Our most recommended things to do in Calheta, Madeira

From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

1. From Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching RIB Boat Tour

Discover magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat with this boat tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean and get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard the "rib" boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an experienced spotter, you can make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will inform you about the marine life around Madeira island. From the boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. 

Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

2. Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

A tour around the island, where you will learn the story of Porto Santo, and why it was so important for the Portugueses and Human kind. We will help you discover how the people of the island would live on those days with the constants attacks of the pirates and corsairs. A fun an excited way to visit all the island for all members of the family. Discover the most beautiful and well know places on Porto Santo and get to know about their history. You may visit: Calheta beach, Miradouro das flores, Zimbralinho, Morenos, miradouro dos morenos, sand dunes, Fonte da areia, Pedregal, miradouro da Portela, miradouro do Pico Castelo.

Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

3. Fanal Forest Exploration Tour + Sunset with Food and Drinks

Experience the Unesco Protected Forest of Fanal. The Mystical Forest with the ancient Laurel Trees, many being over 100 years of age. In this tour you can fully explore the forest at your own leisure. You can meditate, relax, connect yourself with Nature. Enjoy some Local food and other Homemade Food accompanied by Drinks after e.xperiencing the forest. After this we finish the tour by overlooking some nice views over Calheta and the Southwest coast by the area of Rabaçal and enjoying the Sunset from there.

Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

4. Funchal: Pico do Arieiro Sunset Tour with Sushi and Drinks

Our tour : We pick you up directly in your hotel or accomodation around 5 pm (6h30 pm on summer) and we go directly to Pico do Arieiro at 1818 metres of altitude where we can enjoy the Sun setting in the most beautiful settings with shades of orange, pink and red skies from above the clouds. Before the sunset you can walk around Pico do Arieiro for a while to find the ideal spot for the sunset or even to explore the peaks before it gets dark, go to some viewpoints on the area and then when you're thirsty, hungry or both, you will have a spectacular Cheese Tray and some of the best local wine ready for you to enjoy. We can always accomodate different dietary preferences if informed beforehand, we want you to have the best experience. After the sunset, we all join to have our great sushi dinner and you can stargaze for a while before our return. Stargaze with our own Telescope and check out the marvellous sky canvas and film it with your own smartphone as we have a smartphone adapter equipped on our Telescope. After you enjoy this experience we drive back to your hotel after an unique evening of sunset, dancing, stargazing and great quality of food , wine and beer This is the Ultimate V.I.P Sunset Experience and it will be an unforgettable experience as the ambience is unique. If the weather/visibility conditions aren´t the best we change the tour to the West tip of the Island, the Lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo in Calheta where we can enjoy a great sunset as well. Our Dinner: Top Grade Quality Sushi with sashimi, hot rolls , among others. We also have a Cheese and Charcuterie Board with 5 different types of cheese plus prosciutto, salami, dry fruits(pistachio, walnuts, peanuts) and seasonal fruits. Traditional bread sliced, crackers, toast. Tempura Shrimps, Meat Croquettes, Codfish cakes. We have vegan/vegetarian options if informed beforehand Drinks (alcoholic) : Red Wine, White Wine, Rosé Wine, Green Wine, Beer Drinks (non alcoholic) : Beer (no alcohol version), Coca Cola, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Soda. We can have different options if asked beforehand.

Discover Madeira: Full-Day Tour to Porto Moniz

5. Discover Madeira: Full-Day Tour to Porto Moniz

This dynamic full-day tour takes you all over the beautiful Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Begin the tour by visiting two of the island's charming fishing villages: Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava. After exploring the villages, continue along the southwest coast as far as Calheta, and through the mountains to Paul da Serra, the famous mountain plateau. From the plateau, descend to the north coast and head to the village of Porto Moniz, famous for its volcanic rock swimming pools. Next, enjoy a breathtaking drive along the north coast road to São Vicente. From this pretty village, you will turn inland and travel up through a lush valley region to the mountain pass of Encumeada and then finally to Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world.

Madeira: The Best of South Jeep Tour

6. Madeira: The Best of South Jeep Tour

Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Calheta: Private Charter – Aestus Luxury Boat

7. Calheta: Private Charter – Aestus Luxury Boat

Private Charter – Aestus Luxury Boat An Unforgettable Experience Moored in Marina da Calheta, Madeira Island, the Aestus is a modern and luxurious yacht that offers sea trips with fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy the south coast of Madeira either to the west or to the east from the Calheta Marina (Madeira Island). The most dazzling thing will be to enjoy the peaceful and calm bays, whose access is impossible by land, having the possibility to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets… There is also the possibility of sighting marine species, such as turtles, dolphins or whales. The trip includes snack or meal according to the stipulated time. The yacht Aestus ( azimuth Atlantis 50 ) is equipped with 2 double bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, an elegant living room and a modern, functional and equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, solarium at the bow and stern. Recreation area in the cockpit. Come with us to discover the south coast of Madeira Island and be dazzled by the island’s orography in contrast to the Atlantic Ocean.

