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From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. Be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you tour Madeira's south coast on a catamaran cruise. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world. A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. Also get historical and technical information for a truly unique experience. In the event, you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a complimentary second trip. However, if you only see dolphins but not whales, no refund will be offered.

Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

Madeira: Flag Ship Tour of Santa Maria de Colombo

Have a unique experience and climb aboard a convincing replica of Christopher Columbus’s original vessel the Santa Maria, built right here on lush Madeira Island. Enjoy a time-travelling journey back to the 15th century, and walk along the southern coast of the island before reaching Cabo Girão. There, stop for a refreshing swim in the azure waters off the coast. Keep your eyes open for possible sightings of dolphins and whales peeking above the blue waves as you walk along the Atlantic coastline.

Madeira Atlantic Festival Fireworks Cruise by Catamaran

Madeira Atlantic Festival Fireworks Cruise by Catamaran

Get the summer started in a blaze of glory and see the firework displays of the annual Madeira Atlantic Festival from on board a catamaran. Board the boat at the Marina do Funchal and then make your way along the coast to the Lido area. Return to the bay to find the best spot to watch the pyro-musical show. Avail of the open bar serving water, still and sparkling wines, beers, sodas and strawberries for your pleasure. Be amazed by the exciting performances that combine fireworks and music to create a magical experience, with the beautiful city as a backdrop. Cheer along as you watch the various companies compete with joy for a trophy awarded by public vote.

From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

Discover the most breathtaking views of the island as seen from the ocean. Sail along the coast of some of the major bays surrounding Madeira and take in the gorgeous scenery while looking for all kinds of native sea species. Start your scenic cruise at the Marina do Funchal, where you will board a spacious sailing yacht. Head out to sea searching for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. If you're lucky, you'll see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment.  Continue your trip across crystal clear waters toward the shores of Ponta do Sol Bay. Admire the beautiful scenery as you float along the coast, passing the stunning Ribeira Brava Bay, Calhau da Lapa, Fajã dos Padres, Cabo Girão and Câmara de Lobos Bay. Relax and enjoy the cool water as you make a tour stop for some swimming and a delicious lunch. If you're feeling adventurous, borrow a snorkel and visor and dive deep into the ocean to discover the underwater magical world.

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Look out for a variety of marine life, including whales and dolphins on a boat trip along the bay of Funchal. Board a luxury catamaran and sail to Cabo Girão for snorkeling or relax on deck. Learn about Madeira's wildlife from the crew. Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the crew before boarding. Choose from the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets. Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal. Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea. Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in to cyristal clear waters. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of Madeira’s landscapes. Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.

Funchal: Pico Arieiro, Cristo Rei and Dolphins Watching

Funchal: Pico Arieiro, Cristo Rei and Dolphins Watching

With a beautiful and panoramic view over Funchal and Desertas Islands , we start our tour at Largo do Miranda . After this viewpoint we go uphill to Pico do Arieiro at 1818 mts. , where we can enjoy magnificent landscapes and great views over Ponta de São Lourenço , Ribeiro Frio , Paúl da Serra , Curral das Freiras and even Porto Santo. From here we drive towards Santo da Serra where you will experience an amazing off road experience with an open roof surrounded by the endemic and also introduced forest. On our way back to the south coast of Madeira we’ll drive towards Santa Cruz with many breathtaking views over the terraces of the local farmers and amazing viewpoints. Here you’ll feel and discover the traditional way the Madeiran farmers live and deal with the steep slopes, in order to grow all their crops. Ending our tour , we’re going to stop at one of the most emblematic viewpoints of the island , Cristo Rei . After the Jeep tour, our guests will be dropped off at Funchal’s Harbor to start the Dolphin Watching Trip. Come on board the Catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours with strong possibilities of watching Dolphins in their natural habitat. During the trip, the crew will give you detailed information about the cetacean species that you are able to see.In the summer months there is the possibility of swimming below Cabo Girao cliff. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor. Our guide will accompany you to the different stops and viewpoints where you would have the opportunity to take pictures and videos .

