Southern New Jersey is an excellent place to go dolphin and whale watching.
During the peak summer months there are a number of dolphin and whale watching boats that depart from Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, and the Wildwoods
While the whale and dolphin season runs from March to December, the peak season in southern New Jersey runs from June to September when the ocean temperature exceeds 60 degrees.
Whales are best seen in the spring and fall as they migrate to and from Canada passing through the NJ waters. In the Spring they feed in the cooler Canadian waters and in the fall they give birth in the Caribbean
Southern New Jersey tour operators offer several types of dolphin and whale watching trips. Dolphin tours are shorter and stay closer to shore, while whale and dolphin tours, are longer and go farther out in the ocean up to 20 miles, compared with one mile for the dolphin-only trips.
Ideal conditions for dolphin spotting is in the middle of the day during their feeding and traveling time.
When making reservations, please call ahead to make sure space is available. Also check out the extra amenities offered by the tour operators. Many of the operators offer free food during tours and have cash bars on board. Some permit dogs on board.
Atlantic City Dolphin and Whale Watching CruisesAtlantic City Cruises
The M/V American Star, 90 ft long boat with a maximum limit of 150 passengers, is set up for non-obtrusive, up close viewing of whales and dolphins. They 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.
Children under 6 - FREE with paid adult