Water activity

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: VMT Madeira Catamaran

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: VMT Madeira Catamaran

From US$ 37.98 per person

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a second cruise for free.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic waters off the south coast of Madeira
  • Cruise along the coast of Madeira by catamaran
  • Get a 2nd whale and dolphin watching tour for free if you don't see any cetaceans
  • Swim at the foot of one of Europe's highest sea cliffs
Full description

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. Be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you tour Madeira's south coast on a catamaran cruise. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. Also get historical and technical information for a truly unique experience.

In the event, you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a complimentary second trip. However, if you only see dolphins but not whales, no refund will be offered.

  • Catamaran cruise
  • Crew
  • Live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet at the VMT Madeira Kiosk in Funchal Marina for check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  •  Please bring a windbreaker and sunscreen. In the summer, you can also bring a towel and swimwear to swim
  •  The catamarans are equipped with toilets, and a bar serving snacks and beverages (available for purchase)
  •  Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is cancelled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  •  Tours may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements, or in the event of bad weather. Should this occur, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 578 reviews

Review summary

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Good sea trip overall. Meeting point, easy to find, reception on the boat, in the rules. The only negative point is that the guide spoke Portuguese and English, but not French. Moreover, when vs made, tourism, the French language, is generally forgotten, our president, should make an action, on this subject. We are still being left behind, and that's irritating to say the least. We didn't see much, at most, 2.3 whales, in the distance, very stealthily, but unfortunately, no dolphins. No chance ! It's the game. We were able to admire the Coast, and Cape Girao, and its famous platform. So overall, nice ride, but.a little disappointing.

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January 16, 2023

I loved it, it was awesome. Of course, not everyone likes it and it's comfortable, I want to say yes, but the crew is always looking out for all the people who are in a bad mood and I even went for a swim. I loved and enjoyed this experience very much.

November 6, 2022

The catamaran is clean and is not completely overcrowded. Even drove two. The nets on the water are great and the waves at the end are great fun. Unfortunately: We are extra! drove along because of the advertised dolphins and didn't have any! seen. But only one star deduction because we got another free ride.

September 15, 2022

Product ID: 57215