Water activity

Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching

Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching

From US$ 34.79 per person

Enjoy the beauty of the Madeiran coast with comfort and stability on board a catamaran. Watch dolphins, whales, and turtles swimming in the surf. Head to Cabo Girão promontory where in the summer you can snorkel.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Search for dolphins, whales and turtles in their natural habitat
  • Take in panoramic views of the island from the sea
  • Explore the crystal clear waters under the Cabo Girão promontory
  • Enjoy a drink on our relaxing, stable and comfortable catamaran
Full description
Take a scenic sail in a catamaran along the Madeira coast.  See dolphins, whales, and turtles playing in their natural habitat. Throughout the year Madeira has different aquatic mammals journeying through its blue waters. Whether you come in summer or winter, the chances are high you’ll see one these amazing creatures. Stop for a swim during the summer season, and make use of the complimentary snorkeling equipment. Bar service is also available.
  • 3-hour Catamaran trip
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

The meeting point is Seaborn Catamaran office at Funchal Marina 30 minutes before departure

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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 638 reviews

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We decided to do a boat trip only the day before and booked a 3 hour afternoon trip on Seaborn online, based on reviews. It didn’t disappoint. The directions were easy to follow, the catamaran was clean and comfortable, the crew professional, polite and helpful. We were lucky enough to see several sperm whales, one of them at pretty short range, followed, to my delight, by several dolphins right by the boat. All were identified for us by the crew. The boat then moved to anchor off Cabo Girao where those who wished could swim. It was well timed - I think the swimmers felt they’d had enough time in the water without those of us who remained on board feeling we’d been hanging around too long. Altogether a very enjoyable trip.

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October 3, 2021

Excellent excursion, fun and knowledgeable staff, worked really hard to spot dolphins or whales, we did see a big group of dolphins playing around and they got us real close and stopped so everybody could take plenty of pictures. Went on to the swimming spot, crew super helpful, perfect spot for it, then leisurely returned. About 40 people on afternoon run, quite large catamaran, so was very comfortable, not too crowded, overall definitely recommend, great experience, would book again.

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October 1, 2021

A good afternoon and a very competent and amicable crew. We saw pilot whales and dolphins, who raced through the water peacefully. Onward to the cliff where, at the base, there was terracing - the triumph of hope over experience. A tiny cable car goes up and down. Great trip, and a welcome beer and rare whiskey were held the price of the (pretty grim) prices in Funchal. After feeling like pieces of sh1t for the embarrassment that is Brexit, it felt good not to be treated as such. Brexit - the uk’s ruin.

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September 13, 2021

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