Top attractions in Estreito da Calheta
Our most recommended things to do in Estreito da Calheta
1. Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel
Discover the protected marine areas surrounding the island of Madeira on a boat trip with expert local guides. Enjoy a whale-watching excursion on the "Ribeira Brava", a traditional wooden fishing boat restored down to the smallest detail which the only boat of its kind in Madeira. Admire the views of the coast as you sail out to sea. Explore and try to spot monk seals, different bird species, dolphins, and whale species in their natural habitat. Watch amazing breaches and marine creatures frolicking in the open ocean.
2. Madeira: 2-Hour Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour
Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.
3. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk
Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.
4. Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta
Embark on a kayaking tour from Ponta Calheta and discover beautiful landscapes of volcanic rock formations, caves, and rugged coastlines. Choose from two different routes: Kayaking to Cal Islet Start the tour on Calheta Beach and head to the nearby Cal Islet located just offshore. See the rugged volcanic rock formations of the island including its many caves and high cliffs. Kayaking to Zimbralinho Beach Start from Calheta Beach and kayak along the coast to Zimbralinho Beach. Discover the beautiful coast of Porto Santo ánd its inlets, arriving at the pristine Zimbralinho Beach.
5. Madeira: Snorkeling with Dolphins
Spend two hours snorkeling in the open ocean and encounter dolphins face-to-face in their own environment. Take in the stunning sights of the Madeira coastline as you go. Arrive at our facilities and suit up in your gear before embarking on a boat ride with our guides. Once in the perfect location, jump into the water, and hold onto buoys fixed to a snorkeling rope. Relax and be pulled slowly by the boat at the water’s surface alongside the dolphins. Enjoy a passive encounter with these majestic creatures that does not involve actively swimming with the animals. Our experienced crew will take the animals’ behavior and their eagerness to interact into consideration as well as the physical condition of participants before and during the trip. Enjoy the opportunity to meet these impressive animals underwater. Appreciate a respectful approach towards encountering these creatures and othe...
6. Madeira: Levada Brasileiro to Moinhos Private Walking Tour
Inspire the soul and the spirit as you hike with a variety of landscapes and terrain that awakes all the senses, in a truly unique experience within the region of Madeira. Begin with a descent to Levada do Brasileiro, with a rather irregular, and steep path that goes deeper into the heart of the Laurissilva forest until you reach the levada. Continue your trail along the water in a rustic surrounding, with endemic species of flora and fauna. Visit the Lagoa do Bardo and enjoy a break before continuing along a pleasant path with open fields with denser vegetation, and taking in the beautiful views. Walk through Levada do Moinho until you find the forest road which you should take to return to the road, near to the starting point.
7. Madeira: Old Roads to Calheta Tour
Travel the old roads to discover sea and mountain views on the western coast of Madeira on this tour to Calheta. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, plenty of photo opportunities, and stops for tasting local food and drinks.
Along the tour, take in the views over Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão, followed by Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, and finally Calheta.
Discover places only known by locals and learn information about the spots you visit. There will also be stops in between for optional snacks and drinks. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Madeiran Mountains will be a constant backdrop for your tour.
Later, get dropped off at a location in the city of Funchal.
8. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour
Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.
9. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour
Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar c...
10. Madeira: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour
This pleasant walk starts in Prazeres, and travels to the south of the Island to the area of Raposeira. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Madeira by your driver and professional guide and taken to the beginning of the guided tour. Through the Levada, you can see some rich wilderness and wildlife and learn about it all from your expert guide You can enjoy views of the valleys, the eucalyptus and pine trees and learn about the Levadas, which were carved into the cliff to help carry water down to the farms and plantations. You will also pass some traditional houses and their residents at work farming.
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What people are saying about Estreito da Calheta
We saw dolphins and pilot whales. The traditional boat has its own charm and the whole team was super nice and could tell us a lot about the different dolphins and whales. We would definitely book through the company again :)
It was a great experience, we saw a lot of dolphins. The staff are super nice and helpful.
The trip was excellent and the guide knowledgeable and friendly.