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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

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From US$ 26.39 per person

Sail along the bay of Funchal and get the chance to see dolphins, whales, turtles, endemic birds on this catamaran cruise. Admire the views from the Atlantic Ocean and make a swim stop in summer.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Sail to the world's second highest sea cliff at Cabo Girão
  • Admire dolphins, whales, birds and turtles from the comfort of a sailing catamaran
  • Learn about Madeira's thriving ocean ecology from an expert crew
  • Relax aboard a luxury catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer passengers than other whale watching tours
Full description

Look out for a variety of marine life, including whales and dolphins on a boat trip along the bay of Funchal. Board a luxury catamaran and sail to Cabo Girão for snorkeling or relax on deck. Learn about Madeira's wildlife from the crew.

Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the crew before boarding.

Choose from the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets.

Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal.

Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in the waters to explore the sea life below the surface with your complimentary goggles and snorkel mask. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of Madeira’s landscapes.

Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.

Includes
  • Guided dolphin and whale watching tour
  • Professional crew
  • Swimming stop (summer tours only)
  • Restrooms onboard
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Seeing wildlife on every single trip cannot be guaranteed
  • The winter program runs from November 15 to April 15
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1130 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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A very good tour with excellent crew on board to assist with any questions issues etc. Unfortunately a few of our group developed sea sickness which spoiled our trip a bit but the crew were very good with assisting, cleaning etc. We did get to see many dolphins and the crew were excellent in their efforts to spot more marine and bird life. A good trip and definitely recommended

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June 12, 2022

Unfortunately the dolphins didn't come out to play during my tour:( but the guides really tried their hardest to find some animals for us to see, even calling other boats and checking with spotters on the coast. They provided interesting information about the island, though, and were very kind/good at taking care of everyone during our ride back to the harbor when some people got seasick. Would definitely recommend the company!

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May 17, 2022

We had booked the departure in Spanish, and when we got to the boat they asked if English or Portuguese, they didn't even give Spanish an option. All the exhibits were in English, when it's not what we booked, no one said anything to us about it. For the rest all good. We couldn't see any animals, but it was a risk to take.

May 16, 2022

Product ID: 90069