There is no better place to see dolphins than in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When you go on one of these Outer Banks Dolphin Cruises, you can view these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. For your convenience, we’ve narrowed down some of the best Outer Banks Dolphin cruises out there. Take a look below!

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Outer Banks Dolphin Cruises

1. Outer Banks Paradise Dolphin Cruises on the Kokomo

All aboard The Kokomo! This 40-foot, 40-passenger catamaran will take you to see the beautiful dolphins living in the Roanoke Sound. Since it is the location closest to where the dolphins live and play, Paradise Dolphin Cruises have over a 98% success rate of seeing dolphins on every cruise!

If you happen to miss the dolphins during your cruise, don’t worry! They offer another complimentary cruise for all of those aboard if no dolphins are spotted. While you cannot swim with or feed the dolphins, it is a beautiful sight to see them thriving in their natural habitat. Make sure to bring your cameras and a cooler for a fun day aboard The Kokomo!

2. Kitty Hawk Kites Outer Banks Dolphin Tours

For a more research-driven tour, check out the Kitty Hawk Kites Outer Banks Dolphin Tours. These tours are lead by biologists as part of their research on the majestic wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Join them on their journey to search for these creatures while supporting the nonprofit organization, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

Some of the dolphins show up so frequently during these tours, the biologists have gone ahead and given them names such as “Rake,” “Sequoia,” and “Onion.” Board one of the 40-foot covered pontoon boats and ride around the Roanoke Sound on a journey to catch sight of dolphins!

The trip around the sound takes about 2 hours while the researchers teach all those aboard about their work and the wonderful creatures they’re studying. In addition to dolphins, you’ll be able to see other wildlife of the Outer Banks, the Bodie Island lighthouse, and more.

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3. Captain Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours

Board the “Captain Johnny,” a 55-foot-long boat, and join Captain Stuart Wescott for a breathtaking tour in the protected waters off the Outer Banks. They have a 99% success rate on their dolphin tours, and they are celebrating their 25th season as of 2019.

If you’re having trouble deciding which cruise you’d like to go on, the Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise aboard the Miss Hatteras is a popular option! This tour combines a wonderful dolphin watch with a beautiful, relaxing sunset cruise.

Once you find the dolphins, you can sit back and relax as you watch the sunset over the Albemarle Sound. The tour typically departs two hours prior to the projected sunset time, which varies every week.

Once you reserve your tickets you will be given a scheduled departure time. Make sure you’re there on time so the Captain Johnny doesn’t leave without you!

Plan Your Trip

Be close to the best Outer Banks dolphin cruises by booking a vacation rental with Shoreline OBX! With many gorgeous properties to choose from, this trip will be one you’ll remember forever.

After a long day seeing the majestic dolphins, come home and unwind at one of our available rentals. Plan a week’s stay between May 26th and August 29th, and you’ll receive $250 to use on rented beach gear! Just pick out what you want, and we will have it waiting for you at your rental when you arrive.

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