Atlantic boat trips are a great way to get up close and personal with Cape May’s resident marine mammals. Here are three of the best dolphin watching tours.
Back in the summer of 2020 we named Cape May, New Jersey one of the most charming seaside towns in the US. While Cape May Beach is one of the best in the northeast, we now look offshore, for a unique experience to be had in the Atlantic Ocean: a dolphin watching cruise. Dolphins and, less commonly, whales are native to the waters around Cape May, making for a high probability that you will make a sighting and perhaps get some great photos along the way. We’ve compiled this top three list based on many factors, including the duration, value for money, health and safety on board, and the contentment of previous customers.
Cape May Dolphin Watching Cruise with Breakfast
If you’re a keen multitasker when you travel, then why not combine a trip onto the open water with a continental breakfast? Grab a cup of coffee as you begin the two-hour cruise, checking out the beautiful Victorian frontages of the buildings of Cape May’s shoreline as you pass by. Your captain will help you look out for the dolphins and you can head out onto the deck to get a better look. This tour runs from Mon-Fri. From $37 per person.
Sunset Dolphin Watching Boat Trip from Cape May Island
An alternative option is to come down to a Cape May marina late in the afternoon to combine not only a light meal and dolphins, but also the sunset into you experience. Grab a slice of pizza or a hotdog as you leave New Jersey behind and scan the water for pods of bottlenose dolphins. As the two-hour cruise turns back to shore, you can buy a beer or glass of wine and watch the sky work its way through the warmer colors until the sun has set over Delaware Bay. From $37 per person.
Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Dolphin spotting is not the only marine-based activity possible off the shores of Cape May: whales and other marine life are known to frequent the Atlantic in these parts too. This afternoon tour takes three hours to push further afield and allow greater opportunities for sightings. Your guide will also help add local knowledge and history to the experience, along with helping look for telltale signs of these remarkable creatures as they cavort and breach the waves. This tour runs daily. From $48 per person.