Water activity

From Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

From Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

From US$ 26.36 per person

Set sail for Cabo Girao, one of the world's largest sea cliffs, on a dolphin-spotting cruise from Funchal. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales as you sail on an eco-friendly catamaran.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Silent emission free Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Catamaran build with Modern Tecnology
  • Large nets for observation area
  • Only Catamaran in Madeira has Hybrid engines
  • Watching the wild life silent engaged our electric engines
Full description
Go green with the #1 dolphin and whale watching experience in Madeira Island! Cruise on our brand new purpose-built eco-friendly catamaran and enjoy a comfortable cruise along the south coast of Madeira Island. Watch out for wonderful whales and dolphins jumping and splashing nearby. When sea life arrives our electric engines engage for silent emission free cruising which helps keep the cetaceans very happy! On this tour we will sail a few miles out of Funchal looking for all kinds of wildlife such as dolphins, whales, turtles and endemic birds. We often spot these animals jumping and splashing nearby and it’s always a great sight that never gets old!! Our certified guides will provide you with informative commentary and fun facts about the cetaceans and different species that you may find on your trip and in Madeira Island. On our way back, we sail close to the coast passing by many points of interest such Cabo Girão where you will enjoy stunning views of one of the highest sea cliffs in the world! Camara de Lobos Bay – a traditional fishing village; the world famous Reid’s Hotel where Winston Churchill used to stay during his visits to Madeira Island and much more! You will be able to sit back and take in the beautiful views of the south coast of Madeira Island. Magic Dolphin Eco is the only purpose built catamaran for dolphin and whale watching in Madeira Island. It was carefully developed to assure our passengers a safe, comfortable and unforgettable cruise! It is the only ecological catamaran with hybrid-electric engines for dolphin and whale watching, making it the best experience not only for our guests, but also for our beloved cetaceans! Bar service (2x) with drinks and snacks available; Toilets (2x) on deck wheelchair accessible; Two decks for better sightseeing; Fantastic upper deck providing 360° panoramic views! Great bridge deck shade area; Large nets and sea life observation area; Seating for everyone inside and out; Fast Catamaran – up to 20 knots; Modern safety construction 2022; Stable and comfortable cruising. We are one of very few companies to work with professional sealife spotters on land, providing the best possible chances of seeing them in their natural habitat and high quality observation! We are all about responsible dolphin and whale watching, and love sharing our knowledge with you! Join us and observe sealife the right way, in the wild! Note: The cetaceans in Madeira are wild and free, and it is simply not possible to guarantee their sighting. We observe cetaceans every day, however not always every trip. We will always do our best to find them, however if you are unlucky we will do our best to make you happy! Note: Please arrive to our office in Funchal Marina 30 minutes before departure. If you miss the boat, you will be refused a refund. Note: Cancelations/ Booking Changes must be made 24h prior to departure time.
Includes
  • Unlimited access to the catamaran facilities (superior deck, nets area, bars, ect); Certified Crew/ Guides; Professional Spotters on Land.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off; Food and Drinks; Snorkel Equipment; Swim stop.
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Meeting point

You must exchange your voucher for a boarding card at the ticket counter before tour begins. Look for Magic Dolphin in Marina do Funchal, where all the catamarans are located. Our offices have clearly visible boards outside with Magic Dolphin advertisement.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Smoking
  • Intoxication
  • Vaping
  • Fishing
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Glass objects
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Feeding animals
  • Touching marine life
  • Explosive substances
  • Making fire
  • Nudity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 117 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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Magic Dolphin catamarano is really nice built on two floors, so you really enjoy any view and space. The staff Is really kind and try to find group animals to show as much as possibile to the visitors. they really take care of respecting rules so not to disturb Animals and proteced Areas. we were lucky enough to meet a couple of bottleneck dolphins and a big group of striped dolphins :) I would recommend to anybody.

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November 16, 2022

Brilliant trip with a very professional crew. Nice spacious catamaran and the possibility to buy drinks and snacks. Good explanation of what we were seeing in English and Portuguese plus an informal talk with the expert on board with pictures. We saw bottle nose dolphins and pilot whales on our trip which was great.

November 10, 2022

The team was super nice and the boat was very neat and clean. We went with low expectations, but in fact we were able to see 3 different dolphins and whale species (rough-toothed dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and pilot whale). It is probably very rare to see the rough-toothed dolphins at this time and it was just so great to see how even the crew was very happy about the experience. So we can recommend it 10000%. It was the perfect end to a wonderful holiday for us.

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November 4, 2022

Product ID: 426409