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All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

1. 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.

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

2. Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales and dolphins in their natural environment on a cruise with a dedicated crew. Powered by 2x 250hp engines, you can expect to cover larger distances than any other boat in Funchal in comfort. This means you will have the best chance to spot marine wildlife. Listen to informative commentary about the sea life of Madeira, as your crew and marine biologist guide make sure you have a great time whilst learning about the local cetaceans, fauna, and flora. Encounter groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles, and get up-close sightings as you speed across large distances in little time. Marvel as the animals splash about in the water and learn more about these amazing creatures and life in the ocean from your guide. Wildlife spotters work hard on land to find the animals before you set out on your trip. Depending on the species and sea conditions, you can get very close to the whales and dolphins, but remember, it is wildlife, and the primary goal is to be respectful of their habitat.

Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

3. Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Start with a short briefing from your biologist guide, which will provide information on the various types of wildlife you will search for on the tour. Set out in a speed boat with a capacity for 12 people. Admire the beautiful coastline of the island of Madeira while searching for various marine species. With a skilled crew, embark on a search for various species of dolphin and whales which are found in the waters surrounding the island. You are guaranteed to catch sightings of cetaceans while on the tour. If any species are not found, you will be offered a second trip for free.

Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

4. Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

Start you tour with a safety briefing and instructions by a marine biologist on how to swim with dolphins. Receive your safety vests and wind breakers, and start your boat adventure.  From the boat, observe marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea birds, turtles, and jelly fish. If you group spots common or spotted dolphins, and the sea conditions permit it, feel free to take a swim with those adorable creatures. With 29 species, Madeira is one of the best places in the world to observe whales and dolphins and the rate of success is very high.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,242 reviews

The boat tour was really unique. We saw many dolphins, two different species, which also swam very close to the boat. The crew was super nice and very competent. There was a marine biologist who really knows her stuff, who you could ask anything about the dolphins and the other sea creatures. What I also found very good is that the welfare of wild animals comes first. All in all a great experience...I can only recommend it!

Can’t recommend enough this amazing fantastic fabulous tour! The caption and the staff are super supportive and friendly, the staff who is also a marine biologist gave super clear and knowledgeable explanations on the whales and dolphins we met. And she helped us put GoPro into the sea to capture the videos of the whale! Sooooooo great! Was our best experience in Madeira!

Be prepared to take your shoes and socks off before boarding which are stored aboard in a dedicated storage. The captain and crew are friendly and efficient.

Very friendly staff, always trying to offer the best experience. We saw spotted dolphins and pilot whales. It was amazing and worth every penny

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