Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira
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From US$ 38.70 per person

Likely to sell out

Admire the beautiful surroundings of Funchal by boat as you search for whales and dolphins. There will be a stop for swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão or you can simply enjoy a drink as you admire the sunset.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • See dolphins and whales in their natural environment
  • Swim in gorgeous Cabo Girão
  • Admire a beautiful sunset
Full description

On this relaxing sailing trip get the chance to see dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in its natural environment. Swim, snorkel or sit back and admire the views, and enjoy a complimentary adult beverage.

Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. There will be a stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão. Here, you can see the highest sea cliff in Europe, which towers 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

If you don't want to swim, you can simply admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered one complimentary drink on board and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.

  • Open bar
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Instructor
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Gaviao - Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips. Please arrive 30 minutes before the activity is scheduled to start.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • In the event of cancellation due to bad weather, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 159 reviews

Review summary

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what an amazing trip, I honestly can say this was the highlight of my weeks time in madeira. victor and elmano were the most incredible guides who were so lovely and engaging with all on board. It seems as though elmano is the best at finding the dolphins and was so kind to ring around to the others to let them know their location. they were so respectful of the dolphins and emphasised not stressing them out. We had drinks and laughs all along the way, an incredible sunset and a swim with the swim club at sunset to top it off. Thank you both so much, magical experience and a must if in madeira! thank you x

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September 25, 2022

After a fairly cloudy and drizzly day we were hesitant about going aboard. Once on ship and away from the island, the clouds quickly cleared and we were greeted by beautiful views. Our Guide’s worked remarkably hard to ensure that we found dolphins who swam up close to the ship- was a surreal moment. The team were respectful and caring of the dolphins. We then had a beautiful dip into the Atlantic Ocean whilst the sun was setting. We were incredibly lucky to have been out with 2 most amazing guides who ensured we had an unforgettable experience, lots of laughs and kept our drinks topped up. We truly had the best evening- thank you!! Cannot recommend this enough!

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September 24, 2022

We had an incredible trip with them. The team is super fun, very knowledgeable and so caring. They respect nature and the freedom of dolphins. On our way the put all the efforts in to spot some dolphins for us. Swimming in the sunset was another remarkable experience. Thank you for the great adventure!!

September 23, 2022

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