Tiki Tours LLC

On the Lynnhaven.

VB Tiki Tours

IMG_3243.jpeg

PE-Logo-White.png

ATLANTIC LAUNCH SMALL BOAT SERVICES

Welcome to Patriotic Excursions (dba Atlantic Launch), your premier maritime logistics provider. As a Veteran-Owned Small Business, we bring our passion and commitment to excellence to every project we undertake. We specialize in logistic support for both commercial and military operations, offering decommissioned US Navy boats that provide a stable and secure platform for the transportation of personnel and supplies. Our trailerable vessels are perfect for those who require a mobile and flexible logistics solution. With our excellent services and trusted experience, we are confident that we can meet and exceed all of your maritime logistics needs.  Combining our naval speciality vessels with our traditional 48ft and 50ft launches, gives our clients an unparalleled tactical and strategic advantages that no one else can offer. 

boat tours virginia beach va

Use of a REAL Navy RHIB

IMG_6016.jpg

Inboard Cummins 6BT 210HP Diesel

Mercury Bravo 2 outdrive with Cow stainless steel Prop

Arch with Simrad radar, chart plotter on 9  inch screen, protective windshield

VHF Marine Radio

Wing Sponson with protective bra

Meets or exceeds all USCG requirements

Patriotic Excursions vessels are recently decommissioned, seven-meter RHIBs (rigid hull inflatable boat) from the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. These vessels were used to support surface warfare and special operations activities in the Middle East and the greater Pacific Theater areas. Today, they have a different mission: to provide you with the advantages of either the RHIB Patriot, ‘Merica, or Merrimack.

IMG_0448.JPG

MEET MERICA

'Merica is one of our RHIBs with some special features that make her perfect for when you need an elevated platform on a vessel with a small footprint.

Simrad Radar & Chart-plotter & Fishfinder

On 9 inch screen

Upper Station with controls - great for tight maneuvering 

Saltwater washdown

Protective windshield

Cruises at 30 mph 

MEET PATTON

“Patton” is our 1995 Stewart & Stevenson M-1079 that serves as our mobile office, Tactical Command Center, and much more! Its four wheel drive drivetrain and central tire inflation system allows it to traverse any terrain with ease. Patton has its own generator, A/C, heat, VHF radio, WiFi, one-way windows, Command Board, multiple charging outlets, etc. 

EB647AB5-64DF-4ABB-AF16-110F3B1E3B92_edi

Meet Captain Jay

IMG_1008.JPG

7 years  as a SWAT medic with the Virginia Beach EMS Department, founding member of the Marine Medic program.

28 years experience as an educator makes him eager and able to customize tours and simulations for all age groups

Grew up fishing and boating along the shores of Virginia Beach his entire life

Licensed as a Captain , United States Coast Guard Master 50 Gross Tons

Loves fishing, and learned the tricks of the trade in places such as Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Florida Keys

“Coach Leach” has a keen interest in the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration process and loves to share that knowledge with others

What gives our captains an edge?

All are familiar with military and special operations

Most are current or former members of the public safety community, EMS, fire department, or police department

All have thousands of hours behind the wheel

All are United States Coast Guard certified

boat tours virginia beach va

Visit beautiful Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia beach is so much more than dolphin watching..

When planning your vacation, don't settle for a typical beach town. Not only do we have incredible views, whales & dolphins, and amazing fishing, we are also home to some of the most impressive military power in the world. Experience military history from the water for a one of a kind experience that can only happen in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA.

Learn more about Virginia Beach

Gallery The Versatile Use of Our RHIBs

boat tours virginia beach va

BACK TO TOP

IMAGES

  1. Virginia Aquarium Boat Trips

    boat tours virginia beach va

  2. Virginia Beach Watersports

    boat tours virginia beach va

  3. 5 Boat Tours You'll Only Find in Va Beach

    boat tours virginia beach va

  4. The 12 Best Virginia Beach Boat Tours

    boat tours virginia beach va

  5. Rudee Rocket Speedboat In Va Beach

    boat tours virginia beach va

  6. Things to do in Virginia Beach: Dolphin Boat Tour

    boat tours virginia beach va

COMMENTS

  1. Virginia Beach Boat Tours, Boat Charters, & Rentals

    Venture out into the calm waters of Virginia Beach for a boat tour and experience a bevy of local wildlife and picturesque views along the way, no matter the season. Outdoors. Locals Guide to Rudee Inlet ... 600 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

  2. 5 Boat Tours You'll Only Find in Va Beach

    For an adventure around the entire coastline of Va Beach, from the Chesapeake Bay area to the Resort area at the Oceanfront, give Patriotic Excursions a call. Pleasure House Oysters Boat Tour @salganz, Instagram. Lynnhaven oysters, once coveted around the world for their size and saltiness, were near extinction just 12 years ago.

  3. Rudee Tours

    Experience 'The Only Way To See the Sea" on the finest fleet of boats in Virginia Beach! Join us for Wildlife Watching Tours, Fishing Trips, Cruises & more! ... Not only do we have the largest head boat fleet in Virginia Beach, but our dolphin and whale watching boats are also the only ones with multi-level decks, climate-controlled cabins ...

  4. The 12 Best Virginia Beach Boat Tours

    Virginia Beach Watersports is your destination for jet ski rentals in Virginia Beach. They also have a Norfolk location, which has jet ski rentals, as well as boat tours. You can book a 90-minute sunset boat cruise. They also offer a Watersports & Boat cruise, which gives you the chance to go tubing, wakeboarding, or waterskiing!

  5. Virginia Beach Boat Tours & Cruises

    Experience the best of Virginia Beach by boat! Join us for wildlife watching eco-excursions, specialty trips, and more! ... Tours & Cruises Rudee Tours (757) 425-3400 [email protected] 200 Winston Salem Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Quick Links. Home; Wildlife Watching; Fishing; Specialty Trips ; Shop; About; Contact; Sign up to splash ...

