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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

1. Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. On this relaxing sailing trip, you will be searching 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.  There will be a stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão. Here, you can see the highest sea cliff in Europe, which towers 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea. If you don't want to swim, you can simply admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered one complimentary drink onboard and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.

All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

2. All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

Your 3-hour luxury catamaran tour begins at the docks of the new marina of Funchal. Board the catamaran and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before setting off. Sail into the ocean to find dolphins, whales, and turtles. Spot these creatures in their natural habitat. After sailing around spotting dolphins, whales and turtles enjoy a 30 minute stop next to Cabo Girão, the 1920 foot (586m) seaside cliff. Here you have a change o go swimming in the crystal clear waters. After a quick swim, you will get back on the boat where you can relax and enjoy the views of the coast of Funchal as you head back to the marina.

Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

3. Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

Benefit from hotel or guest house pick-up in Funchal (pick-up and drop off outside Funchal is available for an additional fee). Then, travel to the mountains of Madeira and see the Ribeira Brava valley from an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters. Journey through the countryside using old roads and tracks used for forestry and farming. Discover some of Madeira's traditional villages, such as Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, São Paulo and Ribeira Brava. Marvel at views of the mountains and valleys from an open-top 4x4. Watch the colors of the sunset before a barbecue dinner at a local restaurant. Here, you will feast from a menu (bread, main course and dessert, 1 drink and coffee included) of typical dishes such as espetada - large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt and grilled over an open fire, then served with local fried corn. Sample bolo do caco, the circular bread shaped like a cake that is cooked on a "caco" (a flat basalt stone slab) and served with garlic butter. 

Private Swing Special place w/ Wine and Fruits 4x4 jipe tour

4. Private Swing Special place w/ Wine and Fruits 4x4 jipe tour

Watch the sunset on a rustic swing overlooking the sea on this private trip from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Enjoy wine and fruits and swing as the sounds of nature dim and the sun touches the ocean in shades of orange. After pickup, leave directly to a secret spot with a fantastic view of the sunset. With a glass of white or rosé wine in one hand and fresh fruit in another, take in the surrounding scenery as the sun sets in front of you.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

5. South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

From Funchal: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. From Funchal: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

A magical and memorable tuk-tuk ride across Madeira’s mountains, expect to discover and feel the magic of the best viewpoint Madeira has to offer. Going on this tuk-tuk ride, we advise the guests should come equipped with fully charged batteries on their phones and/or cameras to take some shots of their journey to remember later. Dare to be on a viewpoint 355 meters above sea level, an exciting journey showing one of the most splendid panoramic views over the city of Funchal Bay. This viewpoint is known as Pico dos Barcelos and is located in Funchal, providing a fascinating panoramic view of the city. This place was built back in the ‘50s but it was all its upgrades that made it popular amongst travelers, and locals. On a bright sunny day, it is even possible to see the Desert Islands from this great observation point. This hot spot provides a beautiful background for amazing shots, but also to enjoy a great cup of coffee while enjoying the stunning views. The journey will continue its course towards another great perspective of the island, located at an elevation of 1,095 m above sea level. The Eira do Serrado viewpoint, is located in the mountains in the city of Câmara de Lobos. A spot that shows a fantastic panoramic view of the valley, where one can see the charming village of Curral das Freiras, and the most majestic mountains as a backdrop. Soak up all the beautiful sounds, and mesmerizing details that nature provides from up there. This viewpoint/terrace was built in 1962, having had some upgrades through the years to make it even more inviting to all its guests. Why the name Nuns Valley one might ask. Because back in 1566, some nuns from the Santa Clara Convent in Funchal sought refuge in this remote spot whilst French pirates attacked and plundered their city. Surrounded by massive mountains, bursting with green vegetation, the peace and solitude that this place offers are undeniably one of a kind. The journey back will be just as exciting, with an expert driver/storyteller providing curious details and fun history facts.

Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

7. Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Machico, Caniço, or Funchal (including the port). Set off for the starting point of the hike - the Levada dos Maroços a hiking area in the hills above the city of Machico. Begin your hike through the beautiful landscape which is mainly composed of agricultural land and carefully worked crops, complemented by impressive views over Machico. Along the way, observe the local residents in their usual daily tasks, such as tending to their land and animals. Enjoy the opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors soaking up the typical environment of the island. If you are lucky, find seasonal fresh fruit for sale along the route which you can purchase for an appealing price. This is the perfect way to sample regional flavors in their place of origin fresh from the fields of local producers. The typical good weather of the South of the Island makes this hike a valid option at any time of the year. At the end of your hike, take the convenient transfer back to your accommodation or the port.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

We felt fortunate to have chosen this tour online. Marine biologists staff the beautiful boat and discuss the various species you encounter. The company is very respectful of the wildlife: if you happen upon a group of dolphins, they won't stay beyond 10 minutes so as not to disturb them. (Our tour got very close to a dolphin family with little ones, resurfacing and gorgeous to watch...) Unforgettably heartwarming. And even if marine life is not plentiful on your chosen day, rest assured that you will love volcanic cliffs and scenery and kindness of the crew. Keep in mind that the boat does hover for about twenty minutes to allow folks to jump in for a safe, brief swim: we wish we'd packed swimsuits. The local nibble food included in the price is delicious, and we highly recommend!

This experience was amazing! I highly recommend this trip. The boat is not too busy, so you have room for your own space. We rode for a while along the coast before we saw loads of dolphins. Then we had a chance to swim in the water for a while. The boat with well equipped with towels, drinks, etc. However, the highlight for us was how friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable the crew was. They were absolutely amazing!

Probably the best hospitality I’ve ever received, the guides were super friendly and the boat and its facilities were brilliant. We saw two species of dolphins but didn’t get to see any whales but that’s not something the tour guides can control, so overall it was a 10/10 experience!

Wonderful attentive staff. We were able to see dolphins and a sea turtle. Unfortunately it was cloudy so we didn’t get the spectacular sunset but that couldn’t be helped. Drinks were flowing and everyone had lots of fun on the boat.

Top quality catamaran with first class crew who catered for every need. Brilliant to see dolphins in their own habitat. Brilliant day and good value for money