Water activity

Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip

Activity provider: Madeira Seekers

Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip

Activity provider: Madeira Seekers
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 40.78 per person

The Santa Maria de Colombo, built in 1998, is a Madeira pirate ship that’s an exact replica of the Christopher Columbus flagship. Enjoy a boat trip with a sense of adventure, and feel what it was like when the island was discovered some 500 years ago.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Sail along the coast aboard a Madeira pirate ship
  • Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales, which are sighted throughout the year
  • Enjoy honey cake and a glass of Madeira wine
Full description
A magnificent replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was built on the island of Madeira, between July 1997 and July 1998, in the fishing village of Camara de Lobos. Since it was built thousands of people have sailed aboard the ship, experiencing more than just a normal boat ride, as you’ll soon find out on this 3-hour tour. Santa Maria de Colombo is also the most photographed boat in Madeira. A number of local and international TV documentaries have been made on board this famous ship, including The Discovery Channel’s The Quest for Columbus. The idea of this boat trip is for you to experience history, while at the same time enjoying the breathtaking views of Madeira´s south coast. In addition to the views, you’re very likely to see dolphins and whales as well. The ship will anchor in front of the majestic cliff of Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe. If you like you can enjoy a swim in the warm and crystal-clear water. A sail on the Santa Maria is your chance to re-live Christopher Columbus´s voyage of discovery and imagine how he and his crew felt as they headed into the unknown.
  • Boat trip
  • Madeira honey cake
  • Glass of Madeira wine
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    In front of the Santa Maria de Colombo ship at the main Funchal harbor

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    Important information

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    • In summer months be sure to bring a swimsuit, sun protection, and a towel. In the winter months you'll need to bring something warm to wear as well.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 280 reviews

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    We expected at least something to hear about Columbus, the ship or anything else. But it was just a ride. Also the price was 3 € more than at the place. Don't make the same mistake! And we bought our tickets and they called us it was already full so we had to rebook so I don't understand why the website allowed us to book, it's just chaotic.

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    July 17, 2021

    Very good but there is no explanation of the living conditions on board the boat at the time of Christopher Columbus, no anecdote, it's a shame it's missing ... But the crew is nice, the boat is really well done and we could see dolphins! The experience is worth the 35 €!

    August 22, 2020

    I consider the cruise very successful. The weather was great. Wonderful views. we were able to see spotted dolphins. My husband, who is a true nature lover, was the most pleased with the trip. He regretted a bit that we were unable to see the whales, but he came to the conclusion that we might have more luck next time :). It is also worth mentioning that the Santa Maria crew were very friendly and helpful in providing information. The ship itself is very atmospheric. It is really worth going on such a cruise. Impressions are unforgettable.

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    January 25, 2020

    Product ID: 55409