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All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

1. 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.

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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Tour

2. 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.

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Funchal: Private Sunset Swing Trip with Wine and Fruits

3. Funchal: Private Sunset Swing Trip with Wine and Fruits

Watch the sunset on a rustic swing overlooking the sea on this private trip from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Enjoy wine and fruits and swing as the sounds of nature dim and the sun touches the ocean in shades of orange. After pickup, leave directly to a secret spot with a fantastic view of the sunset. With a glass of white or rosé wine in one hand and fresh fruit in another, take in the surrounding scenery as the sun sets in front of you.

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Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

4. Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

Visit Nun's Valley and learn about its interesting history and admire the spectacular panoramic views from Pico do Arieiro, at 1,818 meters above sea level. Later you’ll head out to sea on a catamaran and be on the lookout for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The 7-hour tour begins in Funchal, and the first stop will be at Pico dos Barcelos, where take in sweeping views of Funchal’s bay. Afterward you’ll visit the famous Nun’s Valley, known for its historical importance and its unique location, isolated from any population center. Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro, where you’ll take in the magnificent landscapes and stunning views over the north and south coast of the island, Ponta de São Lourenço and Paul da Serra. The last stop of the land tour is Santo da Serra, surrounded by the Laurissilva Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and other exotic plant species. You’ll then be dropped off at the Funchal harbor to begin the dolphin and whale watching a segment of the tour. Board the catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours and there’s a strong possibility that you’ll spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During the summer months there’s also the possibility of swimming below the Cabo Girao cliff. During the trip the crew will provide detailed information about the species that you are likely to see. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor.

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Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

5. Madeira 4x4 Sunset Tour with Barbecue

Benefit from hotel or guest house pick-up in Funchal (pick-up and drop off outside Funchal is available for an additional fee). Then, travel to the mountains of Madeira and see the Ribeira Brava valley from an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters. Journey through the countryside using old roads and tracks used for forestry and farming. Discover some of Madeira's traditional villages, such as Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, São Paulo and Ribeira Brava. Marvel at views of the mountains and valleys from an open-top 4x4. Watch the colors of the sunset before a barbecue dinner at a local restaurant. Here, you will feast from a menu (bread, main course and dessert, 1 drink and coffee included) of typical dishes such as espetada - large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt and grilled over an open fire, then served with local fried corn. Sample bolo do caco, the circular bread shaped like a cake that is cooked on a "caco" (a flat basalt stone slab) and served with garlic butter. 

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Madeira: South Tour and Sunset Trip from Funchal or Caniço

6. 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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Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

7. Madeira: Levada dos Maroços Hike

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Machico, Caniço, or Funchal (including the port). Set off for the starting point of the hike - the Levada dos Maroços a hiking area in the hills above the city of Machico. Begin your hike through the beautiful landscape which is mainly composed of agricultural land and carefully worked crops, complemented by impressive views over Machico. Along the way, observe the local residents in their usual daily tasks, such as tending to their land and animals. Enjoy the opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors soaking up the typical environment of the island. If you are lucky, find seasonal fresh fruit for sale along the route which you can purchase for an appealing price. This is the perfect way to sample regional flavors in their place of origin fresh from the fields of local producers. The typical good weather of the South of the Island makes this hike a valid option at any time of the year. At the end of your hike, take the convenient transfer back to your accommodation or the port.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Good customer service. Value for money. We saw a group of 10 pilot whales which came up close to the boat. This was fantastic. Then we went on a cruise near the coastline and enjoyed the sunset whilst drinking a glass of wine, soft drink, coffee etc. (one drink included per person). Would not hesitate to recommend. Thanks guys.

The boat trip was fantastic. After sailing for a while, we saw a very large group of dolphins. They swam for at least ten minutes along and at the seam of the boat. They came very close so we could see them very well. Then there was a beautiful sunset and we had a nice drink. Highly recommended!

The tour was excellent!The employees were very nice,very helpful and they provided us all the information .The boat was very clean and very nice!We appreciated the snacks !

Great. We saw dolphins, not whales. But it's luck, you have to be aware of it.

Fabulous trip. Would highly recommend it. Friendly driver.