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Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

From US$ 52.07 per person

Hop onboard a cruise from Funchal and see diverse groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles up close. Learn about the local flora and fauna from your marine biologist guide's informative commentary.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • Learn about cetaceans from a certified marine biologist
  • Admire dolphins, whales, birds, and turtles in their natural habitat
  • Explore Madeira's coastline from the ocean
  • Enjoy a fast-paced, safe and comfortable wildlife adventure
Full description

Look for whales and dolphins in their natural environment on a cruise with a dedicated crew. Powered by 2x 250hp engines, you can expect to cover larger distances than any other boat in Funchal in comfort. This means you will have the best chance to spot marine wildlife. Listen to informative commentary about the sea life of Madeira, as your crew and marine biologist guide make sure you have a great time whilst learning about the local cetaceans, fauna, and flora.

Encounter groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles, and get up-close sightings as you speed across large distances in little time. Marvel as the animals splash about in the water and learn more about these amazing creatures and life in the ocean from your guide.

Wildlife spotters work hard on land to find the animals before you set out on your trip. Depending on the species and sea conditions, you can get very close to the whales and dolphins, but remember, it is wildlife, and the primary goal is to be respectful of their habitat.

  • Round-trip cruise
  • Marine biologist guide
  • Captain and crew
  • Life vests
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet at the Magic Dolphin office.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please advise if you have any heart conditions, back problems, or are pregnant
  • Sea life sighting is guaranteed. If you do not see any wildlife you will be given a second trip free of charge
  • The boat holds 18 people and 2 crew members, including a marine biologist guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 209 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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The cruise was fabulous and we got to spot different wildlife like pilot whales and rough toothed dolphins. The staff are very polite, very helpful and even take time to explain and summarise the different wildlife that we had encountered on the cruise. In addition, the boat was extremely clean, and well maintained. Definitely recommended!

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October 28, 2022

Absolutely amazing. Priceless experience. We saw bottle nose dolphins, Bryce whale, and sperm whales. A sperm whale breached 50ft in front of our boat, it couldn’t have been better. We saw multiple jumps though out the tour and we would’ve seen these if we weren’t on a speed boat. We were the only boat there. Huge thank you to Francesca and Sara, amazing hosts. THANK YOU

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September 15, 2022

It was by far great because dolphins swam along and also spotted a sperm whale, which dived at one point so nice shot of its tail. What I did find strange is that booking during this activity was mentioned including the possibility of snorkeling in the summer. (Not swimming with dolphins but just snorkeling). However, this snorkeling turned out not to be included so the towels and swimming trunks were unnecessary ...!!

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August 24, 2022

Product ID: 141240