  6. Boat Tours

    Following the City of Virginia Beach's parking schedule for the resort season, the City will resume charging a $5 daily parking fee in Aquarium lots beginning April 1. ... Join us for other unique boat tours throughout the year! Owls Creek Marsh Cruise. Search for osprey, eagles, herons, and other wildlife during this 45-minute boat trip for ...

  7. THE 10 BEST Virginia Beach Boat Tours

    26. Swim with Dolphins • Boat Tours. By ThomasSearles. Captain Bob was accommodating and makes you feel really comfortable for the tour, he has a welcoming personality and... 14. First Landing Charters. 33. Boat Tours • Fishing Charters & Tours. Open now.

  8. Virginia Beach Watersports

    About Us. Virginia Beach Watersports is a family owned and operated business! Jonathan and Bethany Picking opened Virginia Beach Watersports in 2019! We are approaching our 4th season in business this year and have 2 NEW locations! Check out our sister location, Norfolk Watersports! We love all things summer, family and watersports!

  9. THE BEST Virginia Beach Boat Rides & Cruises

    9:30am & 2pm Dolphin Kayak Tour: Enjoy the thrill of kayaking with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay with…. Free cancellation. Recommended by 94% of travelers. from. $68. per adult. 3. Dolphin Kayak Tour in Virginia Beach Must know how to swim. Kayaking Tours.

  10. Local Fishing Charters, Boat Tours, Dolphin Watching

    As lifelong Virginia Beach natives, we know the ins and outs of shore and ocean life. Whether it's your first time here or you're a regular visitor, we'll give you an unforgettable nautical experience. Book your local boat tour or fishing charter today by calling 757-418-5611.

  11. Virginia Beach Fishing Charters & Boat Cruises

    Rudee Rocket Dolphin Trip. Clock. 1 Hour. Users. All Ages, children must be 39" or taller. If it's fun, sun, speed, saltwater, and dolphins you're looking for - The Rudee Rocket has it all! Join us for the most exciting boat ride in Virginia Beach! Learn More. From$27.

  12. Virginia Beach Boat Charters. Virginia Beach Private Boat Tours

    Virginia Beach Private Boat Tours. First Landing Charters has been absorbed into Atlantic Launch. Atlantic Launch will be offering specialized charters for groups up to 25 people. Visit atlanticlaunch.com or call 757.708.0707 for further details. We will be honoring all reservations made prior to March 6, 2024.

  13. TOP 10 BEST Boat Tours in Virginia Beach, VA

    See more reviews for this business. Top 10 Best Boat Tours in Virginia Beach, VA - November 2023 - Yelp - Rudee Tours, VB Boat Rentals, First Landing Charters, Patriotic Excursions, Miss Hampton, Blind Date Charters, Virginia Beach Watersports, Electrified Marina, Outer Banks Vineyard Voyage, Norfolk Watersports.

  14. VB Tiki Tours

    Our 1 hour and 45 minute leisurely cruise on our tiki boat "Rum Shaker" takes us to the Lynnhaven River Basin and Broad Bay waterways all year long. Bring your own beverages and food, we provide the rest. Click on bookings to see specific cruise times and availability. Price is $55 per person plus taxes for 4-6 people.

  15. Dolphin Watching

    Book your Virginia Beach dolphin cruise online here! ... speed, saltwater, and dolphins you're looking for - The Rudee Rocket has it all! Join us for the most exciting boat ride in Virginia Beach! Book Now Learn More Tours & Cruises Dolphin Watching Rudee Tours (757) 425-3400 [email protected] 200 Winston Salem Avenue Virginia Beach, VA ...

  16. About Patriotic Excursions

    7 years as a SWAT medic with the Virginia Beach EMS Department, founding member of the Marine Medic program.. 28 years experience as an educator makes him eager and able to customize tours and simulations for all age groups. Grew up fishing and boating along the shores of Virginia Beach his entire life. Licensed as a Captain, United States Coast Guard Master 50 Gross Tons

  17. Virginia Beach Specialty Boat Tours and Cruises

    Looking for a unique adventure in Virginia Beach? Try one of our specialty trips! Sunset cruises, boats and goats, special events & more! ... Rudee Tours (757) 425-3400 [email protected] 200 Winston Salem Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Quick Links. Home; Wildlife Watching; Fishing; Specialty Trips; Shop; About; Contact; Sign up to splash ...

  18. 864 Winwood Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Virginia Beach City. Virginia Beach. 23451. Linkhorn Park. 864 Winwood Dr. Virginia Beach Real estate. Zillow has 48 photos of this $1,195,000 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,202 Square Feet single family home located at 864 Winwood Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 built in 1968. MLS #10526427.

  19. Rudee Rocket Boat

    The big yellow boat that generates a lot of interest all over Virginia Beach! The Rudee Rocket is a 70-foot long, 18-foot wide Ocean Rocket and is the only one of it's kind in Virginia. In fact, there are only a few like it in the United States! The Rocket is powered by two Turbo 3412 Caterpillars, 1000 horsepower each!

  20. Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Find Property Information for 700 Oriole Drive #225 A, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. MLS# 10526438. View Photos, Pricing, Listing Status & More.

  21. Virginia Beach Sunset Cruise

    Book a narrated, 90-minute cruise in Virginia Beach! Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. 90 MINUTE DOLPHIN CRUISES NOW AVAILABLE. ... Rudee Tours (757) 425-3400 [email protected] 200 Winston Salem Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Quick Links. Home; Wildlife Watching; Fishing; Specialty Trips; Shop; About; Contact ...