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Dolphin & Whale Watching provided by Ventura Nature Emotions

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    30
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
We guarantee observation of cetaceans in their natural environment. Sustainable observation with minimal impact on animals. Boat with only 12 seats Marine biologist on board
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 198728P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Life jacket
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal Orange shop in Funchal Marina NATURE EMOTIONS VENTURA
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • Life jacket
Departure details
  • Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal Orange shop in Funchal Marina NATURE EMOTIONS VENTURA
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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5.0
104 reviews
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Trek38848283381
1 contribution
Nov 2020
First of all. After 10 years we came back to Madeira for the second time and we would like to thank Madeira’s citizen for sharing again this beautiful island with us and we would like to thank them for their tremendous effort to fight against Covid. We are deeply impressed how this small island is doing it much better than most of the mainland countries around the world. Please keep on going, you are perfect in doing this. We wish you all the best and a lot of tourists to come back again.

We made a fantastic boat trip with Anna and Marco (and, of course, the unknown whale spotter on the coast) on November 2nd, 2020. We chose this day, because it was very calm, even no wind offshore. It was slightly cloudy, but the visibility above and under water was perfect.

They did a great job by introduction us to the underwater world of Madeira and by carefully approaching to a big sei or fin whale and one of the most curious atlantic spotted dolphin group.

We made the trip with our daughter (8) and son (10) and Anna and Marco made it possible that my son and I swam together with the dolphins in the deep blue ocean. They are really curious animals and they did “human” watching for everlasting minutes. They came very close and stayed with us for wonderful moments.

The whale did several shallow dives. It came to the surface 3 to 5 times for breathing and dived for 10-15min. We kept distance, but clearly saw it’s blas and silhouette.

Muito obrigado and take care!
Written November 15, 2020
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Dear sailor, We appreciate your kind words! It really means a lot to us having these words written about us, it makes us really proud of the work we do. Looking forward to seeing you guys again!
Written November 28, 2020
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Tom
39 contributions
Mar 2022
We booked the RIB whale and dolphin watching tour through Ventura's website.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a marine biologist and kitted up ready for a couple of hours on the water.

Within around half an hour we had found a pod of Bottlenose dolphins and they were close to the boat.

Not long after this, we found a sperm whale which was right next to another speedboat. Unfortunately it then dived.

We were then informed by the crew that the spotter on the island had seen another whale some way away. We raced very quickly to the location and managed to see another sperm whale swimming close to the boat before it dived.

The only constructive feedback would be if we had a bit more information given by the marine biologist, not just related to the sealife we were trying to see but maybe also more generally about Madeira and its surrounding ocean.

