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From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

1. From Funchal: West Bays Sailing Tour with Lunch

Discover the most breathtaking views of the island as seen from the ocean. Sail along the coast of some of the major bays surrounding Madeira and take in the gorgeous scenery while looking for all kinds of native sea species. Start your scenic cruise at the Marina do Funchal, where you will board a spacious sailing yacht. Head out to sea searching for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. If you're lucky, you'll see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment.  Continue your trip across crystal clear waters toward the shores of Ponta do Sol Bay. Admire the beautiful scenery as you float along the coast, passing the stunning Ribeira Brava Bay, Calhau da Lapa, Fajã dos Padres, Cabo Girão and Câmara de Lobos Bay. Relax and enjoy the cool water as you make a tour stop for some swimming and a delicious lunch. If you're feeling adventurous, borrow a snorkel and visor and dive deep into the ocean to discover the underwater magical world.

West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

2. West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

Embark on a guided, multi-stop 4x4 adventure starting in Caniço. Explore Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Seixal, São Vicente, and more. Find unbeatable viewpoints at Paúl da Serra and Ribeira da Janela and marvel at the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz. After meeting your guide, hop on board and head first to Ribeira Brava for a quick stop to enjoy the small city with the longest and widest ribeira (stream) of the island. Head to Ponta do Sol and Canhas next, two picturesque villages with much to see. The trip continues off-road to Paúl da Serra, a plateau in the center of the island with unique views. Later, there will be the possibility to take a short walk along the levada (approximately 20 minutes). Explore the lush landscape of Paúl da Serra with an altitude of 1500 meters and see Fanal Forest, an area between the mountains of Seixal and Ribeira da Janela with laurel forest classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in views at the Ribeira da Janela viewpoint before heading to Porto Moniz. Be greeted with unforgettable scenery built by natural swimming pools, the highlight of the village of Porto Moniz. These pools, created by volcanic lava, have crystal-clear waters. After a stop for a lunch (at your own expense), continue to Seixal and São Vicente in the afternoon. At 1007 meters high, at the Encumeada Viewpoint, round off your trip with views over the deep valleys of Ribeira Brava (south coast) and São Vicente (north coast).

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An unforgettable experience! Departure at 9am we take off towards the dolphins. With a sailboat this encounter is magical, indeed the dolphins play with the boats and offer us a close spectacle. The cruise continues offshore to Ponta do Sol. At this level we turn around and go along the coast. From there the guide will give you an explanation for each small village on the coast. We had already visited all these places on land but a view of the sea is to add to his memories. The meal break is under the Cabo giraõ! A meal is served to you as well as drinks (themselves served throughout the cruise). Another magical moment with a swim in the ocean in the middle of sea bream and other fish inhabiting the cove. Then after this short break we return to Funchal. It's hard to come back to reality… the team is adorable, they speak several languages including French. In addition, the cruise is done in small groups, which is a strong advantage!

We are with a small group of probably. 15-20 people first drove out to the more. There we could see pilot whales and dolphins. After we then sailed down the west coast, we had lunch in front of the highest cliff in Europe. The two captains had a lot of fun themselves and the atmosphere was great. We would book it again in a heartbeat.

I recommend with eyes closed, value for money at the top, staff at the top and the meal was excellent. Bravo and thank you again for this beautiful getaway!

Good alternative to the mass visits. With 16 people on the boat you had enough space. Dolphins, food, drinks and snorkeling were all included.

fantastic day on the water, really friendly and informative crew, lovely lunch. Highly recommend