Water activity

Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

4.8 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Scorpio Madeira

Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

Activity provider: Scorpio Madeira
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 51.86 per person

Go on a whale and dolphin watching trip with a marine biologist. Have the possibility of swimming with dolphins in the wild, if the weather conditions permit.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Private or small groups available


  • Watch whales and dolphins on a boat tour from Machico
  • Benefit of the possibility to swim with common or spotted dolphins
  • Learn more about the marine life from a marine biologist on board
Full description
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.
  • Boat trip
  • Marine biologist guide
  • Diving masks for swimming
  • Waterproof wind breaker
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Towels
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at the blue kiosk at Marina Machico.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Tours are subject to the weather.
  • Whale and dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed. If there are no sightings during the tour, you can try again another day without extra costs.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
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It was a great experience, we were picked up at the hotel by Pedro, very friendly. Patricia the marine biologist told us about the dolphins and whales. Unfortunately only saw a few dolphins because the weather was pretty bad. If it's not radiantly beautiful and warm, we can only recommend taking waterproof jackets and hats with you, because everything feels much colder by the sea when you're soaked. Thank you again Pedro.

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April 21, 2022

Very nice trip on a fast boat. Good sight. Unique experience.

May 4, 2022

Great. Mr. Pedro and his colleague were super friendly and helpful. We saw pilot whales, which at this time are more difficult to see and find marine animals, but we still had this privilege. A trip to be repeated at another time without a doubt.

December 5, 2021

Product ID: 392497