Quinta do Lorde: Swimming with Dolphins
- Small group
- Duration: 2 hours
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We had to go out quite a way to find a pod of pilot whales. Then on the way back we encountered a large pod of about 100 spotted dolphins some of whom swam alongside our catamaran. Another discovery was of a giant squid, dead alas, which may have met its end in an encounter with a sperm whale, according to our guide. Sadly, no sperm whale appeared. Apart from that we couldn't really have asked for much more from the wildlife. This was a great trip. The captain and crew were excellent at spotting the animals and seemed determined to find them. My only suggestion would be that the captain or guides give a bit more information about the animals we might see and their habitat (apparently it's up to 1,500m deep just off the coast of Funchal), perhaps during the journey out.
Unfortunately we couldnt find the dolphins close to the diving center. But Cecile and the other guy tried to find them so hard. They did everything in their power to find them. So eventually we spotted a big group of dolphins far from the normal place. The tour was extended free of charge with 2 more hours and we did the swimming with an amazing group of approximately 100 dolphins aswel. Cecile was great and took good care of us and provided us with information about the sea life of Madeira. Thanks Azul diving crew for this amazing experience!
Great trip away from the island with stunning views back. We were lucky enough to see both dolphins swimming along with the boat AND a sperm whale approx 20m from us who popped up to se what was going on. Emotional! Fun but unobtrusive commentary. If I'd remembered my towel I'd have swum with the fishes in the bay too.
Excellent focus on the experience for travelers. Free flowing alcohol and most importantly...excellent views of dolphins that came right up to the boat! Enjoyed this thoroughly. Nice to have a chance to swim also. The information provided by marinebiologist was very interesting
Excellent trip that really delivered. We saw a pod of dolphins swimming around the catamaran and a total of seven sperm whales, five together in a group. Expert crew and a great few hours at sea.