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  • Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching

    1. Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching

    Take a scenic sail in a catamaran along the Madeira coast.  See dolphins, whales, and turtles playing in their natural habitat. Throughout the year Madeira has different aquatic mammals journeying through its blue waters. Whether you come in summer or winter, the chances are high you’ll see one these amazing creatures. Stop for a swim during the summer season, and make use of the complimentary snorkeling equipment. Bar service is also available.

    A good afternoon and a very competent and amicable crew. We saw pilot whales and dolphins, who raced through the water peacefully. Onward to the cliff where, at the base, there was terracing - the triumph of hope over experience. A tiny cable car goes up and down. Great trip, and a welcome beer and rare whiskey were held the price of the (pretty grim) prices in Funchal. After feeling like pieces of sh1t for the embarrassment that is Brexit, it felt good not to be treated as such. Brexit - the uk’s ruin.

  • Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

    2. Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

    In the crystal clear waters of Madeira Island, swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. With assistance from an expert team of guides and divers, learn about the specific approach techniques needed to interact with these amazingly intelligent creatures. Madeira's regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the subtle natural balance that these magnificent animals deserve. It may be possible to swim with 2 species of dolphins: Common Dolphins and Spotted Dolphins. As you enter the water, you remain safely connected to the boat at all times. Glide along the waters and swim with the dolphins in front, below and next to you as you admire these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat and make unforgettable memories. 

    Marta and Marcos are amazing! Very friendly, down to earth and know how to make things fun. Marta has a lot of knowledge and willing to tell you many things. Feel free to ask. Marcos was a good captain very helpful and even made the ride on the way back fun. You swim 10mins with the dolphins however trust me it’s enough. The experience is just amazing and breathtaking. We saw sleeping pilot whales and Marcos gently got very close to them so we can take pictures and film them. We then saw baby spotted dolphins and they were sooo adorable. Thank you for this amazing experience!

  • Funchal: Yacht Tour with Dolphin and Whale Watching

    3. Funchal: Yacht Tour with Dolphin and Whale Watching

    You tour will start from the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. On this relaxing sailing trip you will be seaching for dolphins, whales and sea turtles up to 3 miles form the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in its natural environment.  You will stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe at 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea. If you don't want to swim, you can admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered some drinks on board before heading back to the marina. 

    Passeio incrível da parte da manhã pela costa do Funchal até ao Cabo Girão. O mar estava tranquilo. O mergulho em alto mar é imperdível. A água estava super quente! Nao éramos muitas pessoas no iate o que em tempos de covid é muito seguro. O Francisco e o Renato são super simpáticos e atenciosos. Podía haver uma pouco mais de intereacção acerca das pequenas curiosidades daquela zona da ilha ao longo do percurso que fizemos. A única vida selvagem que conseguimos ver foi uma tartaruga o que, aparentemente, é mais raro do que avistar golfinhos e baleias. Gostamos muito!

  • Madeira: Garajau Nature Reserve Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    4. 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.

    Absolutely fantastic experience! The guide was very helpful and friendly. I was scared to go to snorkelling in the water but he encouraged me and helped me in and stayed with me until I was comfortable. Without him I would have not seen the beauty of Garjau reserve and all widelife it homes

  • All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

    5. All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

    Your 3-hour luxury catamaran tour begins at the docks of the new marina of Funchal. Board the catamaran and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before setting off. Sail into the ocean to find dolphins, whales, and turtles. Spot these creatures in their natural habitat. After sailing around spotting dolphins, whales and turtles enjoy a 30 minute stop next to Cabo Girão, the 1920 foot (586m) seaside cliff. Here you have a change o go swimming in the crystal clear waters. After a quick swim, you will get back on the boat where you can relax and enjoy the views of the coast of Funchal as you head back to the marina.

    This is worth the money; modern catamaran, exclusive feel, crew are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, plenty of complimentary drinks and snacks available. Plenty of pilot whales and dolphins to watch for c30 mins.

  • Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Tour

    6. Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Tour

    Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. On this relaxing sailing trip, you will be searching for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment.  There will be a stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão. Here, you can see the highest sea cliff in Europe, which towers 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea. If you don't want to swim, you can simply admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered one complimentary drink onboard and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.

  • Funchal Bay: Dolphin & Whale Watch Luxury Catamaran Cruise

    7. Funchal Bay: Dolphin & Whale Watch Luxury Catamaran Cruise

    Arrive at Marina Nova Funchal 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time and board a luxury catamaran. Receive some safety information from the experienced crew. Choose to sit in the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and protection from the sun, and lounge chairs or outdoor hammocks. Afterward, sit back and relax as you sail towards the open sea. Although sightings of marine species can not be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often found in the waters around Funchal. Keep an eye on the movements in the water whilst the crew answers any questions about the variety of species. Continue up to the high cliffs of Cabo Girão, which rise 580 meters above sea level. Anchor the boat at Cabo Girão and immerse yourself in the refreshing waters to explore underwater marine life with a snorkel. Then, stroll at a leisurely pace around the Marina of Funchal, and marvel at the fantast...

    The boat was beautiful and well looked after, hand sanitizer on board. We saw both dolpins and whales, it was very relaxing and stopped off for a swim in a calm part of the sea. Down side was the snorkel kit was not professional but more brought for kids.

  • Funchal: 3-Hour Water Sports Boat Trip

    8. 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.

  • Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

    9. 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 o...

    The best trip in Madeira! Guides were fantastic and after jumping from the cliffs you feel amazing :) we recommend to anyone ! Must do in Madeira.

  • Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

    10. 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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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 169 reviews

Absolutely fantastic experience! The guide was very helpful and friendly. I was scared to go to snorkelling in the water but he encouraged me and helped me in and stayed with me until I was comfortable. Without him I would have not seen the beauty of Garjau reserve and all widelife it homes

The boat was beautiful and well looked after, hand sanitizer on board. We saw both dolpins and whales, it was very relaxing and stopped off for a swim in a calm part of the sea. Down side was the snorkel kit was not professional but more brought for kids.

Super friendly and helpful people, I highly recommend it, as it is an amazing experience to watch dolphins and ride a yacht

We saw some Dolphins, sadly no Whales but the trip was still amazing.

Nice experience for the price, would recommend to anyone.