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Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

1. 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.

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

2. From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat in the crystal-clear waters of Madeira Island. Enjoy the support and guidance of on-hand instructors who will teach you how to approach and interact with the dolphins. Board your boat and head towards the area with a 99% chance of seeing dolphins. Get the opportunity to swim with two species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins. As you enter the water, remain safely connected to the boat at all times. Get comfortable in the water and approach the dolphins with the support of your instructor. Once you're ready, begin to swim with the dolphins in front, below, and next to you and admire these beautiful mammals up close, and in their natural habitat. 

All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

3. 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.

Madeira, Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching "H2oMadeira"

4. Madeira, Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching "H2oMadeira"

Discover magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat with this boat tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean and get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard the "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 experienced spotter, you can make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will inform you about the marine life around Madeira island. From the boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. 

Madeira: 2-Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

5. 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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,234 reviews

It was a great experience. Pilot whales and Bryde's whale with calf. The team works well together and a lot is said about the animals in front of and on board. Only haze was... we ordered online for 11.01 and were asked to come on the 10th. As the weather turns bad. On the 11th the ride would have been a birthday present. Rather, they wanted to get the boat safely full for 10. We therefore rescheduled. The weather was even better on the 11th than the day before. Still 5 stars... so tight

The tour was pretty enjoyable. Being on a speedboat allows one to get much closer to the water surface, right by the dolphins. Was on a 1pm tour and we managed to catch two different pods of dolphins - common and striped - hunting. Also managed to witness a peek of a whale surfacing for air from a distance. The tour which was slated to be 2-2.5 hours eventually took 3 hours as we waited out for the whale to surface.

Incredible experience where we could spot whales (three meters from the boat!!!) and swim next to the dolphins dragged by the speedboat! Beautiful how much the tour is based on respect for the animals' tranquility, each step is done with the utmost care so as not to disturb their peace! Thanks to all the staff!!!

It was very beautiful. The boat ride alone was fun. We saw a lot of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins. Unfortunately we didn't find any other dolphins to surf into the water with. It was still worth it. I was there at the end of December.

The tour was very nice. We also saw whales. It was a pity that all 18 participants paid 59.00 euros. As GetYourGuide participants, we all paid 69 euros