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Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

1. 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. 

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Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

2. Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Start with a short briefing from your biologist guide, which will provide information on the various types of wildlife you will search for on the tour. Set out in a speed boat with a capacity for 12 people. Admire the beautiful coastline of the island of Madeira while searching for various marine species. With a skilled crew, embark on a search for various species of dolphin and whales which are found in the waters surrounding the island. You are guaranteed to catch sightings of cetaceans while on the tour. If any species are not found, you will be offered a second trip for free.

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Madeira: Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

3. Madeira: Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

Board a boat custom-made for whale watching with seats that fit a maximum of 12 passengers per trip. Learn about whales and dolphins from the crew and keep your eyes open for all kinds of wildlife, including turtles and different species of bird. Madeira Island is known by the scientific community as the area with the highest concentration of cetacean in Madeira. With 98% of tours resulting in successful sightings, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of different animals. After more than 1 hour and 30 minutes out at sea learning about these fascinating mammals, you’ll return back to the pier, marking the end of your whale and dolphin watching experience.

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Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

4. Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

Discover magnificent marine monsters in their natural habitat with this fantastic tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean. Finally get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard your RIB boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an expert spotter, you can really make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will also be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will beguile you with tales and everything you need to know about the marine life around Madeira island.  Marvel at amazing whales and dolphins, swimming and diving in their natural habitat. From your boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. With your friendly expert guides, you will have a truly unforgettable experience. 

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Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

5. Madeira: Skywalk, Wine Tasting, 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watching

Depart from Funchal and travel to Serra de Água. Experience spectacular views of picturesque mountains and dense vegetation. Reach Encumeada Viewpoint and enjoy views over the north and south coast of the island.  Visit stunning vineyards in São Vicente. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the production of wine in the area. Indulge with a wine tasting, complimented with cheeses, sausages and other snacks. Travel to the cliffs of Cabo Girao, the highest in Europe, and admire panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean.  Board a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Take the chance to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters and relax in the sun. Learn about the different species of cetaceans you can find in the area. 

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Funchal: 3-Hour Water Sports Boat Trip

6. 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: 2-Hour Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

7. Madeira: 2-Hour Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.

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Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

8. 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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Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

9. Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

Depart Funchal and drive to the Miradouro Boca dos Namorados for panoramic views almost 1,000 meters above sea level. Admire the famous Nun’s Valley and viewpoint of Eira do Serrado. Then, experience the island's unique nature on an off-road experience. Go to the Jardim da Serra at the heart of the cherry-growing region. Continue to Cabo Girão to see Europe's highest cliff at 589 meters tall. Get a fantastic view of Câmara de Lobos, Funchal Bay and the ocean. The viewpoint has been renovated and is known for its suspended glass floor balcony. End your jeep tour with a visit to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and discover one of the most traditional places on Madeira. Following drop off at Funchal Harbor, embark on a dolphin and whale watching tour by boat. Climb aboard a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Relax on the 3-hour trip with strong possibilities of seeing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During summer months, there is also the possibility of swimming below the cliff of Cabo Girao. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor. Get detailed explanations about the cetacean species that you can see from the informative crew.

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Madeira: 2-Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

10. Madeira: 2-Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

The waters of Madeira island are very rich in cetaceans - including 29 different species. On this boat trip you head towards Cabo Girão, which is the second highest sea cliff in the world. On the way there, you will see dolphins and whales. The crew will stop the boat for about 20 minutes so you may enjoy a swim in the ocean, if conditions allow. On the way back, you will sail closer to land in order to enjoy the view while listening to interesting information from your guide. As the boat is smaller than other boats you may find on Madeira Island, this allows for the animals to get very close to you. Your certified guide is an expert who can explain everything you need to know about the sighted sea life. The company also provides a photo report of your trip, bottled water, and raincoats. The trip is run with a maximum of 10 people and a minimum of 2, so you get a more personalized experience.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Found exactly what I was looking for here. Indescribably beautiful. It was wonderful to snorkel with the dolphins. Great attention is paid to the safety of the participants. I am very grateful that the dolphins are treated so respectfully. The animals are not harassed at any time. This creates unlikely encounters that always come from the dolphins. Huge thanks to the crew Paula and Daniel and to the spotter - he has incredibly good eyesight and can spot the animals from land at a distance of 7-8 nautical miles or more. Thank you thank you thank you

Great experience, everything was organised very well. We especially appreciated marine biologist, Dominique, who accompanied us and explained what species we see and what is interesting about them. We saw 3 groups of dolphins, very exciting!

Excellent trip on the ocean with speed boat.We have seen many dolphins and two whales. Ana (Marine biologist) was a great guide.

Very great experience and very respectful behavior towards the animals, thank you for allowing me to be there

Professional approach, lots of additional information, nice boat and enjoy the wildlife!