Water activity

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA
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From US$ 59.90 per person

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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

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
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

Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat in the crystal-clear waters of Madeira Island. Enjoy the support and guidance of on-hand instructors who will teach you how to approach and interact with the dolphins.

Board your boat and head towards the area with a 99% chance of seeing dolphins. Get the opportunity to swim with two species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins. As you enter the water, remain safely connected to the boat at all times.

Get comfortable in the water and approach the dolphins with the support of your instructor. Once you're ready, begin to swim with the dolphins in front, below, and next to you and admire these beautiful mammals up close, and in their natural habitat. 

Includes
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Unfortunately, no food will be served on this tour but there is a café where you can purchase it
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the new marina of Funchal, the small marina with the big catamarans. Meet your guide in front of door 4, the last one on the left. You can park your car at the Almirante Reis parking lot just a few minutes away from the boat departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

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%
  • If no dolphins or whales are spotted during the tour, you will have the possibility of another free tour, or in case of unavailability due to weather conditions, a free trip voucher valid for 2 years
  • In case swimming is not possible, you will get a refund( the difference between the price of the observation trip and the swimming trip)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 490 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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We were super lucky to see both a group of spotted dolphins, as well as a small family of sperm whales! Didn't manage to see them underwater as they were a bit shy that day, but it was a really fun trip and incredible to be so close to the beautiful wild animals.

December 23, 2022

Incredible experience where we could spot whales (three meters from the boat!!!) and swim next to the dolphins dragged by the speedboat! Beautiful how much the tour is based on respect for the animals' tranquility, each step is done with the utmost care so as not to disturb their peace! Thanks to all the staff!!!

January 8, 2023

Madeira allows a 10 minute contact with a group of dolphins. In the meantime, everyone who wants to snorkel must get into the water. Four are allowed to enter the water at the same time, lying in the water on ropes attached to the boat. So you don't have that much time. However, I think the regulation is very good and that it is being implemented. Because it is about the welfare of the animals and that is really important. We also saw sperm whales with babies on the tour. And that in December. We were also looking for other groups of dolphins, but unfortunately we had no luck there. Still, it was a great experience. For people with seasickness (like me), the small boat is really at the mercy of the waves when standing still. I was sick as hell. I would still do it again if I was there again. Wetsuits were provided free of charge. The biologist who accompanied us was very nice and explained everything well.

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December 30, 2022

Product ID: 229471