Madeira: Private Sunset Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

8. Madeira: Private Sunset Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

Meet your crew and board the boat. Set off on coastal cruise from Calheta and the shore in either direction. Uncover secret spots that can only be accessed by boat. Experience the beauty of Madeira's coast on this private yacht tour. Cruise along the coastline to see steep cliffs and charming colorful villages. Dive into the water and snorkel through rock formations and schools of sliver fish. Pick from the daytime option where you can sun on deck or the evening option which allows you take in stunning views of the sunset over the sea. Jump from the yacht into the cool refreshing water. Watch the Sun dive into the horizon while the south-west coast of the island gradually lights up and the stars Travel in a well-maintained craft and have the use of amenities like towels and a cabin. Chill out with a fresh drink or sparkling wine served by the professional crew. Head back to Calheta

Madeira West Side Express (R. Brava, P. do Sol & Calheta)

9. Madeira West Side Express (R. Brava, P. do Sol & Calheta)

Discover the beautiful Madeiran Southwest coast on our captivating 4-hour tour. Journey through picturesque landscapes as you make unforgettable stops in Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Calheta and Paúl do Mar Specially designed to showcase the best of the island's southwest coast, during this half-day adventure, you pass by picturesque villages, contemplating unique landscapes with live information, comfort, safety, and fun. Make a relaxing stop in Ribeira Brava and go for a walk around the town for a coffee, or, if you prefer, simply contemplate the beautiful Atlantic coast with a special countryside touch. Visit the small town of Ponta do Sol, surrounded by banana plantations, beautiful mountains and the famous Anjos Waterfall. Explore Calheta and enjoy our man-made beaches, which perfectly fit the environment, merging the white, thin sand with the crystal water from the Atlantic. This is the perfect place to take a break and go swimming in the refreshing water. In Madalena do Mar, enjoy a free walk through the famous promenade or go to the local bars to try some of our traditional drinks like Nikita, Poncha, or Pé-de-Cabra. For this exclusive journey, our expert guides offer all necessary information to make this experience an unforgettable adventure along the gorgeous west coast of Madeira. No rush! Let us introduce a genuine way of doing tourism differently with a friendly approach.

Madeira West Tour - The natural lava pools of Porto Moniz

10. Madeira West Tour - The natural lava pools of Porto Moniz

This tour will take 8 hours including pick up and drop off from and to your accommodation. Upon arrival we will have a short introduction and I will go through the plan of the day with you, to make sure it is customised to your interests as best as possible! So come and join the West Adventure with us to visit Madeira's hidden treasures! An excellent opportunity for you to discover views you might have only seen in movies, valleys and mountains, that could not be any more perfect and our very own natural swimming pools in Porto Moniz! To make all this available to you, we will travel safe but super fun off roads! After introduction we will be heading to Ribeira Brava using the old fashioned side roads offering wonderful views to the ocean. An amazing opportunity to take some photos to remember. Then back to the Jeep, and to the Paul da Serra! One of the highest points of the island at 1400 meter above sea level, looking down to breath-taking valleys, forests, mountains, even to Calheta. Excellent opportunity to take a levada walk of about 30 minutes just before heading to Porto Moniz for a traditional lunch, surrounded by the natural lava pools. On our way from here, we will view 4 amazing waterfalls and also visit a black sand beach in Seixal! During our tour I will take you to many different view points to the valleys and ocean and I will introduce the local flora and history! We will drive on narrow and off roads and have lots of fun! Stops during this tour are: - Ribeira Brava (An amazing view to the ocean and town) - Ponta do Sol ( We will drive through this amazing village) - Paul da Sera (An excellent opportunity to have a lovely levada walk with amazing views at 1400 m high) - Porto Moniz( Amazing views of the lava pools) We normally stop here for lunch. This can be arranged on the day. - Seixal ( We will visit the volcanic black sand beach) - We will drive past 3 amazing waterfalls and will make a stop at the fourth on our way Join the adventure!

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What people are saying about Calheta, Madeira

Visit to the important places of the island and a very friendly guide who explains the history and other curiosities.

Brilliant, The driver was very informative, very interesting and drove with passion, quite quickly, but I enjoyed it

The tour was very interesting. The guide, Nuno,was very kind. Good organisation with a lot of Information.

Excellent tour to discover the island. very well guided by Matias and his faithful companion Sherlock

If you are considering this tour, take this as a sign to book it!!!! You won’t regret it!