Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching
- Duration: 3 hours
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Highly recommend Lido Tours for this walk and our excellent guide for the day. From Funchal we drove for 30 mins before stopping at a supermarket to use the toilet (the last chance) and to buy lunch if needed. Then after 15 mins drive we reached the walk. This route is busy and popular, but still beautiful. The walk begins high up where it is cooler so bring layers. Most of the walk is downhill or flat when doing it on this route. On the way to the fountains there is only 2 uphill climbs, around 60 steps up and then a further 100+ steps right before the fountains. On the way back there is just 57 steps down and then up again and the whole route back is flat as you go back through a tunnel and get picked up there instead. The guide was excellent at keeping a steady pace and giving lots of information about the nature and history with regular stops. As someone with a low fitness level it great and I never felt left behind. Be aware if not cutting through the tunnel its much harder!
True Spirit gets pole position as best tour company after a week of different tours during our time in Madeira. Rui was an excellent guide with in-depth knowledge of the island, a friendly demeanor and capable and safe driver, which you need to enjoy the off-road elements of the trip. There was room for 8 guests, with 4 in the back, 3 in the middle and one passenger at the front. We had a good amount of time at each sight, and there was lots information given throughout the journey. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to swim in the North, but we got to watch the amazing waves. Lunch was delicious and the off roading was really good fun. Flat sandals worked fine as footwear but bring layers as is can get colder but it's much more fun with the roof down!
We booked a second tour with True Spirit as we enjoyed the first so much. This was a half day tour with Diogo who was also friendly, informative and fun. We were lucky to have great weather the whole morning, getting to see incredible views along our journey and at the main sights. The off roading was fantastic and with great views and lots of nature and wildlife to be seen. Love how ethical this company is too, with Diogo picking up any rubbish he saw on the way
We had an excellent time! The guides were very nice, the views were magnificent and we saw pilot whales and dolphins up close — we were very lucky. And the sailboat experience overall was totally worth it. Highly recommend :)
Carlos our guide was lovely and drove carefully on the very curly roads!!. Scenery brilliant. Toboggan ride great fun. Wish we didn't have masks on for the photos!!!