Funchal: Sailing Boat Tour to the Desertas Islands

Funchal: Sailing Boat Tour to the Desertas Islands

From $95.26 per person

Board a full-day boat trip to the Desertas Islands. Explore the nature reserve and see Monk Seals in their natural habitat. Go swimming in the clear waters surrounding the islands.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, Spanish
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your hotel in Funchal.


  • Explore the coast of Desertas Island on a boat tour
  • Swim in the warm clear waters
  • Spend the day sailing on a small sailing yacht
  • Learn about the island's history, fauna and flora
Full description
Board the sail boat at the marina and set off for the Desertas Islands. The journey will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The boat's sail will be used if there is enough wind. Look out for dolphins and whales on the outbound trip.  Upon arrival at the islands, you will be taken on a walking guided tour to explore the natural reserve, where Monk seals and many types of birds can be found. Admire the different colors of volcanic rock, which include red, orange, and brown.  Hear some important historical facts about these islands that have never been inhabited by humans. Learn how they were never colonized due to a lack of drinking water and the inhospitable characteristics of the terrain.  Enjoy free time to go swimming in the clear water. There is also a kayak on board to be shared with the other guests to enjoy the water. You will arrive back at the marina at around 6:00 PM.
  • Hotel pickup from Funchal (if option selected)
  • Sandwich lunch (vegetarian option available)
  • Beer, water, soft drinks, red and white wine, Madeira wine
  • Guided tour of the island
  • Use of snorkeling equipement
  • Use of kayak
  • Pickup from hotels outside Funchal
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Other food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive at the Marina Do Funchal 30 minutes before your activity. Look for "Gaviao ticket office".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

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It was amazing. We saw dolphins and whales on the way to and from the deserts. Swimming in those crystal clear waters off the great desert and getting to know a little more about the natural reserve of the deserts was magical. The staff was simply impeccable, with impeccable friendliness and simplicity. Lunch was very good and there was no lack of drink and good mood. In short, it was very, very good. I highly recommend traveling in Gavião!

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October 17, 2020

Amazing crew, we really enjoyed the day!

February 15, 2021

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