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Whale and Dolphin Watching in Cape May, New Jersey

The original eco-tour operation in Cape May starting in 1987, our whale and dolphin trips were the were the forerunners in exploring our surrounding waters, the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay for Whales, Dolphins & Birds with an emphasis on their interconnectedness to our eco-system and layering the experience by underscoring the importance of conservation.

Our vessels are recognized as Opportunistic Research Vessels utilizing “Citizen Scientists” to help our Marine Naturalists and Interns with our ongoing research.  Our passengers directly support, through their patronage, our research that has grown and expanded over the last 30 + years. Your fare makes it possible for our Marine Naturalists and Interns to continue the development of the Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue and our continued work with Photo Identification of Humpbacks and other Baleen Whales as well as our Clean Ocean Initiative Program. Our research, conservation, and intern programs operate under the umbrella of our nonprofit– Whale and Dolphin Research Center of Cape May.

Our experienced naturalist will guide all aspects of your tour, identifying and educating you on marine mammal and bird species, and any other wildlife sited along the was way, as well as historic structures and landmarks. Our vessels also have a touch tank on board filled with live local sea creatures, as well as a marine debris station and a baleen presentation for unique hands-on learning.  Interact one-on-one with our naturalists and interns as they share their knowledge and passion for the field of Marine Biology with you.

 We specialize in providing an outstanding educational and enjoyable experience for groups such as Seniors, Schools, Parties, and more.

24-hour cancellation/rescheduling required for refund.

Cancellations not accepted by voice mail.

Guarantee for all voyages other than the Sunset BuffetIn the event of no Marine Mammal sightings (whales or dolphins), you will receive a free return trip because we value your experience with us and want you to witness all that our Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay eco-system has to offer.

2 Hour Dolphin Watch

2-Hour Trip

Around Cape May

Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Coffee · Juice · Donuts

Come aboard one of our vessels for a beautiful start to your day and discover Cape May from a brand new vantage point, the Atlantic Ocean.  Our naturalist will point out Cape May Harbor landmarks, Cape May points of interest and Cape May historical sites from Poverty Beach to Congress Hall to the Cape May Lighthouse and everything in between.

Our trips depart at 10am

Adults- $35
Juniors- $25
(Ages 7 – 12)
Extra Child- $12
(Ages 6 and under,
1 free with each Full Fare Paying Adult)

 

2.5 Hour Dolphin Watch

2.5-Hour Trip

Sailing from Cape May & Wildwood Crest

Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Coffee · Juice · Donuts

Weekend Special
(Mid June – Mid September)

Our “Weekend Special” is an abbreviated version of our afternoon Whale, Bird & Dolphin Watch. Your experienced naturalist will guide all aspects of the tour, identifying and educating you on marine mammal and bird species, and any other wildlife sited along the was way, as well as historic structures and landmarks.

Our trips depart
at 10am 

Adults- $40
Juniors- $30 (7 – 12)
Extra Child- $12
Ages 6 and under, 1 free with each Full Fare Paying Adult

3 HourWhale, Bird, & Dolphin Watch

3-Hour Trip

Sailing from Cape May & Wildwood Crest

Join our experienced captains and naturalists as we scour the seas and skies for spouts, fins, birds, and other incredible marine life! This 3-hour adventure will venture out on the “search” for Humpback Whales, other species of baleen whales including Fin, Minke, or Right Whales. This cruise will also search for pods of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins along the coast as well as offshore super pods or herds. Other possible sightings include Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Oceanic Sunfish, Sharks, Pelagic Birds, and much moreBecome part of the crew, and set sail for a one of a kind interactive educational adventure like no other in Cape May.

Our trips depart at 1pm
Adults- $45
Juniors- $30
(Ages 7 – 12)
Extra Child- $15
Ages 6 and under, 1 free with each Full Fare Paying Adult

2 Hour Sunset Dolphin Cruise

2-Hour Trip departing at 6pm
Sailing from Cape May

 Complimentary Pizza and Hotdogs

Join our crew for a magnificent end to your day or as a prelude to an evening of fabulous music at one of Cool Cape May’s famous watering holes. Discover Cape May from a unique perspective, the Atlantic Ocean as the sun is setting. The Cape May Sunset Cruise is just as fun and easy-going as it is unforgettable with the unique backdrop of the Cape May Beaches, the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape May Lighthouse. Most importantly, as we encounter our local wildlife, both bird and marine, our experienced naturalists will identify and share facts with an emphasis on conservation throughout the cruise. 

Adults- $35 •Juniors- $25 (Ages 7 - 12)
Extra Child- $12 • Ages 6 and under, 1 free with each Full Fare Paying Adult

2.5 Hour Sundown Dolphin Buffet Cruise

2.5-Hour Trip departing at 6pm
Sailing from Wildwood Crest

Join us for our Sundown Dolphin Buffet Cruise featuring appetizers and light fare by The Fishhouse Market & Eatery! Board the Atlantic Star and immediately begin to enjoy the ocean and salt air. The Sundown Dolphin Cruise has a unique laid-back atmosphere that is guaranteed to bring out everyone’s inner sailor and let them unwind. 

Dolphins play alongside the boat as we completely encircle historic Cape May on this narrated tour. You’ll cruise by the US Coast Guard Base, Commercial Fishing Fleets,  Cape May Harbor, The Lobster House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Schooner “American.”

Then, as the sun begins to go down, you’ll travel through the Cape May Canal which connects the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay with the backdrop of Sunset Beach, the historic sunken ship, and the Cape May Point Lighthouse!

Enjoy recorded dance music throughout the evening. The Atlantic Star will also pull behind the Lobster House restaurant- join in as we do the “YMCA” together!

Enjoy our light fare beginning with our Chef’s carving station featuring Roast Turkey and Prime Rib with beautiful fresh rolls to build your own sliders.

Additional Selections include:

Sample Menu

Shrimp Cocktail |  Fish Tacos  |  Lobster Salad in Puff Pastry |  Miniature Crab Cakes
Pulled Pork Sliders  |  Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs | Fruit Kebobs  |  Crudité
Fried Mac & Cheese/ Chicken Tenders (Children’s Choices)

Your passage will include 1 complimentary drink (beer, wine, bottled water or soda)

Adults- $45
Juniors- $30 (Ages 7 – 12)
Child- $12 (Ages 6 and under)