Around Cape May Dolphin Watch Cruise

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Description

Bring the entire family and have breakfast with the dolphins! Enjoy this 2 hour cruise aboard our fantastic vessel at the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center as it positions itself for optimal dolphin watching.

Our new 100 foot long boat is specifically designed for non-obtrusive, up close viewing of marine mammals. She is the smoothest, most stable marine observation vessel on the entire East Coast, and makes an ideal platform for creative photography and stunning videos.

When we set sail, you actually become a part of the opportunistic research team. Careful instructions are given in the "spotting techniques" for particular species by our naturalist.

Enjoy:
  • The antics of man's best friends as they cavort and frolic alongside the boat.
  • Pelagic birds soaring overhead.
  • Historic sites as we encircle the island of Cape May.
  • Photo opportunities of seldom seen, rare or endangered species!
  • Complimentary coffee, juice and donuts.
With so many options, this trip is perfect for young and old first time sailors! After the trip, you'll have the knowledge to help save the habitat of these intelligent, friendly and family oriented creatures.

Dolphin sightings are guaranteed!
(If no marine mammals are sighted, your next trip is free).

Your voyage will last but a few hours...the memories will last a lifetime! SHARE IN THE ADVENTURE!

What Is Not Included?

  • There will be a galley on board, so bring extra money with you if you'd like to purchase some snacks or drinks! Adult beveages are available for purchase on board. 
  • Souvenirs and various items will also be available for purchase, from teeshirts, jewelry, toys, hats and sweatshirts to disposable cameras, lip balm and sunblock.
Upgrades available: Binocular Rental, Youth & Adult Tee Shirts/Sweatshirts (assorted colors) and hats.

