Funchal
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All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

1. All Inclusive Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Tour

Your 3-hour luxury catamaran tour begins at the docks of the new marina of Funchal. Board the catamaran and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before setting off. Sail into the ocean to find dolphins, whales, and turtles. Spot these creatures in their natural habitat. After sailing around spotting dolphins, whales and turtles enjoy a 30 minute stop next to Cabo Girão, the 1920 foot (586m) seaside cliff. Here you have a change o go swimming in the crystal clear waters. After a quick swim, you will get back on the boat where you can relax and enjoy the views of the coast of Funchal as you head back to the marina.

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Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

2. Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

In the crystal clear waters of Madeira Island, swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. With assistance from an expert team of guides and divers, learn about the specific approach techniques needed to interact with these amazingly intelligent creatures. Madeira's regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the subtle natural balance that these magnificent animals deserve. It may be possible to swim with 2 species of dolphins: Common Dolphins and Spotted Dolphins. As you enter the water, you remain safely connected to the boat at all times. Glide along the waters and swim with the dolphins in front, below and next to you as you admire these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat and make unforgettable memories. 

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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

3. Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales and dolphins in their natural environment on a small group cruise with a dedicated crew. Powered by 2x 250hp engines, you can expect to cover larger distances than any other boat in Funchal in comfort. This means you will have the best chance to spot the wildlife. Wildlife spotters work hard on land to find the animals before you set out on your trip. Update progress Depending on the species and sea conditions, you can get very close to the whales and dolphins, but remember, it is wildlife, and the primary goal is to be respectful of their habitat. Listen to informative commentary about the sea life of Madeira, as your crew and marine biologist guide make sure you have a great time whilst learning about the local cetaceans, fauna, and flora. Encounter different groups of dolphins, whales and turtles in the water, and get up-close sightings as you speed across large distances in little time. Marvel as the animals breach and splash about in the water, and learn more about these amazing creatures and life in the ocean from the certified guides. 

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Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

4. Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Start with a short briefing from your biologist guide, which will provide information on the various types of wildlife you will search for on the tour. Set out in a speed boat with a capacity for 12 people. Admire the beautiful coastline of the island of Madeira while searching for various marine species. With a skilled crew, embark on a search for various species of dolphin and whales which are found in the waters surrounding the island. You are guaranteed to catch sightings of cetaceans while on the tour. If any species are not found, you will be offered a second trip for free.

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Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

5. Madeira Island: Whale and Dolphin Watching

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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From Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

6. From Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Climb aboard a fast, semi-rigid boat and go in search of whales and dolphins off the coast of Madeira. Benefit from the local knowledge and expertise of a team of marine biologists who will tell you all you need to know about the amazing creatures and their habits along the way. Get a short introduction at the start of your adventure, and relax in the knowledge that there will be lookouts on land to guide you to wherever the animals are located in the sea. Encounter the amazing creatures in their natural environment and get the chance to jump in and swim with dolphins and turtles for memories to last a lifetime. Travel in small groups for a more intimate experience thanks to a fleet of 2 boats with 18 seats and 1 with only 14 seats. Be enchanted by the endearing sea mammals as they approach you to play in the sea!

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Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

7. Funchal: Skywalk, Madeira Wine 4x4 Tour & Dolphins Watching

Depart Funchal and drive to the Miradouro Boca dos Namorados for panoramic views almost 1,000 meters above sea level. Admire the famous Nun’s Valley and viewpoint of Eira do Serrado. Then, experience the island's unique nature on an off-road experience. Go to the Jardim da Serra at the heart of the cherry-growing region. Continue to Cabo Girão to see Europe's highest cliff at 589 meters tall. Get a fantastic view of Câmara de Lobos, Funchal Bay and the ocean. The viewpoint has been renovated and is known for its suspended glass floor balcony. End your jeep tour with a visit to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and discover one of the most traditional places on Madeira. Following drop off at Funchal Harbor, embark on a dolphin and whale watching tour by boat. Climb aboard a catamaran and cruise along the south coast of Madeira. Relax on the 3-hour trip with strong possibilities of seeing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During summer months, there is also the possibility of swimming below the cliff of Cabo Girao. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor. Get detailed explanations about the cetacean species that you can see from the informative crew.

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Madeira: 2-Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

8. Madeira: 2-Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

The waters of Madeira island are very rich in cetaceans - including 29 different species. On this boat trip you head towards Cabo Girão, which is the second highest sea cliff in the world. On the way there, you will see dolphins and whales. The crew will stop the boat for about 20 minutes so you may enjoy a swim in the ocean, if conditions allow. On the way back, you will sail closer to land in order to enjoy the view while listening to interesting information from your guide. As the boat is smaller than other boats you may find on Madeira Island, this allows for the animals to get very close to you. Your certified guide is an expert who can explain everything you need to know about the sighted sea life. The company also provides a photo report of your trip, bottled water, and raincoats. The trip is run with a maximum of 10 people and a minimum of 2, so you get a more personalized experience.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,234 reviews

With a choppy sea ahead the ride out to sea was like a rollercoaster ride. We were on the third row and felt all the bumps but it was great fun. Sitting at the back is better for those with a bad back though. The boat does provide a poncho if you are getting wet. Its a fantastic way to see the island and we got to watch planes landing from sea. After a while we came across a pod of pilot whales and they were beautiful. The marine biologist on board gave a huge amount of information and it was great to learn a lot about these dolphins.

What a cool experience! The speedboat and amazing sights would be enough, but include the possibility of seeing sea life to it!? Amazing! We were able to see sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, and it was quite the sight to see! Our guides and other passengers were extremely patient and it was totally worth it!

We had a wonderful experience with our biologist Anna and skipper Miguel. We were very lucky - we saw three kinds of whale (small fin pilot , bryde’s and fin). One was about 5m away! We didn’t see any dolphins but we have no complaints because whales are rarer to spot and we totally got our money’s worth. Highly recommended.

A truly memorable experience. We were lucky to see dolphins, pilot whales, and the icing on the cake was a group of fin whales within 50 yards of our craft.

Great experience with knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Got to see many sperm whale close up.