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Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal
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Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

By Seaborn Catamaran
About
Swap city life for a peaceful half-day catamaran trip along the Madeiran coast. No need to worry about strict itineraries and activities—this tour gives you the flexibility to choose to relax on the boat, swim, or even snorkel during the warmer months, with equipment rental included. Go to places where marine life has been spotted before, and look out for whales, dolphins, turtles, and colorful fish.
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Ages 0-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: Portuguese, English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a peaceful half-day catamaran trip with the chance to spot sea life
  • Access great photo opportunities of Madeira’s coastline
  • Flexible trip—choose from morning or afternoon departure times
  • Travel light—snorkel gear rental is included

  • Catamaran trip
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Dolphins or whales sightings are not guaranteed.


Start:
  • Seaborn Catamaran, Nautisantos - Actividades Desportivas, Lda, Marina do Funchal, 9000-055 Funchal, Portugal
    Meeting at Seaborn at Seaborn office at Funchal Marina 30 minutes before departure to collect your boarding card.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20312P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal?
    Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal price starts from $32.81. Discover and book Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal on Tripadvisor
    What is the Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal cancellation policy?
    Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal?
    Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal is hosted by Seaborn Catamaran. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Seaborn Catamaran on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20312P1

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    • Seaborn Catamaran
      775
      Funchal, Portugal
      Joined in August 2012
    • Z1434HTdavids
      0 contributions
      Must do!
      Excellent trip, whales watching and a nice swim, lovely helpful crew, would book this activity any time again, parking close to the cable car.
      Written February 16, 2024
    • Doraexplorah
      0 contributions
      Amazing. Best day of holiday.
      I really do not understand the mentality of people who write reviews blaming Seaborn for the non-appearance of whales and dolphins during their trip. Seaborn do their bit by providing the opportunity to observe whales close up. Today we saw dolphins, pilot whales and spark whales. The crew enjoyed pointing them out to us and talked passionately about whales. The vessel felt safe and comfortable. I was assisted getting on and off the boat without having to ask. Highly recommend.
      Written November 24, 2023
    • KingBillie
      0 contributions
      None spotted!
      Pleasant enough boat trip but no dolphins or whales. €30 per adult They do offer a 2nd trip if nothing seen on your first trip for an extra €5.
      Written October 27, 2023
    • sarahcD3388XA
      0 contributions
      A good trip for seeing some of the the island coastline and marine nature
      An enjoyable trip and reasonable value for money. We saw pilot whales, had a brief swim and travelled back to Funchal under sail which was very peaceful. The boat had plenty of seating and shade - but we enjoyed lying on the matting at the front in the sunshine with the occasional sea spray landing on us.
      Written October 26, 2023
    • AllyMac46
      0 contributions
      Always the best
      The Seaborn II is easily the best catamaran trip out of Funchal and we go out on her every time we come to the island. Great this year to go out under sail for the first part of the trip. No dolphins this time but we saw pilot whales.
      Written October 22, 2023
    • Trail66436398718
      0 contributions
      Always my first choice in Madeira for Dolphins and Whale watching!
      Always my first choice when in Madeira. Today we saw pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins plus a stop for swimms in the hot pristine waters of the coast of Funchal. All the people in my company loved it and skipper and the season crew made everything just perfect. Top score for them! Looking forward a next ride with them!
      Written October 18, 2023
    • Global29422912807
      0 contributions
      Not a great experience
