Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Trip

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

From US$ 34.08 per person

Board a yacht to enjoy the beauty of the Madeiran coast. Look out for dolphins, whales and sea turtles, and go snorkeling.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese


  • Enjoy dolphin and whale watching on a boat tour
  • Go swimming and snorkeling to see marine life
  • Admire views of the beautiful coast of Madeira
Full description

Hit the waters near Cabo Girão in search of dolphins and whales on a cruise trip from Funchal. Learn amazing facts about the animals from your guide. Take a dip in the water and use the snorkel provided, or relax with a drink in your hand before your sailboat docks back at the Funchal Marina.

Set sail from the marina in Funchal, where you will board the yacht. Search for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in their natural environment. 

As you keep an eye out for local wildlife, make a stop for snorkeling. Swim in the sea or use the snorkeling gear at Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe at 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

Alternatively, admire the towering cliffs and the scenic coastal landscapes from the boat while sipping on a complimentary drink served on board.

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sailboat, yacht
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soft drink
  • Alcoholic 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
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Gaviao - Dolphin and whale watching trips in the Marina do Funchal.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • In case of cancellation due to bad weather, an alternative day will be offered, or a full refund
    • The sail will be used if there is adequate wind on the day
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 330 reviews

    Review summary

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    Unfortunately we missed out on swimming due to spending longer looking for dolphins, which was the reason we booked the trip on the first place. Didn’t get much of a tour/commentary on landmarks as we were told we would. Sea was also very very choppy, appreciate this can’t be helped but a bit of forewarning would have been appreciated so I could have taken a travel sickness tablet

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    September 28, 2022

    A great sailing tour with a great team! We had lots of fun. The ship is small and everyone has space. We thought it was great that a maximum of 20 people came with us. Then there's no crowding. Our guide explained everything very well and also had nice conversations. Unfortunately we couldn't see any dolphins or whales, but you can't influence that anyway! But the time for swimming and snorkeling was the absolute highlight! I can only recommend to everyone! There are many dolphin and whale tours but they are all overcrowded! Book this tour!

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    August 31, 2022

    We listened to another comment and chose this activity because it was a small group, and we really got it right. The sailboat is super nice and the crew member is very nice. We were lucky to see dolphins and some whales but really the trip would have been worth it even without sightings. The 3-hour excursion is a perfect time, it gives you time to stop for a swim and return along the coast looking at the landscape. We recommend it 100%

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    August 27, 2022

    Product ID: 369151