1. Portugal
  2. Madeira
  3. Funchal
  4. Câmara de Lobos

Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip

Product ID: 55409
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
Starting times 10:30 AM, 3:00 PM
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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

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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
Know before you go
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 186 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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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

A chance to see how sailers of yesterday travelled. The crew were very good and stopped to allow us to see the dolphins that were swimming nearby. You can go for a swim if you want, into warm Atlantic Ocean. Approx 3hours duration that went far too quickly. Very relaxing. Would recommend.

September 10, 2019

A very relaxing three hours. Limited information offered on board but a few land marks were pointed out and explained. Madeira wine and honey cake was a nice touch half way into the tour. This was a good way to see Madeira from the sea and doing this on a reproduction of the Santa Maria made for a slightly more unique experience.

May 17, 2018

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Madeira Seekers

Product ID: 55409