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Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

1. Madeira: Half-Day Coasteering Tour

"Coasteering" is a sports activity that allows one to progress along the coast, whether along a beach or a cliff. Along the way you can make use of swimming, diving, snorkeling, climbing, traveling through caves or tunnels, and jumping into the water. Madeira has excellent conditions for this sport due to its lava and rocks shores, allowing visitors to swim in the crystal clear warm water. The waters form pristine views, with the mountain flowing almost into the sea. These activities take place in the southeast coast of Madeira, specifically in Baia d’Abra (Caniçal), a natural park of breathtaking beauty. The jumps, which are all optional, are between 1 and 10 meters high. Coasteering can be done by families, groups, or individuals of all ages, providing they can swim. Throughout the whole route, participants will be led by the guides and instructors who will assist everyone in terms of safety techniques and all procedures.

Madeira: Scuba Diving Experience

2. Madeira: Scuba Diving Experience

Your scuba diving adventure will begin with a short theory lesson about the practice of diving before doing a trial dive in the shallow waters of the swimming pool.  Once you feel comfortable and know how to handle the equipment, you’ll be ready for the real deal. Your diving instructor will take you for an exhilarating dive out in the sea to explore the spectacular underwater world of Madeira. The dive itself will last about 45 minutes at a maximum depth of 12 meters. At the end of the tour, you’ll receive a certificate of participation to make your next underwater adventure an absolute breeze.

Madeira: Garajau Nature Reserve Kayak and Snorkel Tour

3. Madeira: Garajau Nature Reserve Kayak and Snorkel Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, start the day at Funchal Harbour where you will learn everything you need to know about kayaking before heading to the nature reserve. Upon arrival at Garajau, enjoy a 40-minute paddle towards Lazareto. Stop for a break on the beautiful pebble beach and take in the views of the surrounding rock features from times gone by. Afterwards, discover Madeira's native marine life as you snorkel through crystal-clear waters. In the event of poor weather conditions, you will have the opportunity to explore the sea from the safety of your kayak instead. Finish the day with a spot of cliff diving before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

4. Funchal: Madeira Island Group Surf Lesson

Join a surf lesson in the clear Atlantic waters off Madeira Island, and learn the fun sport for the first time or hone your surfing skills with an expert instructor. Enjoy the ease of a hotel pickup from Funchal, and be directly dropped off at the best surfing spots on the island. Kick-start your lesson with a warm up and a technical demonstration on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. Feel the cool waters beneath your gliding board, and the adrenaline course through you after catching your first wave. Enjoy the top surfing spots for beginners on Madeira Island, including Praia do Seixal, Praia de Machico, and Porto da Cruz, where your instructor will bring you to make sure you get the best experience possible.

South & Sunset 4x4 Jipe tour - SOUTHWEST COAST MADEIRA

5. 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.

From Funchal: Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour with Christ King Statue

6. From Funchal: Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour with Christ King Statue

Uncover the south coast in Madeira Island with this exhilarating tuk-tuk ride. Find the most breathtaking views Madeira has to offer, right next to one of the most iconic monuments on the island, Garajau’s Christ the King Statue. Begin at Funchal’s old town, uncovering one of the most iconic places of the city. Experience streets filled with stories and characters and buildings that have survived since the 15th century. Stop at one of the most mesmerizing viewpoints, named by locals as “Pináculo." Continue to the east of Funchal to a tiny seaside village known as Garajau. At Garajau, spot the village's Christ King Statue, located in the Cristo Rei Viewpoint. This iconic statue was completed in 1927, just four years before the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. After seeing the beautiful sights from above the sea, the tuk-tuk tour continues in the direction of the sea level to visit The Garajau nature reserve, known for its crystalline waters, and its biological richness. From here, the tour concludes its course back to Funchal city.

