Calheta Beach
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Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

1. Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

Discover magnificent marine monsters in their natural habitat with this fantastic tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean. Finally get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard your RIB boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an expert spotter, you can really make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will also be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will beguile you with tales and everything you need to know about the marine life around Madeira island.  Marvel at amazing whales and dolphins, swimming and diving in their natural habitat. From your boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. With your friendly expert guides, you will have a truly unforgettable experience. 

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Madeira: 2-Hour Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

2. Madeira: 2-Hour Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.

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Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

3. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks. Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta. Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour. Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.

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Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

4. Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

Embark on a kayaking tour from Ponta Calheta and discover beautiful landscapes of volcanic rock formations, caves, and rugged coastlines. Choose from two different routes: Kayaking to Cal Islet Start the tour on Calheta Beach and head to the nearby Cal Islet located just offshore. See the rugged volcanic rock formations of the island including its many caves and high cliffs. Kayaking to Zimbralinho Beach Start from Calheta Beach and kayak along the coast to Zimbralinho Beach. Discover the beautiful coast of Porto Santo ánd its inlets, arriving at the pristine Zimbralinho Beach.

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Madeira: Snorkeling with Dolphins

5. Madeira: Snorkeling with Dolphins

Spend two hours snorkeling in the open ocean and encounter dolphins face-to-face in their own environment. Take in the stunning sights of the Madeira coastline as you go. Arrive at our facilities and suit up in your gear before embarking on a boat ride with our guides. Once in the perfect location, jump into the water, and hold onto buoys fixed to a snorkeling rope. Relax and be pulled slowly by the boat at the water’s surface alongside the dolphins. Enjoy a passive encounter with these majestic creatures that does not involve actively swimming with the animals. Our experienced crew will take the animals’ behavior and their eagerness to interact into consideration as well as the physical condition of participants before and during the trip. Enjoy the opportunity to meet these impressive animals underwater. Appreciate a respectful approach towards encountering these creatures and other marine life.

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Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

6. Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

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From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

7. From Calheta: Ribeira Brava Catamaran Cruise

Discover the southwest coast of Madeira Island on a catamaran cruise to Ribeira Brava. See coastal villages and towering cliffs along your journey, stopping for a dip in the open sea once you arrive. Make the most of a trip out at sea and see Madeira from a different perspective. Depart from Calheta Marina and head out to sea, hugging the cliff-lined, lush coastline. Pass by the beautiful Madalena do Mar and Ponta do Sol municipalities on your way. Arrive at Ribeira Brava, one of the largest municipalities on the island, and marvel at its football stadium, which is tucked in the middle of the valley. Stop for a spot of sunbathing on the decks, with a breathtaking valley view of Ribeira Brava as a backdrop. Cool down in the open waters of the sea, before returning to Calheta.

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What people are saying about Calheta Beach

Found exactly what I was looking for here. Indescribably beautiful. It was wonderful to snorkel with the dolphins. Great attention is paid to the safety of the participants. I am very grateful that the dolphins are treated so respectfully. The animals are not harassed at any time. This creates unlikely encounters that always come from the dolphins. Huge thanks to the crew Paula and Daniel and to the spotter - he has incredibly good eyesight and can spot the animals from land at a distance of 7-8 nautical miles or more. Thank you thank you thank you

Whale watching takes place without "hunting" the animals. A suitable distance is always kept, unless the animals come closer voluntarily. We were really lucky: We saw browbones, bottlenose dolphins, a fin whale and about 7 sperm whales :-) Very friendly and good-humored team.

Very great experience and very respectful behavior towards the animals, thank you for allowing me to be there

Exceptional moment !! We saw 3 different species during our outing. A feast for the eyes

The trip was excellent and the guide knowledgeable and friendly.