Funchal: Cabo Girão, Wines Tasting and Dolphins Watching

Funchal: Cabo Girão, Wines Tasting and Dolphins Watching

Starting our tour with amazing views over Funchal´s Bay , we drive uphill to Boca dos Namorados at nearly 1000 mts high above sea level , where we will be able to admire the view over the famous village of Curral das Freiras (Nun's Valley) . From there , we’ll drive off road 4x4 Open Roof to Jardim da Serra, a place known for cherry production . In this village , we will have a quick stop in a typical Madeiran bar in a way to support the local community and economy . There you can buy coffee , tea or the very traditional drink Poncha (freshly made) . We will continue towards Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world with 580 mts , better known for its renovated viewpoint with suspended glass floor (2 € not included). Later , we finish our tour visiting Henriques & Henriques a Madeira wine lodge company , where our guests will have the opportunity to taste the famous Madeira wine (Sweet / Medium Sweet / Dry / Medium Dry) (included). After the Jeep tour, our guests will be dropped off at Funchal’s Harbor to start the Dolphin Watching Trip. Come on board the Catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours with strong possibilities of watching Dolphins in their natural habitat. During the trip, the crew will give you detailed information about the cetacean species that you are able to see.In the summer months there is the possibility of swimming below Cabo Girao cliff. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor.

Madeira: Cabo Girão, Wines Experience and Dolphins Watching

Madeira: Cabo Girão, Wines Experience and Dolphins Watching

From Funchal we drive to Cabo Girão, one of the highest cliffs of the World (580m), which offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean, Câmara de Lobos Bay and Funchal (2 € p/p not included). Afterwards, we continue through Serra d'Água on the way to São Vicente, where you will experience an amazing off-roading with fantastic views over the north of the island with many breathtaking views over the traditional terraces of the local farmers and amazing viewpoints. Then, you will have an unforgettable and sustainable experience at the main local wine producer, where you’ll be guided through the largest vineyards along with a professional wine tasting (1 rose, 3 whites, 2 reds- included) and all about the wine history, culture and production. A perfect tour inspired by nature and wine lovers, the relaxing nature with the flavours and traditions of Madeira will make this an unforgettable experience. After the Jeep tour, our guests will be dropped off at Funchal’s Harbor to start the Dolphin Watching Trip. Come on board the Catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours with strong possibilities of watching Dolphins in their natural habitat. During the trip, the crew will give you detailed information about the cetacean species that you are able to see.In the summer months there is the possibility of swimming below Cabo Girao cliff. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor.

Madeira Atlantic Festival – Fireworks

Madeira Atlantic Festival – Fireworks

The Atlantic Festival is much more than the fireworks that fill the skies with color every Saturday in June. The festival offers, for a month, a whole series of cultural activities that have their main stage on the street, particularly the opening and closing pyromusical shows and the Madeira International Fireworks Competition. The Madeira Atlantic Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year on the island. Each year, during the month of June, to start the summer season, every Saturday at 10:30 pm a spectacular fireworks display begins. The program is different every year, but you can count on fun-filled nights, full of music and entertainment, with the best drinks and regional food. The Atlantic Festival puts several countries in competition to decide who has the best show! The festival can be seen from Praça do Povo, right on the coast, close to Funchal Marina. But the best option is undoubtedly on board a boat. The privileged view from the sea is absolutely fantastic, from where you can see all the fireworks being launched from the Port of Funchal. The Atlantic Festival is much more than the fireworks that fill the skies with color every Saturday in June. The festival offers, for a month, a whole series of cultural activities that have their main stage on the street, particularly the opening and closing pyromusical shows and the Madeira International Fireworks Competition. The Madeira Atlantic Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year on the island. Each year, during the month of June, to start the summer season, every Saturday at 10:30 pm a spectacular fireworks display begins. The program is different every year, but you can count on fun-filled nights, full of music and entertainment, with the best drinks and regional food. The Atlantic Festival puts several countries in competition to decide who has the best show! The festival can be seen from Praça do Povo, right on the coast, close to Funchal Marina. But the best option is undoubtedly on board a boat. The privileged view from the sea is absolutely fantastic, from where you can see all the fireworks being launched from the Port of Funchal.

Sunset on a sailing boat

Sunset on a sailing boat

Discovery the natural and incredible landscapes of Madeira on a private sailing boat. Take the opportunity to look for marine life. Came and have a swim in the crystalline waters of Cabo Girão. Relax and enjoy the experience of sailing with us.

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4.6
(3,242 reviews)

Always love the Jeep experience. A must do for anyone visiting the island. TJ was a lovely guide, very down the earth, well informed and passionate about his work. The dolphin watching was so peaceful and a lovely touch!

Great experience with lots of dolphins and a short break for swimming - unfortunately no whales. Toilet on board.

Super good. Lots of space. Lucky with the weather and three hours was more than enough.

loved the history of the boat, lived the scenery, nice touch with the wine and cake.

Magnificent, we were able to see dolphins, what luck!!