Funchal: Catamaran Dolphin and Whale Watching
- Duration: 3 hours
Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the crew before boarding.
Choose from the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets.
Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of the marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal.
Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,9...
It was a great experience and the guide tell us a lot about wildlife and about Madeira.
Take a scenic sail in a catamaran along the Madeira coast. See dolphins, whales, and turtles playing in their natural habitat. Throughout the year Madeira has different aquatic mammals journeying through its blue waters. Whether you come in summer or winter, the chances are high you’ll see one these amazing creatures. Stop for a swim during the summer season, and make use of the complimentary snorkeling equipment. Bar service is also available.
A good afternoon and a very competent and amicable crew. We saw pilot whales and dolphins, who raced through the water peacefully. Onward to the cliff where, at the base, there was terracing - the triumph of hope over experience. A tiny cable car goes up and down. Great trip, and a welcome beer and rare whiskey were held the price of the (pretty grim) prices in Funchal. After feeling like pieces of sh1t for the embarrassment that is Brexit, it felt good not to be treated as such. Brexit - the uk’s ruin.
Depart from Funchal and head towards San Vicente along the north coast. Visit one of the most famous viewpoints, where you can look out to Porto Santo Island in clear weather. You will also be able to see the waterfall resembling a bride's veil, named Veu da Noiva. Next, stop at the natural volcanic pools in Seicxal, where you can swim in crystal waters. Also visit Porto Moniz's lava pools and Paul da Serra, the biggest plateau on the island at nearly 1500 meters high. This beautiful place provides stunning views and is an ideal spot for lunch. Visit Fanal, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal filled with centenary trees. As the last stop, go to Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. Try out the suspended glass floor viewpoint. Finally, return to your accommodation.
The trip was amazing, better than expected. Our guide Duarte was very knowledgeable and helpful. Recommend.
You tour will start from 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 seaching for dolphins, whales and sea turtles up to 3 miles form the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in its natural environment. You will stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe at 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea. If you don't want to swim, you can admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered some drinks on board before heading back to the marina.
Passeio incrível da parte da manhã pela costa do Funchal até ao Cabo Girão. O mar estava tranquilo. O mergulho em alto mar é imperdível. A água estava super quente! Nao éramos muitas pessoas no iate o que em tempos de covid é muito seguro. O Francisco e o Renato são super simpáticos e atenciosos. Podía haver uma pouco mais de intereacção acerca das pequenas curiosidades daquela zona da ilha ao longo do percurso que fizemos. A única vida selvagem que conseguimos ver foi uma tartaruga o que, aparentemente, é mais raro do que avistar golfinhos e baleias. Gostamos muito!
Escape the hustle and bustle of Funchal on a full-day scenic tour of the west of Madeira. Following pickup from selected hotels in Funchal, pass through the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Continue to Cabo Girão Skywalk, Europe's highest cliff skywalk at 589m. Next, head towards the Ribeira Brava and go north through the deep and narrow valleys of Serra D'Água. Upon arrival at Encumeada at the top of the valley, enjoy an incredible view of the south and north coast of the island. Cross a mountain pass, where both sides of the island are visible, and travel down to the rugged beauty of the north coast, where Atlantic rollers deposit white surf on the cliffs. Traverse Madeira's highest plateau, and enjoy more spectacular panoramas. Next, go to São Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. Visit the beautiful village of Porto Moniz. Here you will have approximately 1 hour for ...
Great, knowledgeable and funny driver/guide. Good quality minibus, with safety features explained and adhered too. Great location on route, with plenty of time to enjoy them. Would definitely recommend the trip.
Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world. A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. In the event you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a 2nd trip. Get historical and technical information from your crew for a truly unique experience.
The trip was very nice and well organized.First day we could not see any dolphins or whales unfortunately but had a chance to swim around Cabo Girão.I think it was very thoughtful that the agency gave another chance to rebook the trip and when we joined next day we could see some marine life.
Discover the extraordinary beauty of Madeira at your own pace with a 2 or 5 day ticket for the yellow hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Jump off at the sites in the capital of Funchal that interest you most, and get access to its surroundings, including the panoramic viewpoints of "The Pearl of the Atlantic." Jump off at any of the 30 stops along a route that takes you through Funchal’s quaint, cobblestone streets. Enjoy breathtaking views from observation points, such as the one at Pico dos Barcelos. Discover landmark monuments such as Town Hall Square and the Cathedral. Marvel at pretty gardens, and hop off at the Madeira Wine Museum to enjoy a glass of the island’s famous wine! The 3-in-1 ticket also provides access to the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, thought to be the original landing point for the Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco. Gaze out at the Atlan...
Great way to tour the island. Although frequency of the buses is very poor. Also timetable schedules should be extended to allow later departure from Funchal.
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.
This is worth the money; modern catamaran, exclusive feel, crew are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, plenty of complimentary drinks and snacks available. Plenty of pilot whales and dolphins to watch for c30 mins.
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...
It extremely fun experience, particularly jump to the water from ship like that :)
From Funchal, head to Serra d'Agua, a valley at the center of the island. Afterward, go to Encumeada viewpoint with its great views over north and south of the island, a high point that connects Ribeira Brava, São Vicente, and Paúl da Serra. After passing Chão dos Louros Forest Park, whose name comes from the abundance of laurels trees, take a nice off-road drive with fantastic views over Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela, Paul da Serra, and São Vicente. Then, have a fabulous experience with a very important wine producer in Madeira, enjoying a guided tour through the vineyards, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a professional explanation about traditions, wine culture, and wine production given by an oenologist. Finally, move on to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe and second in the world at 589 meters, known for its suspended glass floor balcony that offers a spectacular panoramic v...
The tour was interesting. I say interesting as the off road part is only recommended if you don’t mind heights and big drops by the side of the road. The wine tasting was good and the short tour of the vineyard ok.
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We really enjoyed our trip with the catamaran. The people were very friendly and gave us some info about the dolphins we saw. The boat is also very clean! I really recommand this trip!
Odd experience. See dolphins in their natural habitat - The Sea. And the sea lion. Very friendly and enthusiastic staff. Well documented ❤️
Super friendly and helpful people, I highly recommend it, as it is an amazing experience to watch dolphins and ride a yacht
It was a great experience and the guide tell us a lot about wildlife and about Madeira.
Very beautiful tour, good weather, observation of many dolphins, 5* staff