Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

From US$ 41.71 per person

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a 3-hour catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a 2nd 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
Starting times 10:30 AM, 3:00 PM
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

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
  • Hoist the sails and be transported by the winds (in season)
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. If the winds are favorable, hoist the sails for a unique and unforgettable sensation. 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. In the event you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a 2nd trip (June to 15 September), with the added bonus that it will be at sunset. Get historical and technical information from your crew for a truly unique experience.
Includes
  • Catamaran cruise
  • Pick-up and drop off service
  • Food and drinks
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meet at the Marina do Funchal, Loja 9, 9000-005 Funchal , VMT Madeira (Catamaran Trips)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Towel
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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
  •  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 396 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Great trip away from the island with stunning views back. We were lucky enough to see both dolphins swimming along with the boat AND a sperm whale approx 20m from us who popped up to se what was going on. Emotional! Fun but unobtrusive commentary. If I'd remembered my towel I'd have swum with the fishes in the bay too.

August 5, 2020

We had to go out quite a way to find a pod of pilot whales. Then on the way back we encountered a large pod of about 100 spotted dolphins some of whom swam alongside our catamaran. Another discovery was of a giant squid, dead alas, which may have met its end in an encounter with a sperm whale, according to our guide. Sadly, no sperm whale appeared. Apart from that we couldn't really have asked for much more from the wildlife. This was a great trip. The captain and crew were excellent at spotting the animals and seemed determined to find them. My only suggestion would be that the captain or guides give a bit more information about the animals we might see and their habitat (apparently it's up to 1,500m deep just off the coast of Funchal), perhaps during the journey out.

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January 29, 2020

Great trip - free second trip if the wildlife doesn't show!

Despite a great trip and the opportunity to take a dip in the sea at the foot of Cabo Girao, the dolphins/whales were a no show. However, VMT Madeira offers a free second trip if that happens, which was worth the additional expense when compared to some of the slightly cheaper trips available. I took my second trip a few days later in the afternoon and we were treated to a turtle passing by the boat and a pod of dolphins that swam ahead of the boat for a good 10 minutes. Great trip, great staff and would definitely recommend - the insurance of a second trip is definitely worth it.

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September 15, 2019

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