Cape May Sunset Dolphin Cruise

JJC Boats

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Sail off into the sunset for one of the most memorable experiences of your entire lifetime at the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center.

See an awesome display of the most brilliant, colorful sunsets ever seen due to the interaction of the sea breezes across the bay. Dolphins dance alongside the boat as we completely encircle historical Cape May.

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.

  • 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.
  • The exotic and gorgeous Cape May sunset.
  • Complimentary dinner of cheese pizza and hot dogs.
This trip is perfect for a romantic date or a family get together -- great for any occasion! 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! Alcohol will be available for purchase. 
  • Souvenirs and various items will also be available for purchase, from teeshirts, jewelry, toys, hats and sweatshirts to disposable cameras, field guides, lip balm and sunblock.

Meeting Location

1121 Route 109 (Utsch's Marina) (Cape May, NJ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
122 Reviews Rating: 4.3 4.3 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Worth every cent
Mon, Jun 22  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This our 3rd time out with Cape May Dolphin Research crew. Our Naturalist Melissa was very knowledgable about the dolphins and other wildlife that we saw. The whole crew was very friendly. We have seen a pretty large amount of dolphins on all three of our trips.
Rating: 5
Great trip, sights, information and snacks
Fri, Jun 12  6:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Loved the trip, location was hard to find.
Rating: 5
Lovely evening for a cruise!
Sun, May 24  6:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I recently took our second annual trip on this particular boat. The 2-hour evening cruise was our second choice; the longer afternoon trip was sold out this holiday. Weather: bright & sunny, but very windy that evening; Atlantic seas seemed too rough. We thought the tour would be cancelled, but instead, the Captain's "Plan B" was to traverse the Canal and cruise in the calmer bay waters. No worries, safety is clearly first with these folks. Other tour boats followed suit. We saw only 2 dolphins - guess they hadn't received the memo! - but the gorgeous sunset, friendly staff and the other nice passengers made it a very enjoyable evening just the same. One very kind gentleman took our photo and emailed it to us! The ground staff, naturalist and Captain/crew did a nice job and made the trip worthwhile; we saw some interesting seabirds so it wasn't just about dolphins. The complimentary hot dogs and pizza were a nice touch. If we'd been traveling with small kids, those would have been a big hit, no doubt. Our word to the wise: BRING A WARMER JACKET THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED. The best viewing is from out on the open decks, and the ocean wind at dusk can be really, really cold in a tank top.

We think this is a very worthwhile and fun way to get out on the water, and we plan to go again next year.
Rating: 4
need to see more dolphin
Sun, Aug 31, 14  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Cruise was good , craws are very informative, i will go back and recommend other friends
Rating: 1
boat departure times are wrong
Sun, Aug 31, 14  6:00 PM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I have booked the tickets for 6.30 pm, but boat left at 6.00 I didn't used the tickets.

I feel bad about the way how it's being organized. Gps gives wrong address people are just roaming around just to find address.

Finally I don't recommend to any one . I lost all my money because of improper maintaince.
Rating: 5
Capt. Matt & Ron know how to please a crowd :-)
Thu, Aug 28, 14  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Best Sunset I have seen with my Family and the crew treats you as their family. thanks for the best night of our summer 2014. Will be back again and again. Plus they have great good and drinks pizza and hot dogs :-)
Rating: 3
Not impressed
Mon, Aug 25, 14  6:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The brochure made the Sunset Dolphin Cruise sound like it would be amazing so instead of going whale & dolphin watching we opted for this cruise. Was disappointed to say the least. We did not get to see the dolphins as much as the passengers on the 10 to 11 o'clock side of the boat. Thought the captain would turn the boat around so we could also see the dolphins, but instead he moved on to another spot where the same thing occurred. Towards the end of the tour we actually got to see them. However, we were unable to get any good pictures of the dolphins as they were quite a bit of distance from our boat. Which was disappointing since there was another boat who was also dolphin watching and they were up close enough to take great pictures. The only great thing I can say about this cruise was the sunset which the captain had nothing to do with. Should have taken the name down of the other boat as he seemed to know what he was doing...
Rating: 5
Tremendous memory with Kids
Mon, Aug 25, 14  6:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We got so beautiful scenic sunset with dolphines. It was so memoriable and fantastic.
Rating: 5
fantastic time !
Sun, Aug 24, 14  6:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
my husband & I decided to take a trip from Cherry Hill and hopefully enjoy a few hours on the water and see the sunset. We had been on the same boat last year, for a dolphin ride in the afternoon. so we thought we would give it another try. We had a great time, more than what we expected. The crew was wonderful, we sat up top, met some very nice people, and saw a beautiful sunset! Well worth the trip & the money.
Rating: 5
Family fun
Fri, Aug 22, 14  6:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The boat ride alone was peaceful. The kids loved the up close swimming dolphins. Captain and crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back next year!
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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 or drinks are not permitted on baord. We do have a full galley with snacks, soda, and triple filtered water in our signature reusable bottles on board, so bring extra money with you! Alcohol will be available for purchase.
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 pizza and hot dogs are included on this trip. Bring extra money with you if you want to purchase additional snacks/drinks at the galley. Alcohol will be available for purchase.
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). Remember that this trip includes complimentary pizza and hot dogs too! Adult beverages available for purchase.
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 per ticket upon purchasing.
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.


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 Society ( 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 ( 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 (WDCS). As a grant funded by NOAA's Whale SENSE & WDCS, 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, WDCS 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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