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Quinta do Lorde Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Quinta do Lorde Dolphin & whale watching

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

1. From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

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. 

Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

2. Madeira: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

Look for whales and dolphins and discover other marine life off the beautiful Ponta de São Lourenço coast in Madeira on a small-group boat tour with a crew of marine biologists. Climb aboard the 300 hp engine boat with a sleek design and listen to informative commentary about the sea life and places of interest of Madeira as you start the trip. Encounter different groups of dolphins, whales, and turtles in the water. Marvel as the animals breach and splash about in the water and learn amazing facts about them from your marine biologists guide. See endemic marine birds and get up-close to the unique rock formations on the coast as you speed across large distances in little time. If you are visiting in summer, get the chance to snorkel and swim in Ponta de São Lourenço.

Madeira: Guaranteed Whales or Dolphins Watching Tour

3. Madeira: Guaranteed Whales or Dolphins Watching Tour

Board a boat custom-made for whale watching with seats that fit a maximum of 12 passengers per trip. Learn about whales and dolphins from the crew and keep your eyes open for all kinds of wildlife, including turtles and different species of bird. Madeira Island is known by the scientific community as the area with the highest concentration of cetacean in Madeira. With 98% of tours resulting in successful sightings, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of different animals. After more than 1 hour and 30 minutes out at sea learning about these fascinating mammals, you’ll return back to the pier, marking the end of your whale and dolphin watching experience.

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What people are saying about Quinta do Lorde

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Well organized team. Lots of information about the sea creatures. Definitely recommended if you want to see dolphins and whales. Unfortunately, swimming was not possible because the two species of dolphins were not sighted.

Absolutely the highlight of my trip - if you could do only one thing in Madeira, I’d do this! Such a surreal experience and great guides who did everything to ensure we got to see dolphins and whales!

Saw Pilot whales and Spotted dolphins and got to snorkel with them. It was amazing. The water was 22 degrees so it wasn’t cold.

Great tour even if swimming with the dolphins didn't work out. Saw lots of dolphins and pilot whales...

Very good marine biologist guide. It was good to see this animals from this close distance.