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“It was the weather” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Born Madeira Catamaran

Sea Born Madeira Catamaran
Marina do Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #22 of 60 activities in Funchal
Type: Boat Tours
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Owner description: Catamaran Sailing Trips. Dolphins & Whale Watching at Madeira Island.
Belper, Derbyshire
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“It was the weather”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Took the seaborn catamaran, the guys were great, the weather not so. However in the right conditions this would be a good trip, just make sure it is calm. Whales and dolphins obviously don't like waves!

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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“Worth a trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

A great experience. Saw some small common dolphins leaping out if the water and swimming alongside. Very friendly and knowledgeable crew.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“very exciting seeing dolphins in the wild”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Their was an air of expectancy as we pulled out of the marina and headed out to sea in search of dolphins. Our hotel tried to dampen our excitement and said we would be lucky to find dolphins in December. Well we were lucky! We saw several playful dolphins and one pilot whale. Our cameras were clicking away but they are so fast. Afterthe excitement of finding the dolphins and the very helpful crew explaining what they were, the return journey was a bit of a disappointment and frankly boring. The catamaran would not normally use iots sails we were told as the wind was not very strong so we headed back at a modest speed and there was nothing to do but listen to the drone of the engines for an hour and a half. We hugged the coast on the return leg and not that spectacular or interesting really so take a good book, write your memoirs or catch up on some sunbathing. Facilities on this boat are limited so bring your own flask of coffee and food to eat if you have the stomach for it. A thick sweater is also advisable as it can get very windy- we were brave and took nothing except towels given to us by the hotrl. Thank God for that.
Oh and as for the dolphins, blink and you can miss them, they are very fast and you have to remind yourself they are not captured, tame animals, they are there because they want to be and so will not pose for you!

Visited December 2012
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“Good experience, but no sealife at all”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The boat is pretty large, so very good for walking around on. The nets on the front are comfy for laying on while sailing, although you do tend to get splashed! The staff were very nice too. We had a nice trip sailing out near the Deserted Islands and back. Unfortunately we didn't see any dolphins, whales, turtles, birds or anything animalish. They advertise as 'if you don't see dolphins and whales, you get a second trip for free' but I don't think they actually like doing that. We didn't see anything, but when the trip was almost over the guide suddenly told us there were some whales in front of us. Nobody else on the boat saw them, but all the guides said they were there. They also said the whales were 'shy and spend 90% of the time under water, so it's hard to see them'. They ended up counting this 'whale encounter' as a sighting and nobody got a second trip. I don't know if there were actually whales there or they just say that to groups who don't see anything. Other than that, the trip and staff were great so it was a bit of a downer.

Visited December 2012
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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“No dolphin and whales but still fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went out on the Sea Born in the beginning of november. Searched in fain for dolphins and whales but still enjoyed the trips with nice views of Funchal and the coast. The crew is very friendly and open to chat and show things.

Visited November 2012
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