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Funchal Boat Tours & River Cruises
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We saw 3 species in total: two kinds of dolphins and one kind of whale

Wonderful trip during which we could enjoy the impressive Atlantic ocean, the landscape of Madeira, but most importantly, the whales and dolphins we were there for. The weather was nice and warm, and the ocean was really calm and smooth. We were "escorted" by two types of dolphins: short-beaked common dolphin and bottlenose dolphin. Just before we had to turn back a couple of short-finned pilot whales made the whole trip worth it. However, this trip would have worth nothing without the competent support and service of both the land- and on-board crew! All the boys and girls knew really well what they were doing there, and strived for the best service possible. Needless to say, I had more contact with the crew on the boat, and they answered competently all my questions, regardless of whether they were directly related to the cruise or not. In short: highly recommended! I'll be back! ;)

Great trip - free second trip if the wildlife doesn't show!

Despite a great trip and the opportunity to take a dip in the sea at the foot of Cabo Girao, the dolphins/whales were a no show. However, VMT Madeira offers a free second trip if that happens, which was worth the additional expense when compared to some of the slightly cheaper trips available. I took my second trip a few days later in the afternoon and we were treated to a turtle passing by the boat and a pod of dolphins that swam ahead of the boat for a good 10 minutes. Great trip, great staff and would definitely recommend - the insurance of a second trip is definitely worth it.

Too short stay and tour on ilhas desertas for such a long boat trip

Although the staff on the catamaran was very friendly and professional (no complaints there whatsoever), I found the whole experience to be rather disappointing. The trip to and from ilhas desertas takes a long time, and too much so in comparison to the time spent on deserta grande. The tour there is extremely short (10-15 minutes) which is really too bad. While one group does the tour, the other group has the opportunity to engage in some activities such as stand-up paddling and snorkling, but in my opinion this doesn't make up for the short stay on the island.

Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/16/2017

A lovely experience and we did see a pod of dolphins

A lovely sunny day with clear view allowed us to view Madeira from the water. Nice catamaran with plenty of space for everyone, bar and toilets on board, a professional crew who even managed to find a pod of dolphins to view and then steered us back to Funchal close to the coast, explained the sights along the way.

Amazing, 30 minitems and surrounded by over 100 dolphins!!

An excellent trip over 100 dolphins with babies around boat. Went over to cab girao where we could swim below the cliff. A knowledgeable guide pointed out all the points of interest on the ride back along the coast. Very enjoyable trip, will definitely being going again when back in funchal.