Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

From US$ 28.10 per person

Sail along the bay of Funchal looking for dolphins, whales, turtles & endemic birds. Admire the views with live commentary from guides. Take an optional swim in summer.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail to the world's second highest sea cliff at Cabo Girão
  • Admire dolphins, whales, birds and turtles from the comfort of a sailing catamaran
  • Learn about Madeira's thriving ocean ecology from an expert crew
  • Relax aboard a luxury catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer passengers than other whale watching tours
  • Benefit from quick boarding and disembarkation procedures
  • Explore Madeira's stunning coastline from the ocean
Full description

Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the crew before boarding.

Choose from the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets.

Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of the marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal.

Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in the waters to explore the sea life below the surface with your complimentary goggles and snorkel mask. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of Madeira’s landscapes.

Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.

  • 2.5 or 3-hour guided dolphin and whale watching tour (depending on option selected)
  • Toilets aboard the luxury catamaran (ladies and gents)
  • Swimming stop (summer tours)
  • Professional crew
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring sun screen
  • Bring your swimming costume in the summer months
  • Please note that the winter program runs from November 15 to April 15
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 992 reviews

Review summary

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Great journey with the crew and 3 other couples only. We were lucky enough to see pilot whales, thanks to the crew who have been beyond where they usually go to see them. It was a amazing experience and great meeting the team on board. Definitely recommend as I will do it next time I come here. Also I really liked the fact that they do respect the animals by not chasing them, and not staying for too long next to them either. Fantastic attitude preserving the wildlife. Thanks!

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January 17, 2022

We had a really great experience with Magic Dolphin. The crew were all lovely and knowledgable, particularly the marine biologist. We were incredibly lucky and saw a family of pilot whales who spent a lot of time around our boat, coming up to the surface and showing us their beautiful faces time and time again. It was a truly special experience. The experience was made better by the marine biologist, I wish I knew her name, who was so excited to see the whales interacting as they did and really got the excitement levels going. From her reaction, we all knew it was a special moment! I was fully prepared not to see any wildlife on this trip, because as with any wild animal, their presence can't be guaranteed. I would say go on the experience expecting a nice boat trip, the views are beautiful and the boat is comfortable. That way, if you do see any wildlife it will feel like a wonderful added bonus! Thanks to all the crew for a great trip!

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November 10, 2021

We set out for 150 mins on the catamaran. It was very comfy and had an “inside” in the shade and seating at the front. The crew was very friendly and polite. We saw a couple of pods of pilot whales and were able to get close to them for around 10 minutes. After that we weren’t so fortunate, but it was still a pleasant experience.

November 2, 2021

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