Water activity

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: VMT Madeira Catamaran

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: VMT Madeira Catamaran

From US$ 34.31 per person

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a second cruise for free.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic waters off the south coast of Madeira
  • Cruise along the coast of Madeira by catamaran
  • Get a 2nd whale and dolphin watching tour for free if you don't see any cetaceans
  • Swim at the foot of one of Europe's highest sea cliffs
Full description

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.

  • Catamaran cruise
  • Crew
  • Live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meet at the VMT Madeira Kiosk in Funchal Marina for check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  •  Please bring a windbreaker and sunscreen. In the summer, you can also bring a towel and swimwear to swim
  •  The catamarans are equipped with toilets, and a bar serving snacks and beverages (available for purchase)
  •  Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is cancelled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  •  Tours may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements, or in the event of bad weather. Should this occur, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 549 reviews

Review summary

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We quickly saw a pod of dolphins and then 2 Sei whales. The boats were considerate of the animals and didn’t crowd them and the crew gave a lot of information in English, German and Portuguese. We then stopped by the cliffs for a short swim before returning to the marina with the crew describing what we were passing on the coast along the way.

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July 4, 2022

We were lucky enough to see the dolphins at our feet! It was majestic! We saw them very quickly, barely after 25min out. The staff made sure to stay with the dolphins as long as possible before they drifted away. They took care to let us know when the dolphins arrived and where they were coming from. We were also able to swim but not with the dolphins, the swim is further down the coast under the skywalker. The big plus: the staff stopped the boat to pick up trash in the sea! Congratulations to them! Very nice experience. Remember to take warm clothes because the weather changes very quickly!

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June 26, 2022

The boat is clean, the staff are helpful, informative and friendly. We saw two different kinds of dolphins. They follow their local rule of only viewing 1 pack of dolphins for 10 minutes, which is great to know. The way back dragged a little, as we had to return to the starting point, however it is kind of expected as we travelled quite far. The weather was nice so we picked a good day to visit.

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April 4, 2022

Product ID: 57215