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Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip

Activity provider: Madeira Seekers

Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip

Activity provider: Madeira Seekers
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From US$ 38.68 per person

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The Santa Maria de Colombo, built in 1998, is a Madeira pirate ship that’s an exact replica of the Christopher Columbus flagship. Enjoy a boat trip with a sense of adventure, and feel what it was like when the island was discovered some 500 years ago.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Sail along the coast aboard a Madeira pirate ship
  • Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales, which are sighted throughout the year
  • Enjoy honey cake and a glass of Madeira wine
Full description
A magnificent replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was built on the island of Madeira, between July 1997 and July 1998, in the fishing village of Camara de Lobos. Since it was built thousands of people have sailed aboard the ship, experiencing more than just a normal boat ride, as you’ll soon find out on this 3-hour tour. Santa Maria de Colombo is also the most photographed boat in Madeira. A number of local and international TV documentaries have been made on board this famous ship, including The Discovery Channel’s The Quest for Columbus. The idea of this boat trip is for you to experience history, while at the same time enjoying the breathtaking views of Madeira´s south coast. In addition to the views, you’re very likely to see dolphins and whales as well. The ship will anchor in front of the majestic cliff of Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe. If you like you can enjoy a swim in the warm and crystal-clear water. A sail on the Santa Maria is your chance to re-live Christopher Columbus´s voyage of discovery and imagine how he and his crew felt as they headed into the unknown.
  • Boat trip
  • Madeira honey cake
  • Glass of Madeira wine
    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

    In front of the Santa Maria de Colombo ship at the main Funchal harbor

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    • In summer months be sure to bring a swimsuit, sun protection, and a towel. In the winter months you'll need to bring something warm to wear as well.
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    4.3 /5

    based on 297 reviews

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    On Friday 28 May 2022 at 3 pm we boarded the Santa Maria do Columbia Pirate ship and enjoyed the three hour trip a lot. We were three of us, my husband, myself and our 12 year old grandchild. There was quite a bit of wind but our friendly crew put some sails up. Unfortunately nobody could swim. However we were lucky and saw many dolphins who put up a great show for us! We travelled along the coast mainly and saw the two uninhabited islands which are now the sanctuary for sea lions etc We were served delicious Madeira wine and cake on board and got to know several people from the crew who explained the manoevering of the ship. All in all a very good experience and outing that we can recommend such as other activities we have done with GetYourGuide which are alway very reliable. Ingrid and Tom Engelstad

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    June 4, 2022

    The boat trip was very good, but we missed the pirate feeling a bit. Of course everything was very good, but we would have liked the staff on the ship to sing such typical pirate songs. Nevertheless, we found it very good that the employees wore clothes that matched the ambience. Overall, highly recommended.

    March 21, 2022

    Being celebrating 27 years of marriage and which until now I had not even thought about how wonderful it was to take the tour with you, my wife and I were delighted by the tour and by the crew members who were excellent both in driving the boat, how to explain tourist sonas, and bar service, on behalf of myself and my wife, thank you very much for the beautiful tour we were given. Hugs and Happy New Year.

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    January 15, 2022

    Product ID: 55409