Nags Head Dolphin Watch Tours

Scientists run these dolphin tours as part of their research on these beloved aquatic animals, so you know this will be an interesting trip. Passengers will be able to see how researchers with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, a nonprofit organization, conduct their research and hear about some of the discoveries from more than a decade of studies and monitoring. Some of the hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the area show up so frequently they’ve even been given names, like “Rake,” “Scarlet,” and “Onion.”

Phoenix –  Nags Head Causeway // Kitty Hawk Kites/Whalebone

Located at 7517 South Virginia Dare Trail on the south side of NC 64 Hwy that connects Nags Head and Roanoke Island.  You will board the Phoenix at the Kitty Hawk Kites Whalebone Watersports site - yellow building with a blue roof.  Also available at this site you can rent kayaks, standup paddleboards and jet skis so make a day of it.  Next door is Fresh Fit Cafe,  serving breakfast, lunch and great smoothies. Book Now!

Safari – South Nags Head // Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

This is our newest and largest boat!  The SAFARI is in the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center located at 8770 Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, NC  27959 (some mapping programs find us at 98 NC Hwy 12, Nags Head, NC  27959).  This is a full service marina and ships store with snacks, drinks, souvenirs and tackle.  On Site are 46 charter boats and "head boat" to meet all your fishing needs.  Also, there is a NC Fish & Wildlife Boat Ramp for launching your own boat. Book Now!

Miss Bodie Island – Manteo //Shallowbag Bay Marina

You will board the Miss Bodie Island at Shallow Bag Bay Marina located at 700  N. Bay Club Drive, Manteo, NC  27954 (between Darryl's Restaurant and McDonald's).  Park in any non-reserved parking space.  We are at the floating dock in front of the pool and clubhouse area.  For added convenience to our guests, Stripers Bar and Grill is located onsite so you can enjoy a great meal or a cool drink on the waterfront deck before or after your dolphin tour.  Don't forget to visit Historic Downtown Manteo while you are here. Book Now!

A dolphin - Nags Head Dolphin Watch

Along the way, researchers will talk about their work and share their discoveries from their ongoing study.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

While the boat is moving, dolphins will be playing in their natural habitat alongside the vessel. Passengers will also learn about the pelicans, osprey and other birds that congregate in the sounds, as well as the ecology and history of this dynamic area.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch Tours are given twice daily on Monday and Saturday, and three times daily Tuesday through Friday.

Call ahead at 252-441-4124 or toll free at (877)FLY-THIS for times and reservations.

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View of a dolphin from Nags Head Dolphin Watch


Three dolphins - Nags Head Dolphin Watch

Adventurers watch and photograph dolphins from a Nags Head Dolphin Watch tour

Silver Winner for the 2024 BEST of OBX for Best Dolphin Tour

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