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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

From $29.35 per person

Sail along the beautiful bay of Funchal by luxury catamaran looking for dolphins and whales in their natural environments. Laze in the sun and take an optional swim in the crystal clear waters of Cabo Girão during the summer months.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail to the world's second highest sea cliff at Cabo Girão
  • Look for dolphins and whales in the waters surrounding Funchal
  • Learn about Madeira's thriving ocean ecology from an expert crew
  • Relax aboard a luxury catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer passengers than other whale watching tours
  • Benefit from quick boarding and disembarkation procedures
Full description
Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the experienced crew before boarding. Choose between the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets. Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of the marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal. Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea. Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in the inviting waters to explore the sea life below the surface with your complimentary goggles and snorkel mask. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of the landscapes of Madeira. Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.
  • 2.5 or 3-hour guided dolphin and whale watching tour (depending on option selected)
  • Toilets aboard the luxury catamaran (ladies and gents)
  • Swimming stop (summer tours)
  • Snorkels and googles provided for free
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring sun screen
  • Bring your swimming costume in the summer months
  • Please note that the winter program runs from November 15 to April 15
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 915 reviews

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We met 2 groups of dolphins and then also a whale, breathtaking excursion! It was quite busy on the catamaran, we had a group of French people who were constantly chatting during the explanations, that was the only disadvantage. The lady who explained everything to us was totally motivated and loving. However, we had strong gusts of wind and the catamaran hopped all the time, nothing for a weak stomach: D

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July 17, 2021

Excellent trip! We met a group of playful dolphins and spent a great time with them (some of them were about 1 meter from us). The group was not very large, the catamaran is really smaller compared to others we saw, that is a huge advantage. There was (unnecessary) swimming break - we would prefer more time with wildlife.

July 6, 2021

Exceptional afternoon on board. Ideal weather conditions! We were lucky enough to see a lot of dolphins. A magical spectacle! Throughout the course, the (very friendly) crew gives us explanations about the marine fauna of Madeira. We even took advantage of a swim off the coast! An excursion to do absolutely!

June 30, 2021

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