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Madeira Swim with dolphins

Our most recommended Madeira Swim with dolphins

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

1. 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. 

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.

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: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

4. Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Machico

Start you tour with a safety briefing and instructions by a marine biologist on how to swim with dolphins. Receive your safety vests and wind breakers, and start your boat adventure.  From the boat, observe marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea birds, turtles, and jelly fish. If you group spots common or spotted dolphins, and the sea conditions permit it, feel free to take a swim with those adorable creatures. With 29 species, Madeira is one of the best places in the world to observe whales and dolphins and the rate of success is very high.

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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What people are saying about Madeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,242 reviews

We were able to observe 3 different species of dolphins, some got very close to the zodiac, it was fantastic! Our guide was very friendly and gave us a lot of information about the different species, it was very interesting. Respect for the animal is observed: no more than 10 minutes with a group of dolphins, no more than 3 boats around. The return was made along the coast, with a beautiful view of Cape Girao. An experience to live!

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.

Absolutely the highlight of my trip - if you could do only one thing in Madeira, I’d do this! Such a surreal experience and great guides who did everything to ensure we got to see dolphins and whales!

Amazing experience. We saw whale 4 species. Guys were careful and respectful to the animals. Such a great time. 100% recommended!!

Saw Pilot whales and Spotted dolphins and got to snorkel with them. It was amazing. The water was 22 degrees so it wasn’t cold.