      Dont take this tour. Team didnt seem too interested in looking for animals, the whole trip they didnt explain anything and just seemed to be driving around to pass time. You'e better off with one of their competitors, did another tour with one of them and felt much more welcome. Gave to stars because the boat ride itself was nice.
      Written October 15, 2023
    • GrandTour561356
      0 contributions
      Whale and Dolphin Watching
      Easy to book, friendly staff, relaxing trip and lots of whales / dolphins seen. The views were amazing too.
      Written October 6, 2023
    • andycU3684VF
      0 contributions
      Superb marine tour by Seaborn Catamaran
      An excellent sea-trip, on which we were fortunate to see a pod of the less-common Atlantic Spotted dolphins. The boat was not crowded, and it was easy to move around on board. Best of all was the crew of highly professional naturalists. These guys are passionate about the marine and bird life of the area. If we could all take on a little bit of this passion about nature - I reckon the endangered species list would be a lot shorter! The guides will take you to an area which will give you the best possible chance to see the marine life of the area - but remember that sightings are not guaranteed. Aside from the air above, this is the biggest single habitat on the planet, and in the 3 hours of the trip, any sighting at all is a bonus.
      Written October 1, 2023
    • 948MartinA
      0 contributions
      Would highly recommend
      A very relaxing 3 hours at sea, taking in wildlife and a cooling swim for some. Booking online was easy. Boat was not crowded, lots of room to move around. Crew professional, polite and informative. Would highly recommend for the price point.
      Written October 1, 2023
    • helenwO2554EK
      0 contributions
      First class trip!
      Great views of the mainland and spectacular shots of the dolphins! Great trip and liked the fact that there was loads of room for passengers on the boat without a scramble for seats
      Written September 28, 2023
    • hanshM4348YY
      0 contributions
      Great experience
      The ride was fantastic. The view of the island, the blue water and the crew who seemed very experienced. We saw two kinds of whale and them had a nice swim in the Atlantic. The expert guide Claudio was the cherry on top, with rich and plentiful comments and information about the sea life and island.
      Written September 15, 2023
    • 774pattin
      0 contributions
      Don’t miss this if you can help it!!!!
      They met our expectations and more!!!! It was the most affordable excursion and worth every penny. We were escorted by dolphins. The bar didn’t disappoint. I think we saw a whale. But the best was the swimming in the beautiful, turquois, and warm water. Sit on the net and get drenched…you won’t be sorry. The crew is professional and lovely. I’m coming back to Madeira just so I can do this again.
      Written September 10, 2023
    • pamarl
      0 contributions
      Enjoyable
      A very enjoyable trip. Staff informative and friendly. Loved the swim. Granddaughter very excited to see the dolphins
      Written September 9, 2023
    • tonigB9754WZ
      0 contributions
      Very respectful company!!
      What a fantastic company to tour with, we joined the dolphin and whale watching tour and we got so lucky to see 3 species of whales on our trip, the company was very respectful of the wildlife and kept distance from the mammals to keep them safe but view from a distance. The facilities on board the catamaran we're great and easy accessible, a very nice smooth trip out. Would highly recommend.
      Written August 31, 2023
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    4.5
    221 reviews
    Excellent
    152
    Very good
    43
    Average
    15
    Poor
    7
    Terrible
    4

    nicdigby
    UK117 contributions
    bad points:

    Crowded boat - there were over 110 people on board

    Toilets inaccessible for many as they were down a vertical ladder and in a tiny space. Anyone with mobility issues like me couldn’t use them so I spent the last half hour desperate for the toilet.

    Didn’t see any whales. Only saw a handful of dolphins. Disappointing.

    Not much information given.

    Safety briefing was twenty seconds long, and most of the boat couldn’t hear it.

    Good points:

    Clean boat, and I had willing helpers to get me on and off board. As a disabled person it wasn’t too difficult , I’ve had to do worse in the past.

    Good seating with comfortable cushions.

    Nice assistant who came round into different groups and repeated information and answered questions.

