Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

4.9 / 5

28 reviews

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 42.20 per person

Admire the beautiful surroundings of Funchal by boat as you search for whales and dolphins. There will be a stop for swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão or you can simply enjoy a drink as you admire the sunset.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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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
Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. On this relaxing sailing trip, you will be searching for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment.  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 onboard and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.
  • Open bar
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Instructor
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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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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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

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This three hour trip was an experience! You arrive directly on the super nice sailing boat. We were able to relax and sit down on beanbags in the front of the bow and move freely on the boat during the entire trip. From Madeira wine to beer and soft drinks, nothing was missing - everything was included in the price. The guide told exciting stories about the island and made sure that we didn't miss anything (the Madeira wine flowed ;) ). Accompanied by dolphins, who playfully accompanied the boat, we then went along the coast to Cabo Girao. After a jump from Bort into the Atlantic, we went back past Camara de Lobos to the port of Funchal with a fantastic sunset (despite the clouds - simply magical). A thousand thanks to the team for these special hours and unique impressions. THANK YOU!

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April 21, 2022

Absolutely insanely nice team on site and the boat tour was incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately we didn't see any dolphins and/or whales, but the booking was worth it just because of the beautiful view, the sunset, the island insider tips and the great recommendations for excursions and restaurants. We were able to learn a lot about Madeira during the boat tour and we can absolutely recommend the tour.

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April 3, 2022

From booking to "Get your guide", being there 30 minutes before, showing the toilet (everything clean) and then onto the sailing boat, everything worked out. We got the best seats on the boat as a family, right at the front in Styrofoam bead cushions we had a super great sailing tour. The guides Bruno and Robert were very nice and explained the route in English. We were lucky enough to see and experience 3 dolphins swimming along our boat. A wonderful view of Funchal, surroundings, on the cliff from where you can see 548m down, a beautiful sunset and last but not least a fantastic rainbow. Drinks were requested and brought during the journey. A tour couldn't go any better.

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March 26, 2022

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