Water activity

From Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

4.6 / 5

27 reviews

From Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

From US$ 55.17 per person

See whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on an amazing cruise by semi-rigid boat from Funchal. Get the chance to swim with the friendly and curious creatures, along with turtles and other marine life.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • See wild dolphins and learn about their environment from a marine biologist
  • Look for whales and turtles off the coast of Madeira
  • Get the chance to jump in and swim with dolphins and turtles
Full description
Climb aboard a fast, semi-rigid boat and go in search of whales and dolphins off the coast of Madeira. Benefit from the local knowledge and expertise of a team of marine biologists who will tell you all you need to know about the amazing creatures and their habits along the way. Get a short introduction at the start of your adventure, and relax in the knowledge that there will be lookouts on land to guide you to wherever the animals are located in the sea. Encounter the amazing creatures in their natural environment and get the chance to jump in and swim with dolphins and turtles for memories to last a lifetime. Travel in small groups for a more intimate experience thanks to a fleet of 2 boats with 18 seats and 1 with only 14 seats. Be enchanted by the endearing sea mammals as they approach you to play in the sea!
  • Life vest
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must present a negative rapid test taken on the same day of the activity
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or proof of medical complications preventing vaccination
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

Meet at Store 247, Marina Shopping Center, Funchal.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimwear

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes and a jacket
  • In the event that you do not see any whales and dolphins, you will be offered a 2nd trip for free
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

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It was a nice trip! We were lucky and saw dolphins, whales and turtles. The staff was very nice and gave a lot of information of the animals. If you’re short, better find a place at the front of the boat, because everyone is standing up when there is something so see. But: The swimming with the dolphins is not included in this price - you have to pay 15€ extra. But all in all a very impressive tour.

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March 1, 2019


Best decision! The briefing from the marine biologist was a good start. Boat great, life jackets compulsory. This tour is really about the animals, not speedboat riding. We saw common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales. The marine biologist kept explaining and was enthusiastic about the great sightings herself. We had an unforgettable tour!

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January 7, 2019

Good guide but too short looking for marine life

The guide was very good and told and explained a lot. Sighting immediately after ten minutes, then unfortunately a haphazard drive along the coast. The spotters probably found nothing more. The last hour was driven only closely along the coast. With stop under the Gabo Cirao. A bit of a shame, as an "accidental" sighting on the sea would be more realistic than on the coast. After all, mat whalewatching booked and no sightseeing

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November 21, 2018

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