Water activity

Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

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Make memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about these fascinating creatures, and get up close and personal with them as you swim alongside them in the crystal clear waters of Madeira.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 99% chance of spotting whales and dolphins
  • Swim in the area with the highest concentration of cetacean of Madeira
  • See the crystal clear wates of Madeira Island
Full description
In the crystal clear waters of Madeira Island, swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. With assistance from an expert team of guides and divers, learn about the specific approach techniques needed to interact with these amazingly intelligent creatures. Madeira's regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the subtle natural balance that these magnificent animals deserve. It may be possible to swim with 2 species of dolphins: Common Dolphins and Spotted Dolphins. As you enter the water, you remain safely connected to the boat at all times. Glide along the waters and swim with the dolphins in front, below and next to you as you admire these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat and make unforgettable memories. 
Includes
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Other water transport
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • 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

    The tour departs from the new marina of Funchal (the small one with the big catamarans). Meet your guide in front of door 4 (last one on the left). Please have your swimming suit on as there is no place to change there.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Cash

    Know before you go

    • Madeira’s regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the natural habitat. It is possible to get in the water with 2 species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins.
    • Due to environmental and behavioral factors, it cannot be guaranteed that you always can always enter in water but the crew will do everything possible for a successful trip. The rate of successful trips is 90%
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 160 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    The boat trip to find the dolphins was good, although we did have to return to port to change boats due to a technical fault. We saw lots of bottle nosed dolphins surfing the waves a generally showing off and we even saw a pilot whale. The downside was that unfortunately, we were unable to get into the water with them as it was too choppy, which was very disappointing.

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    October 11, 2021

    Marta and Marcos are amazing! Very friendly, down to earth and know how to make things fun. Marta has a lot of knowledge and willing to tell you many things. Feel free to ask. Marcos was a good captain very helpful and even made the ride on the way back fun. You swim 10mins with the dolphins however trust me it’s enough. The experience is just amazing and breathtaking. We saw sleeping pilot whales and Marcos gently got very close to them so we can take pictures and film them. We then saw baby spotted dolphins and they were sooo adorable. Thank you for this amazing experience!

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    September 10, 2021

    The team that went with us, Marta the biologist and the captain were absolutely amazing. I cannot describe the experience we had. We were able to see loads of dolphins and swim with them, and more extraordinarily, we saw a family of sperm Wales. 4 of them, one a calf. It was incredible. Absolutely recommend.

    September 4, 2021

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