Water activity

Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: H2oMadeira

Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

Activity provider: H2oMadeira
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 48.29 per person

Have you ever been curious about the other inhabitants of the planet that lurk beneath the waves? Finally satiate your curiosity with the fantastic tour and see what the ancient Greeks called “Ketos” – the marine monster – in their natural habitat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 2 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese


  • See magnificent whales and dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Take in fantastic views of Madeira island
  • Benefit from the expert help of your friendly guides
Full description
Discover magnificent marine monsters in their natural habitat with this fantastic tour. After boarding your boat, set off on a 2-hour journey of discovery as you venture into the Atlantic ocean. Finally get close to some of the most amazing animals on the planet.  Aboard your RIB boat, you can quickly reach where the animals are, and increase your chances of seeing more species on your trip. With the help of an expert spotter, you can really make the most of your experience with up-to-date information about where the whales and dolphins are. During the boat trip, you will also be accompanied by an experienced crew, who will beguile you with tales and everything you need to know about the marine life around Madeira island.  Marvel at amazing whales and dolphins, swimming and diving in their natural habitat. From your boat, you can also take in fantastic views of Madeira island. With your friendly expert guides, you will have a truly unforgettable experience. 
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    Not suitable for
    • People with back problems
    • 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

    Please meet at the local tour operator's office 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. It is located at Avenida D. Manuel I - Porto de Recreio da Calheta, 9370-133 Vila da Calheta, Portugal

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Weather-appropriate clothing
    • Water
    • Hat
    • Windbreaker

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Drones
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 26 reviews

    Review summary

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    We saw 2 schools of dolphins, the first one was small in number, but it was a larger dolphin species. The second school was much greater in number, but much greater in number. The 2 crew members were friendly and helpful, especially when 1 of the passengers became seasick. It was great to see the dolphins up close, sometimes swimming under the boat or right in front of the boat. Sailing with a RIB is also an experience in itself and we had nice weather, so it was also a nice experience at sea…. Recommended !

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    April 6, 2022

    Beautiful tour! We saw a lot of dolphins and even one of the rare monk seals. We would do it again at any time and can only recommend the trip to everyone :) The special thing: at the end there are even professional pictures that are sent to you free of charge afterwards. Really great service, because you can hardly capture these moments with a cell phone.

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    February 18, 2022

    The tour was super fun and we got to see Blaineville's Beaked Whales and dolphins. The tour was rescheduled once beforehand due to bad weather, via phone call and SMS, as the conditions were not ideal and the spotters were unable to spot any whales (but this is completely normal and the same with other providers). The ride was super nice and also action-packed. Because of the speed, I recommend everyone to take a windbreaker with them. Despite the action, the skipper and spotter tried very hard to be careful around the whales. The group was approached slowly and at a distance, and due to the small boat, everyone could see optimally.

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    January 11, 2022

    Product ID: 200314