Funchal: Private Tuk-Tuk Tour with Cabo Girao Cliff Skywalk

7. Funchal: Private Tuk-Tuk Tour with Cabo Girao Cliff Skywalk

Take a unique journey by Tuk-Tuk from Funchal City. Hear the fascinating stories of passing places along the way and head towards the famous viewpoint at the Cabo Girao Skywalk. End the journey at Camara de Lobos, and discover the special ingredient that decorates the streets. Begin the adventure in Funchal City and explore the area with your guide. Discover the most known avenues of the capital of Madeira, especially the famous Lido bathing complex and surrounding beautiful beaches. Take in the best views of the island as you drive toward the Cabo Girao Skywalk. Enjoy brief stops along the way to admire all of the scenery that the island begs to give. Arrive at the skywalk and cross the glass platform that provides stunning panoramic views of both Fajas of Rancho and the village of Cabo Girao. Feel as though you are walking along the top of a cliff, and take in the incredible sights of the ocean, Funchal, and Camara de Lobos. Conclude the tour in the notorious fishing port of Camara de Lobos. Learn of the city's special project to reduce and reuse plastic and admire the colorful streets adorned with unique decorations, made entirely from trash. Return to Funchal city afterward, where the tour began.

Câmara de Lobos: Private Fishing Village Tour by Tuk-Tuk

8. Câmara de Lobos: Private Fishing Village Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Unveil all the important stories and hidden spots of a peculiar and beautiful fishing village in Madeira Island. Visit Lido´s new town, one of the busiest areas of Funchal city, and its pleasant and airy promenade to walk by day or by night. Take a dip at Doca do Cavacas Compex, one of the most famous beaches, conveniently situated along the tuk-tuk tour. Visit the nearby Formosa Beach on the island. On land, take in the unique volcanic pools, perfect for souvenir photos. Continue its course towards the famous fishing village, Câmara de Lobos. Sample some Poncha – a famous Madeiran beverage. Visit what small town is being recognized by a social project in which reused waste has been upcycled into art, giving the city more color and character.

Cristo Rei & Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour

9. Cristo Rei & Garajau Tuk-Tuk Tour

Start this adventure inside of a tuk-tuk with your local guide and visit the old town, also known as Zona Velha, where you can find numerous artistic murals, creating a colorful tapestry along the magnificent streets of the old city. Take in impressive views from 280 meters above sea level at the Pináculo viewpoint, considered one of the most iconic views that Madeira Island has to offer. Continue to Garajau where you can see the statue of Cristo Rei, located at the eastern end of Funchal Bay. See the breathtaking views of the crystal waters below.

From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

10. From Funchal: Eastern Peninsula Running Tour (Easy-Moderate)

This 9-kilometer guided trail running experience is the best way to get to know the São Lourenço Peninsula. Always surrounded by the sea, this peninsula offers beautiful views of the water and of the volcanic formations and cliffs. If the weather is right, it also helps to have a swim halfway through to cool down.   Your track begins at the end of Caniçal Road (ER214) and follows a trail between the cliffs that make up the peninsula. Arrive in Casa do Sardinha and climb to the Pico do Furado, where you can catch an amazing view of the Baia d’Abra, as well as the islands of Porto Santo and Desertas.   On the descent, if the weather is good, you can dive into the clear waters of the Cais do Sardinha before returning to the starting point by the same trail.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Nicolas has been an amazing instructor with my friend and I. It was my friend’s first time diving, and he was stressed about breathing underwater. Nicolas has been patient, king, educative and attentive which helped my friend to dive properly and to really enjoy his first dive. Thank you so much Nicolas !

The guide explained everything well and took his time. After some practice in the pool we went into the open sea. You saw a lot of fish and the guide always indicated what was where. Thank you for this great experience.

The weather conditions were not great for beginners but the instructor was really patient and helpful. I didn’t manage to catch any waves but it got me hooked. Will definitely try it again

It was really a lot of fun. The team was very professional and we felt we were in good hands. There were four of us in total, two couples each.

Absolutely unforgettable experience, i literally wanted to return the next day but they weren't open. 10/10