Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

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Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

From $57.90 per person

Make memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about these fascinating creatures, and get up close and personal with them as you swim alongside them in the crystal clear waters of Madeira.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy a 99% chance of spotting whales and dolphins
  • Swim in the area with the highest concentration of cetacean of Madeira
  • See the crystal clear wates of Madeira Island
Full description
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.  As you swim, your guide will take photos of you with the dolphins as a reminder of the experience.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Unfortunately, no food will be served on this tour but there is a café where you can purchase it
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the new marina of Funchal (marina nova), the small one with the big catamarans, in front of the door 4 (last one on the left).

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen

    Know before you go

    • Madeira’s regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the natural habitat. It is possible to get in the water with 2 species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins.
    • Due to environmental and behavioral factors, it cannot be guaranteed that you always can always enter in water but the crew will do everything possible for a successful trip. The rate of successful trips is 90%
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 60 reviews

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    Incredible experience with Marco the Skipper and Marco the guide! Really friendly team, professional, we swam with a big pod of dolphins! It was amazing to see them in their natural environment! They really did everything for us to be able to go in the water with them! Thank you for this unforgettable moment :)

    27 July 2021

    It was really an unbelievably beautiful experience to watch dolphins in their natural environment and to get very close to them .. we were lucky and saw 2 whales and 2 schools of dolphins :) All in all it was really great .. All in all it was a bit more stressful than we thought, but that's just how it is with wild nature. Cécile was very nice, funny and knew how to provide us with a lot of information about dolphins and whales.

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    28 June 2021

    An absolute must! The team was very competent and super friendly. We saw the first group after the first 10 minutes! In the end, with a lot of effort, we actually found the dolphins that we were allowed to join in the water. Our tour lasted much longer than two hours and that just shows the passion of the team! Good to know: you get wetsuits and at the end you can take a hot shower in the diving center, so that the cooler wind was easy to bear.

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    19 October 2020

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