Water activity

Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

4.7 / 5

11 reviews

Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

From US$ 49.83 per person

Enjoy a whale-watching boat trip in Madeira with local guides on a traditional wooden vessel.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Try to spot curious dolphins and whale species frolicking in the water
  • Marvel at the beautiful views of the Madeira coastline
  • Benefit from the expertise of expert guides, with an 85.6% success rate of spotting marine mammal species
Full description
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 the only boat of its kind in Madeira. 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.
  • Whale Watching Boat Tour
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    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Avenida Dom Manuel I 9370-135 Estreito da Calheta

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    Important information

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    • Sightings of whales and dolphins can never be guaranteed, but there is an 85.6% success rate with your experienced crew
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    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 11 reviews

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    A very nice tour on an old restored fishing boat. We could see pilot whales and dolphins and had a very relaxed tour in the best weather. The tour only takes place in good weather (otherwise it will be postponed beforehand, info by email), which is also in its own right, as the tour is more beautiful then and the spotters can better explore whales from land. There is a toilet on board. If you are only looking for whales and / or more action, I recommend the speedboat tour. This is a little wilder, if you also want to relax and lean back in the sun, you are better off here.

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    January 11, 2022

    The trip was great and the marine biologist was very friendly, helpful and explained very well. Unfortunately we couldn't see any whales or dolphins that day. We were a bit disappointed there. Basically, I can recommend the trip. The organization was very good.

    November 7, 2021

    It was a great experience, we saw a lot of dolphins. The staff are super nice and helpful.

    August 18, 2021

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