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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

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Sail along the coast of the island of Madeira to Cabo Girão, one of Europe's tallest sea cliffs, on this romantic, 2,5-hour to 3-hour tour on a luxury catamaran. Search for whales and dolphins as you relax on one of the outdoor sunbeds, then explore the sea life below with your complimentary goggles and mask. Numbers are limited to 18 couples per cruise. 
Highlights
  • A stress-free chance to observe Madeira's wildlife and landscape 
  • Search for dolphins and whales with the guidance of the crew 
  • Take in the scenery of Madeira from the best vantage point—the water
  • Snorkel gear for exploring the surrounding waters is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Funchal marina to catch your departing catamaran. Climb on board and meet your captain and crew, who take care of all of the navigation while you enjoy the scenery and search for marine life.
Explore the spacious boat, with seating inside the cabin or on the sun deck. As you pull out of the marina, begin your search for local dolphins and whales, with the guidance and information provided by your crew. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the dolphins' and whales' biology and behavior.
Head for Cabo Girão, one of the world's tallest seaside cliffs, standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) high. The boat moors in the cliff's shadow, and you can choose to stay on deck and take in the scenery or jump in and explore underwater. You can travel light on this tour, knowing that snorkel equipment is provided. Snorkelers, beginners and experts, will feel comfortable with the instruction and guidance of the crew.
Cruise back to Funchal along the coastline, allowing for excellent views and photo ops.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked online to guarantee early morning spaces and paid via PayPal. We were fortunate to watch two small pods of playful dolphins which were stunning, leaping and messing about. They were incredible. Also saw pilot whales resting in the ocean. Definitely worth the money...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Alanmhok
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We couldn’t recommend this trip more highly. Wonderful morning seeing 2 types of dolphins and pilot whales. Crew lovely and very respectful of the sea life. Kids enjoyed a great swim at the end diving off the boat.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Trek625382
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we took a catamaran trip from Funchal to Cabo Girão and had an amazing time. We saw so many dolphins many of whom swam really close to the boat. The kids loved it. We went in the sea for a quick swim which was...More

2  Thank vicky836
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a morning trip with the catamaran, and even thought the crew tried their best we didn't find any dolphins. Kind of disappointing but they are wild animals and these things happen. The trip itself on the catamaran was still very nice and...More

Thank Marahx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great trip out. We were surrounded by a pod of dolphins, and even saw a mom & baby. Wonderful experience!!!

Date of experience: July 2019
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lynnjones21
May 28, 2019|
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Response from PhilJG1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry got confused. Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris does go from Funchal Marina next to the cruise port. Check out their web site.
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lemeesu
March 20, 2019|
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Response from Ann C | Reviewed this property |
Some of the companies offer refunds but you have to understand the ocean is a BIG place and whales/dolphins do not appear on request. Good luck xx
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Key Details
  • Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
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