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Madeira: Garajau Nature Reserve Kayak and Snorkel Tour

1. Madeira: Garajau Nature Reserve Kayak and Snorkel Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, start the day at Funchal Harbour where you will learn everything you need to know about kayaking before heading to the nature reserve. Upon arrival at Garajau, enjoy a 40-minute paddle towards Lazareto. Stop for a break on the beautiful pebble beach and take in the views of the surrounding rock features from times gone by. Afterwards, discover Madeira's native marine life as you snorkel through crystal-clear waters. In the event of poor weather conditions, you will have the opportunity to explore the sea from the safety of your kayak instead. Finish the day with a spot of cliff diving before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

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Madeira: Scuba Diving Experience

2. Madeira: Scuba Diving Experience

Your scuba diving adventure will begin with a short theory lesson about the practice of diving before doing a trial dive in the shallow waters of the swimming pool.  Once you feel comfortable and know how to handle the equipment, you’ll be ready for the real deal. Your diving instructor will take you for an exhilarating dive out in the sea to explore the spectacular underwater world of Madeira. The dive itself will last about 45 minutes at a maximum depth of 12 meters. At the end of the tour, you’ll receive a certificate of participation to make your next underwater adventure an absolute breeze.

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Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

3. Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

Join a surf lesson in the clear Atlantic waters off Madeira Island, and learn the fun sport for the first time or hone your surfing skills with an expert instructor. Enjoy the ease of a hotel pickup from Funchal, and be directly dropped off at the best surfing spots on the island. Kick-start your lesson with a warm up and a technical demonstration on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. Feel the cool waters beneath your gliding board, and the adrenaline course through you after catching your first wave. Enjoy the top surfing spots for beginners on Madeira Island, including Praia do Seixal, Praia de Machico, and Porto da Cruz, where your instructor will bring you to make sure you get the best experience possible.

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Funchal: 3-Hour Water Sports Boat Trip

4. Funchal: 3-Hour Water Sports Boat Trip

Admire beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and high cliffs on a 3-hour journey around Madeira's South Coast aboard a boat. Set off from Funchal Bay to admire panoramic views of Madeira. Jump off to snorkel in the blue waters near Cabo Girão before cruising by the impressive Câmara de Lobos Bay. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze as you make your way to the spectacular Fajã dos Padres. There, you'll be given safety instructions and a life jacket before climbing onto an inflatable and towable tube or into a wakeboard to be zoomed across the waters led by a speedboat. End your journey pumped full of adrenaline to continue your Madeira adventure.

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Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

5. Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

Look for whales and dolphins and discover other marine life off the beautiful Ponta de São Lourenço coast in Madeira on a small-group boat tour with a crew of marine biologists. Climb aboard the 300 hp engine boat with a sleek design and listen to informative commentary about the sea life and places of interest of Madeira as you start the trip. Encounter different groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles in the water. Marvel as the animals breach and splash about in the water and learn amazing facts about them from your marine biologists guide. See endemic marine birds and get up-close to the unique rock formations on the coast as you speed across large distances in little time. If you are visiting in summer, get the chance to snorkel and swim in Ponta de São Lourenço.

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Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

6. Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

"Coasteering" is a sports activity that allows one to progress along the coast, whether along a beach or a cliff. Along the way you can make use of swimming, diving, snorkeling, climbing, traveling through caves or tunnels, and jumping into the water. Madeira has excellent conditions for this sport due to its lava and rocks shores, allowing visitors to swim in the crystal clear warm water. The waters form pristine views, with the mountain flowing almost into the sea. These activities take place in the southeast coast of Madeira, specifically in Baia d’Abra (Caniçal), a natural park of breathtaking beauty. The jumps, which are all optional, are between 1 and 10 meters high. Coasteering can be done by families, groups, or individuals of all ages, providing they can swim. Throughout the whole route, participants will be led by the guides and instructors who will assist everyone in terms of safety techniques and all procedures.

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Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

7. Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

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.

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From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

8. From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

This 9-kilometer guided trail running experience is the best way to get to know the São Lourenço Peninsula. Always surrounded by the sea, this peninsula offers beautiful views of the water and of the volcanic formations and cliffs. If the weather is right, it also helps to have a swim halfway through to cool down.   Your track begins at the end of Caniçal Road (ER214) and follows a trail between the cliffs that make up the peninsula. Arrive in Casa do Sardinha and climb to the Pico do Furado, where you can catch an amazing view of the Baia d’Abra, as well as the islands of Porto Santo and Desertas.   On the descent, if the weather is good, you can dive into the clear waters of the Cais do Sardinha before returning to the starting point by the same trail.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Kayak on the shore to the nature reserve, nice route. Then get to know a great place to snorkel. A great excursion and two super nice guides. Including collection there and back directly in front of your hotel.

Really enjoyed our experience with Roy. Took us out on the Kayaks and then showed us places to snorkel. Told us lots about the area and even let us hold a starfish. We had fun with a great group of people.

Amazing! Loved every second of it! Monica and the surf instructors were so kind and helpful. Could’t get enough of it! Would highly recommend to anyone in Maderia

Marcio was a great guide, and even with the language barrier he tried to make us understand as much as possible. Very nice activity although physical!

In the kayak you can only take the essentials with you, everything else gets wet!