• Tiffany Sutton

Virginia Beach, VA

A few years ago, Chris and I went up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This was the summer of 2017, right before the 4th of July. We were visiting with family and celebrating my parent's anniversary. One of the days on our trip, we decided to take a ride up to Provincetown, MA and go whale watching.

Most who know me closely, know that I LOVE whales. They're one of my favorite animals, and if I was working my dream job, I'd be on a boat everyday doing research on whales.

Provincetown, MA was the first time I had even been whale watching, and I absolutely fell in love. I have been waiting for an opportunity to go on another trip. Unfortunately, it was a few years until I was able to go again.

This past January, I decided to take a trip down to Virginia Beach, VA to celebrate Chris's birthday, my fiancé. Chris wanted to stay somewhere that had a jet tub in the room, so we ended up staying at the Schooner Inn.

The hotel was pretty reasonably priced

and had these heart shaped jetted tubs in the room. I looked at a ton of different options down in Virginia Beach, and the Schooner Inn seemed to be the best option for what we wanted.

With that being said, the hotel was right on the beach. We could open the window blinds in the room and see the sunrise, which was a nice plus since January at the beach is fairly cold and windy.

I had every intention of getting up early to watch the sunrise on the beach, but the weather was a little too cold. I took this photo from inside our hotel room, and then went right back to bed.

When looking into finding a great tour to go whale watching, Virginia Beach has two main options:

- Virginia Beach Aquarium Tours

- Rudee Tours

Both were similar in price, but with Rudee Tours, they offer a whale sighting guarantee. So, if you end up going out on the boat and you don't get to see what you paid for, then you can revisit another time free of charge.

In Virginia, with the whales migrating south for the winter, the best time to go whale watching is December - February. Although this time of year on the ocean is really really cold. So I recommend taking a warm coat with you on the boat, or else you'll probably end up spending $40 on board for a fleece jacket. I had brought a coat with me, but left it in the car because it wasn't too cold, and that was a BIG mistake. I about froze my face and fingers off, standing in the front of the boat with the wind coming at me full speed.

The boats at Rudee Tours have a ton of seating available outside, and also an indoor seating area. They also sell souvenirs, apparel, and snacks on the boat while you are out on the water. We decided to get a hot cocoa to warm us up, along with a hotdog and some popcorn to share. Overall, we had a really good time and would definitely visit the area again for another trip. I'd really love to do a longer tour, maybe one of their full day 8-hr excursions.

If you have time to visit this year, I definitely recommend taking a trip down to Virginia Beach. Rudee Tours is currently selling tickets for whale watching tours now through March 14th, weather permitting of course. Based on their current availability, there are tours currently being offered Wednesday through Sunday for their 2-hour excursions.

Check out their website for more information if you are interested!

Whale Watching - Virginia Beach | Rudee Tours

Here are a few pictures and videos from our trip!

The best tail pic I could snap on this excursion

After the whales come to surface, they leave a smooth patch in the water known as a footprint

I was able to get a short video of the whale surfacing and flashing his tail!

My phone ended up dying on the boat, so Chris had to step up and take over. The next two videos are a few clips that he got from the tour!

In the video above, you can see that the whale we saw was missing a dorsal fin, the fin on his back. You can also see the footprint left behind at the end of the clip.

The last video has a couple of clips together that Chris was able to get. His videos get a more close up look to the whale we saw. I hope you enjoy, and please let me know of any other whale watching tours you have been on and recommend!