Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira
Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

From US$ 43.37 per person

Admire the beautiful surroundings of Funchal by boat as you search for whales and dolphins on this guided boat tour. Swim and snorkel at Cabo Girão, or simply enjoy a drink as you admire the sunset.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • See dolphins and whales in their natural environment
  • Swim in gorgeous Cabo Girão
  • Admire a beautiful sunset
Full description

Get the chance to see dolphins, whales, and sea turtles on this relaxing sailing trip up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in its natural environment. Swim, snorkel or sit back and admire the views, and enjoy a complimentary adult beverage.

Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. There will be a stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão. Here, you can see the highest sea cliff in Europe, which towers 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

If you don't want to swim, you can simply admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered one complimentary drink on board and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.

  • Guided sunset tour
  • Open bar
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Gaviao - Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips. Please arrive 30 minutes before the activity is scheduled to start.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • In the event of cancellation due to bad weather, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund
  • Sightings of marine life are not guaranteed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 234 reviews

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We had a great time on the sunset sailing tour. We’re very lucky to see a large pod of pilot whales which was spectacular. Followed by a nice dip in the sea and beautiful sunset. The staff were extremely friendly and on hand to serve drinks throughout the trip.

April 1, 2023

It's an amazing, adventurous and very romantic experience. This was a perfect activity to celebrate our marriage anniversary. Awesome and very professional crew gave us very interesting information about ocean life and Madeira in general. They also were just great companions to have such trip with and treated us with tasty wine and beer. We saw whales, dolphins and a sea turtle, so all goals has been achieved.

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April 1, 2023

Had an amazing time. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Free drinks (20cl beers, wine, or Softdrinks). We saw several groups of whales and some dolphins. Although the sail was up, we did rely upon the motor … so it was a semi sailing experience. Very enjoyable.

April 1, 2023

Product ID: 404238