Meeting Location

1121 Route 109 (Utsch's Marina) (Cape May, NJ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
94 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Fix the bathrooms.
Ronald_nj1 Mon, Sep 15  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The mens room was all wet. The sinks runs on the floor.
Rating: 5
Great fun for the family
APSUTHERN Thu, Aug 28  10:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Arrived for the first boat of the day at 10am. Got their early and was greeted by a friendly guide and the boat captain. The female guide was very thorough in explaing the rules of the boat and going into detail about the local landmarks, dolphins and wildlife in Cape May that we saw. My boys age 4 and 9 loved it as did my wife. They also serve free donuts and coffee and juice. Along with selling sandwiches and drinks. I would highly reccomend this if in the area and there is good wrather.
Rating: 5
Great morning boat ride.
GradyFamily Wed, Aug 27  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
We took the morning dolphin tour with our three kids (10, 12 and 13) and had a great time. Everyone on the crew was very nice, the narration during the ride was helpful and informative and the boat was very nice. Although we were only supposed to be looking for dolphins, the captain informed us that there was a whale sighting that morning, so we spent some extra time riding out to see if we could find the whale. He found it and it was a great treat. Saw lots of dolphins on therapy back in, playing right off the side of the boat. Great trip, lots of fauna stone well spent.
Rating: 5
Great trip!!
zidsan3 Wed, Aug 27  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
Went on a morning trip with 2 11 yr olds and had a blast!!! Saw a Humpback whale and plenty of bottlenose dophin! Great Capt. And wonderful crew to teach the kids about local waters. Would def go again!!
Rating: 4
Fun trip
Sweetness999 Fri, Aug 22  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
It was a good time, no too long and kids (ages 2-14) enjoyed.
Rating: 3
Nice boat ride but no breakfast included
madelinda Thu, Aug 21  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The boat ride is a nice sightseeing trip although we saw little of dolphins and no whales. We enjoyed just the ride and the ocean because we love that but the flyer said complimentary continental breakfast and that means a pixie cup of apple juice and an Entennman's donut. NO COFFEE, NO BREAD for free.
Rating: 5
great
cbentsen Tue, Aug 19  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
we had such a good time.the narration was informative and the sights wonderful.dolphins were perfect and beautiful to watch and hear,do again and again.love cape may.water a little rough going out,but smooth on the harbor.
Rating: 5
great trip
joscamaro Fri, Aug 15  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The staff was very nice and knowledgable.the trip was great.saw dolphins and a lot of birds.the kids also enjoyed that they got to touch some aquatic life.the only thing that wasn't great,was the pa system.we couldn't hear anybody at the front of the boat when it was running. Thankyou for a great time.and thankyou for letting us reschedule our ride..
Rating: 5
Very magical!
Ammodietz Mon, Aug 11  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I was visiting Cape May from the West coast. I took my kids (12-17) with me and we all had an amazing time! Our tour guide was very informative. We saw several pods of dolphins! It was surreal to witness all of the dolphins swimming so close to our boat. The free donuts and juice was a perk for my kids :) I highly recommend this tour! Great way to see beautiful Cape May and learn about the history while seeing so many dolphins!
Rating: 4
Good trip arround Cape May
klafreniere Mon, Aug 11  10:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Nice little trip arround Cape May. We did not want a long trip because we were with our little girl. 2 to 3 hours arround showing Cape May and the dolphins.
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What kind of wild life have been sighted recently?
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your spots on board because our trips do often sell out. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with either a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Book early to have the best shot at the day/time you prefer!
What happens if it rains?
We go rain or shine. In the event of severe weather that would result in the cancellation of the trip, you would be welcome to reschedule or receive a voucher for a future event.
Do you guarantee dolphin sightings?
Yes, we guarantee a marine mammal (dolphin or a whale) sighting on each trip. If you do not see a marine mammal, you get another trip for free!
Is this trip appropriate for children under 7 years old?
Yes, children of all ages enjoy our trips. Children have a reduced price, but all children must have a ticket in order to attend the cruise. Note that the first child 6 or under with an accompanying adult is free, but all other children must purchase a reduced price ticket.
Do you have life jackets on board?
Yes, we are US Coast Guard regulated. We have well over 200 life jackets on board. However, you are not required to wear one on our vessel due to its size.
Can I bring a cooler or food and drinks on board?
No, coolers, food and drinks are not permitted. We do have a full galley with snacks, soda, and triple filtered water in our reusable signature bottles so bring extra money with you!
Are there bathrooms on the boat?
Yes, we have both a women's and men's bathroom on board for your convenience.
What is the best time to see dolphins?
We see dolphins from April to October daily about 98% of the time.
Will the boat be stopping?
The trip is continuous; however, we do pause to watch the dolphins and other marine life.
Is the trip wheelchair accessible?
Usually manual wheelchairs are no problem and can be lifted on board. Electric wheelchairs, on the other hand, may not be able to fit on board. If you need more information, please click “Contact JJCBoats” and let us know details about your particular situation.
Can I take a stroller on board?
Yes, strollers are welcome on board (and advised, especially for children two and under).
Is the cruise suitable for pregnant women?
Yes, the cruise is suitable for pregnant women. Our boat is large so movement is minimal!
How far is Cape May from Wildwood?
Cape May is a 15-20 minute drive from Wildwood. However, you will need to allow a few extra minutes for occasional drawbridge openings.
What else is there to do around the meeting spot?
There will be plenty for you to do if you're interested in hanging around before or after the cruise! There are restaurants, vineyards, a lighthouse, Victorian architecture tours, and a great beach.
Is there a better time of day to see the dolphins?
No, we see them all day long.
How close can we get to the dolphins? Can we swim with them?
We get within 10 feet of the dolphins, and unfortunately you are not permitted to swim with the dolphins.
How far from the coast will the boat go?
You will see land the entire trip. This trip stays inshore.
Is seasickness an issue? What do you recommend?
Seasickness is only an issue if you are susceptible to motion sickness. We recommend using "seabands." We have them at the dock for purchase if you are particularly prone to motion sickness.
Is there shade on the boat?
Yes, we have an inside cabin that will protect you from the elements if need be.
Can I smoke on the boats?
No, we don't permit smoking.
Can I bring my own food and drinks? What about alcohol?
Unfortunately you are not permitted to bring your own food and drinks on board. However, we do have a full galley on board, and coffee, juice (apple), and donuts are included on this trip. Bring extra money with you if you want to purchase additional snacks/drinks at the galley. Adult beverages are available for purchase on board.
What kinds of food and drinks are available on board? Is anything included in the ticket price?
The galley on board will offer hotdogs, pizza, mini cheeseburgers, chicken quesadillas, pbj, snacks, ice cream, and hot and cold beverages (ranging from $2 - $5, cash only). Remember that this trip includes complimentary apple juice, coffee and assorted donuts!
Will there be souvenirs available for purchase?
Yes -- we sell teeshirts, jewelry, toys, hats, and sweatshirts on board. There will also be various items for sale including disposable cameras, field guides, lip balm and sunblock.
How much should I tip the crew?
They do work on tips, so feel free to tip the crew much like you would a server in a restaurant.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we offer gift certificates which make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Are group rates available?
Yes, groups of 15 or more will receive an automatic discount of $5 off each ticket.
Do you offer group charters?
Yes, we do offer private charters for all special occasions! If you're interested in a private group charter, please click “Contact JJCBoats” to let us know what you're interested in. Someone from our staff will contact you shortly.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

All participants must have a ticket in order to attend.
All participants, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to attend. Only one free child age 6 or under may attend per accompanying adult, and each additional child age 6 or under must have a reduced price ($10) ticket.

JJC Boats

The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center was founded in 1987, and we originated the phenomenon "Whale & Dolphin Watching"  on the New Jersey Coast.  In 1987, we began monitoring the species of marine mammals that come to this area to learn more about their feeding, migration, and breeding habits.  We've come a long way since then, we now partner with Whale SENSE as well as the Whale and Dolphin Conservation  (www.whales.org) to continue our research and to promote awareness of protecting whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their environment. 

The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center is a proud member of Whale SENSE, 1 of only 2 in the state of New Jersey, the other being our sister ship, the Atlantic Star. Whale SENSE (www.whalesense.org) is a collaborative, voluntary program recognizing commercial whale watching operations committed to a higher standard of whale watching.
 
It is such a privilege for the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center to be participating in research with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDC). As  a grant funded by NOAA's Whale SENSE & WDC, we were outfitted with cameras and GPS units to photograph and document the whales we see, and it's already been a huge success!
 
Using photo ID, WDC researchers matched whales that we photographed off Cape May, NJ to the Gulf of Maine humpback whale catologue and confirmed sightings of 2 young whales named Campfire and Esca.
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