Water activity

Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

Activity provider: VMT Madeira Catamaran
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From US$ 37.42 per person

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a second cruise for free. Sail along the south coast of Madeira, and hoist the sails if the winds are favorable.

About this activity

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

Experience

Highlights
  • Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic waters off the south coast of Madeira
  • Cruise along the coast of Madeira by catamaran
  • Get a 2nd whale and dolphin watching tour for free if you don't see any cetaceans
  • Swim at the foot of one of Europe's highest sea cliffs
Full description

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. Be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you tour Madeira's south coast on a catamaran cruise. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. Also get historical and technical information for a truly unique experience.

In the event, you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a complimentary second trip.

Includes
  • Catamaran cruise
  • Crew
  • Live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the VMT Madeira Kiosk in Funchal Marina for check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  •  Please bring a windbreaker and sunscreen. In the summer, you can also bring a towel and swimwear to swim
  •  The catamarans are equipped with toilets, and a bar serving snacks and beverages (available for purchase)
  •  Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is cancelled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  •  Tours may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements, or in the event of bad weather. Should this occur, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 470 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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The boat is clean, the staff are helpful, informative and friendly. We saw two different kinds of dolphins. They follow their local rule of only viewing 1 pack of dolphins for 10 minutes, which is great to know. The way back dragged a little, as we had to return to the starting point, however it is kind of expected as we travelled quite far. The weather was nice so we picked a good day to visit.

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April 4, 2022

Really lovely and relaxed experience to do! We saw lots of different local type of whales and there was a small baby whale as well which was super cute! We were lucky to see a total of 8-9 whales. I saw some jumping dolphins in the distance but I don't think the rest of the group did as by the time we approached they were gone. Stunning views of Madeira included! ;)

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March 11, 2022

Brilliant experience whale watching. Saw a sperm whale broaching and tail splashing and a pod of spotted dolphins. The boat had refreshments and toilets. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is because even though we prebooked weeks in advance and got there early we were at the back of the queue and ended up with poor seats, there being an awful lot of people on the boat. That crowd also meant it was hard to see the animals. So for that four stars rather than five.

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November 1, 2021

Product ID: 57215