    Pleasant day of sightseeing along the coastline.
    Written April 15, 2022
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    Rebecca S
    8 contributions
    Oct 2023 • Family
    Absolutely amazing and a must do. We purchased tickets from a street vendor and arrived 20 minutes early. We sat on the nets at the front of the catamaran and could see and feel the sea under us the entire journey. It was pleasant and comfortable and a lovely hot day. When we got there we got to see dolphins and pilot whales (the company has spotters on land to increase the chances of seeing them). On the way back you get a 10 minutes stop in a bay to swim. They let down ladders for you to get in or you can choose to jump in from a platform at the front. I went in whilst the rest of my family stayed on board. The water was 24°c at the end of October and it was lovely. Perfect for such a warm day of 25°c. It was then a short journey back to the harbour. Unloading was easy and the staff are all very helpful.
    Written October 30, 2023
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    S. de Groot
    11 contributions
    May 2023
    After 15 minutes some dolphins were found near another boat, after 5 minutes of watching the catamaran moved on for about an hour to a swimming spot. Lots on board didn't go swim, so that was a waste of time. And then the boat really slowly moved back to port, slow enough to make the trip three hours long. We were bored after half an hour from departure. The crew was moody, there was a bar on the boat. But i think for 30 euro's its absurd to also let people pay for a drink. The boat was also way to crowded. I do not recommend this trip.
    Written May 8, 2023
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    Drummer3
    Dublin, Ireland327 contributions
    We booked the trip the day before. Weather wasn't great. As promised, we saw the dolphins. They swim alongside the boat for quite a while allowing for photos and videos. Then the boat turned sharply as they spotted a whale. We got a good if brief look at it. Then they sail to a cove where you can swim in the ocean. The staff are good. There is a bar on board.
    Written September 12, 2022
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    Claud9
    Surrey, UK14 contributions
    Dec 2023 • Solo
    The crew were welcoming and professional. Good safety briefing then off we went for the afternoon sailing. What a marvellous way to spend 3 hours, with team members explaining which dolphins or whales we might see. They also shared some traditional Christmas biscuits and liqueur. Amazing experience!
    Written December 23, 2023
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    Arden G
    11 contributions
    Jul 2022 • Friends
    Such a fun afternoon on the water! If you want to see dolphins this is the place to go. We went out on the water and after about 45 mins we came across about 10 dolphins that swam right in front of us. After this, we went to a spot for a swim in the ocean and then headed back. Overall 10/10 experience, would highly recommend!
    Written July 29, 2022
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    tabatha young
    7 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    This trip was so wonderful we did it three times in our 8 day stay.
    Not only do they keep the people on board to a minimum so no overcrowding! It was welcome relief to the blazing sun, with the lovely breeze.
    In 3 trips we saw dolphins, a turtle, Sperm Whale and a pod of small whales. Absolutely incredible, £26 each for three hours of bliss!
    Written August 24, 2023
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    Charliemakes5
    Dublin, Ireland188 contributions
    We had a super trip. The boat itself was clean, the staff welcoming and happy to answer any questions. There was about 100 people on our boat, which left plenty of room for everyone. There is some shaded seats if the sun gets to much. We were very lucky on our trip. The weather was perfect, and we got to see 2 different types of whale and 2 different types of dolphin. The staff walked around explaining the different types which was so much better then blasting it out over loudspeaker. Fantastic value. Teens and Adults enjoyed the trip. Highly recommend.
    Written July 14, 2022
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    Cathy S
    1 contribution
    Sep 2023 • Couples
    Omg what an experience, we saw whales and lots of dolphins just a few feet away and jumping out of the water. Crew were fantastic. When we were getting off there was a tip jar, I put some in but was embarrassed how few people did. Come on you meanies you had a great half day and it was so cheap.
    Written October 8, 2023
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    Elizabeth
    London, UK2 contributions
    Jun 2022 • Friends
    Beautiful peacefully trip. Absolutely loved it. Family loved it and were super happy. Staff members were friendly, polite and very informative. Thank you for the lovely moment!! Highly recommended and affordable price.
    Written June 29, 2022
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    Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal provided by Seaborn Catamaran

    Product Overview: Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

    Prices From

    $33

    Number of Reviews

    221

    Number of Photos

    159

    Duration

    180 minutes