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Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

1. Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

Discover the protected marine areas surrounding the island of Madeira on a boat trip with expert local guides. Enjoy a whale-watching excursion on the "Ribeira Brava", a traditional wooden fishing boat restored down to the smallest detail which is the only boat of its kind in Madeira today. Admire the views of the coast as you sail out to sea. Explore and try to spot monk seals, different bird species, dolphins, and whale species in their natural habitat. Watch amazing breaches and marine creatures frolicking in the open ocean.

Madeira, Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching "H2oMadeira"

2. 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. 

Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.

Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

4. Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

Embark on a kayaking tour from Ponta Calheta and discover beautiful landscapes of volcanic rock formations, caves, and rugged coastlines. Choose from two different routes: Kayaking to Cal Islet Start the tour on Calheta Beach and head to the nearby Cal Islet located just offshore. See the rugged volcanic rock formations of the island including its many caves and high cliffs. Kayaking to Zimbralinho Beach Start from Calheta Beach and kayak along the coast to Zimbralinho Beach. Discover the beautiful coast of Porto Santo ánd its inlets, arriving at the pristine Zimbralinho Beach.

Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

5. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar cane, and subtropical fruits.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

6. South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

Embark on an unforgettable sunset trip to the south coast of Madeira starting with pickup at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Stop at Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Jardim do Mar, and more. End with a mesmerizing sunset and time for dinner.  Start your discovery of the south coast of the island towards Ponta do Sol, where you’ll make your first stop. Then, head towards Calheta, famous for its sandy beach.  Stop at Jardim do Mar next and fall in love with the typical streets of this rustic village. Continue to Paúl do Mar and then to Ponta do Pargo.  Once in Ponta do Pargo, enjoy time for dinner (costs not included) and then have the opportunity to be dazzled by the best Atlantic sunset.

Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

7. Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

Experience the beauty of Madeira's coast on this private yacht tour. Cruise along the coastline to see steep cliffs and charming red-roofed villages. Jump from the boat into the cool refreshing water. Meet your crew and board the boat. Set off along the coast from Calheta and have the freedom to explore the shore in either direction. Uncover secret spots that can only be accessed by boat. Dive into the water and snorkel through rock formations and schools of sliver fish. Pick from the daytime option where you can sun on deck or the evening option which allows you take in stunning views of the sunset over the sea. Travel in a well-maintained craft and have the use of amenities like towels and a cabin. Chill out with a fresh drink or sparkling wine served by the professional crew. Head back to Calheta

Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

8. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.

Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

9. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour

Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks. Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta. Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour. Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.

From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

10. From Funchal: Enchanted Terraces and Porto do Moniz 4WD Tour

Explore the beautiful landscape of the northwest of Madeira on this scenic tour leaving from Funchal. Be transported in a 4x4 and travel along the coast, visiting Serra de Agua, the forests of Chao dos Louros, Laurissilva Forest, and Porto do Moniz. Depart from Funchal and travel by 4WD vehicle towards Madeira's northwest coast, passing a stunning green landscape to locations such as Serra de Água. Journey along forgotten and enchanted old roads and get a glimpse into the island's everyday life. Travel to Encumeada, where one of the island's famous walking trails leads to Madeira's highest peak. Pass through the laurel forests of Chão dos Louros and marvel at the mountains and valleys from Ginjas and Paul da Serra. Continue to Fanal in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest and then proceed to Porto do Moniz, famous for its natural swimming pools. Enjoy the warmth of the sea if the weather permits, or continue to Seixal known for its black sand beach. Stop for lunch in Porto Moniz if you choose, before continuing to the coastal town of São Vicente. Make your way back to Funchal at the end of the tour.

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4.7 / 5

based on 108 reviews

After an initial briefing by our guide Paula, we took the Stenella out to sea off Calheta and soon saw beaked whales. After a few minutes of rest and some explanations by Paula, we came across a group of pilot whales that were also great to watch. At the end there were a lot of otherwise shy striped dolphins to see. It was a very successful trip on a Sunday afternoon in October. We can highly recommend it. But you should keep in mind that you are not in a zoo and there is no guarantee that you will see this or that animal. The guides and the driver have support from a spotter on land so that they always try to show something. The additional explanations are wonderful for acquiring some knowledge and seeing the water world with different eyes.

Nice trip. A more expensive one, but it's all worth it. They treat the animals very respectfully and our guide could tell very nicely about the animals. Recommended!

The speed boat has a great advantage when moving longer distances (it travels at about 50 km/h) and is surprisingly comfortable.

Exciting whale whatching experience. Saw a lot of dolphins and 2 different whales !! :)

very dedicated team that cares about animal welfare