Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira
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From US$ 35.91 per person

Likely to sell out

Board a yacht to enjoy the beauty of the Madeiran coast. Look out for dolphins, whales and sea turtles, and go snorkeling.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese


  • Enjoy dolphin and whale watching on a boat tour
  • Go swimming and snorkeling to see marine life
  • Admire views of the beautiful coast of Madeira
Full description

Hit the waters near Cabo Girão in search of dolphins and whales on a cruise trip from Funchal. Learn amazing facts about the animals from your guide. Take a dip in the water and use the snorkel provided, or relax with a drink in your hand before your sailboat docks back at the Funchal Marina.

Set sail from the marina in Funchal, where you will board the yacht. Search for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment. 

As you keep an eye out for local wildlife, make a stop for snorkeling. Swim in the sea or use the snorkeling gear at Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe at 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

Alternatively, admire the towering cliffs and the scenic coastal landscapes from the boat while sipping on a complimentary drink served on board.

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sailboat, yacht
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soft drink
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Snorkeling gear
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Gaviao - Dolphin and whale watching trips in the Marina do Funchal.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • In case of cancellation due to bad weather, an alternative day will be offered, or a full refund
    • The sail will be used if there is adequate wind on the day
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 266 reviews

    Review summary

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    Overall great experience, great value for money. We saw a lot of dolphins but unfortunately no whales. The guide was very friendly, he explained a lot of stuff regarding the habitat of the dolphins and other interesting topics like the origin and the history of Madeira. They also offered a free drink and we had a chance to swim close to the Cabo Girão cliff which was amazing.

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    August 9, 2022

    The staff were very attentive from the time of approaching the ticket counter until disembarking...we saw dolphins playing, which was pretty awesome! The staff on-board were very knowledgeable about the island and gave great info. I really enjoyed my trip, pity I could not join again before I left. Thank you to All!

    August 5, 2022

    Great time! We were able to observe some whales very closely during this excursion. We were surprised to see that there were about twenty of us on the boat, but we didn't feel too crowded or too numerous (10 groins at the front, 10 groins at the back). Our guide's comments on the island of Madeira were very interesting, they are attentive and take the time to chat a little with everyone The swim was a little too short for our taste

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    August 1, 2022

    Product ID: 369151