All in all it was well worth it and an amazing experience, thank you!
Written April 5, 2022
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Ventura M
Thank you so much for your feedback! We will do our best to improve our service. Best regards, Joana Cordeiro
Written April 6, 2022
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OrshiA
Leeds, UK12 contributions
I really enjoyed the trip with Ventura. Ana, our guide and a marine biologist was very professional and knowledgeable, the skipper got us safely to observe 2 different pods of pilot whales. Felt very lucky to have been able to spend time observing these magnificent creatures. Would highly recommend it and thank u for the trip.
Written October 19, 2021
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S J
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
We booked this as a swimming with dolphins trip and of course thought there was at least a good chance to go in the water with the animals, but even though we got to see 3 groups of dolphins and the sea was very calm the possibility to swim was never even discussed by the crew. I guess it's a lot easier for the crew to just do the boat trip. Or maybe the conditions are rarely soo perfect that they let you in the water? Anyhow, we were very disappointed and it would have been nice to know in advance that there apparently is more of a 20% chance they let you swim than an 80 % chance, as we thought. This should be discussed ahead or at least mentioned on the website. We then probably would have spend the day somewhere else.
The dolphin watching was ok though, pretty much the same as anywhere else. The skipper was good, he drove the boat not too fast and as calmly as possible, so it's not too bad even for a sensitive stomach.
Written August 15, 2021
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Ventura| nature emotions
Dear sailor, Thank you for your review. The swimming with dolphins is an extra activity and it is not guaranteed. That's why the reservations are always made for a whale watching trip - the extra for swimming with the dolphins is never charged before the trip. It is important to know that - fortunately - we are seeing animals in their natural habitat and our main goal is to respect them. There are some conditions that don't allow us to perform the activity in order to minimize the impact on the animals. If these conditions are not met, we just don't do the activity. Furthermore, it is impossible to deduct the swimming percentage if you only took one trip. We hope that next time the conditions for swimming with the dolphins are met. Regards, Ventura's Team
Written August 19, 2021
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Gail
82 contributions
A great, fun experience! Be prepared to get wet! Felt very safe in the hands of the crew and the company: especially as spottier other rib boats out from other companies with no life jackets. We were lucky enough to spend considerable time surrounded by a large group of dolphins. It was amazing! However, no whales seen. Got to see the coastline close up as we headed back to port. However, was left feeling that as the spotters couldn’t see anymore dolphins or whales in the area, the cruise along the coastline was a way of killing time and that the crew had given up trying to find anything, as we arrived back in port after only 2 hours. The trip had been cut short. Still, a well worthwhile activity.
Written April 19, 2022
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Ventura M
Thank you for your feedback. We will do our best to improve. Best regards, Joana Cordeiro
Written May 4, 2022
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Vânia Silva
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
Ana was fantastic from initial contact through to the end of the trip. The knowledge and passion she has is just mind blowing she is also a renowned Marine Biologist. We spent 2.5 hours on the trip and the majority of that time was watching dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat with explanations from Ana & the skipper of the type of behaviour being displayed - feeding, play, dominance as they were out in front of us. We saw multiple pods of dolphins and had the most superb time. This was my first time on a dolphin tour but I can say this has been one of the best experiences of my life. Ana provided a great experience and was so friendly providing a fantastic tour. The best value tour in Funchal. Nothing negative at all to say about the staff or the trip was an mouth dropping experience. Do not hesitate just book it you will not be disappointed! Thank you once again ✌🏻
Written January 27, 2020
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Dear Vania, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you loved your experience. I'll let the team know they're doing a great job. Looking forward to welcoming you aboard again!
Written February 4, 2020
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Carol R
London, UK9 contributions
Feb 2020
We enjoyed two trips out during our visit to Funchal. The first was fantastic, great skipper and guide and brilliant views of spotted and bottlenose dolphins. Having a marine biologist as a guide means you really get to know what you are seeing, and that adds so much to the trip. On the second trip the weather wasn't the best and the sea was very choppy meaning we didn't see cetaceans at all. But that's wildlife watching and we have a voucher for a free trip on our next visit. Staff in the office were friendly and helpful and they observe the code of conduct so they don't stress the animals.
Written March 2, 2020
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Dear Carol, It is always a pleasure to have you on board. Each trip is a different experience and you know that! We really appreciate your review. Next time fingers crossed to find whales! Looking forward to welcoming you aboard again!
Written March 4, 2020
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LucyJHanson94
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK32 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had an absolutely amazing time on this trip! The boat itself was very fun and there are beautiful views of the island. We saw lots of dolphins playing, a turtle and a whale! The crew were knowledgeable and clearly cared about and were respectful of nature. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
Written June 15, 2022
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WimdeWit
Paris, France79 contributions
Wonderful experience. We saw over 50 spotted dolphins, playing around our RIB, several groups of pilot whales calmly doing their thing, and a small group of bottlenose dolphins, not bothered by us. The crew is friendly, passionate about the sealife themselves, respectful to the animals, environment and people. Fishing up plastic waste and taking it back to the harbour. Great experience, great people!
Written June 4, 2022
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Anna F
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Very nice boat trip, spotted 4 different sea wildlife species, which was very cool. Our guide, Ana, did a great job explaining the different types of dolphins and whales. Definitely would recommend! No fake promises, respect for the wildlife and kind people.
Written August 18, 2021
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Dear sailor, We are glad that you enjoyed your experience. It was an excellent trip indeed! It is fantastic what the wildlife can provide us. Looking forward to welcoming you aboard again!
Written August 19, 2021
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Wonderful trip out.
I went out on a trip out with Ventura earlier this week and what a fabulous trip! We saw bottlenose dolphins, pilo
David H
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Great trip.
A trip worth doing.Setting out on a twin engine dingy,you set off into the Atlantic.The guides were very good point
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Incredible experience
We highly appreciated Ana and Alex because they offered us a whale watch tour and swimming with the dolphins which
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Excellent adventure
Excellent adventure, very good explanation of spieces by Ana marine biologist and the captain. The speed boat is ve
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Awesome
Awesome experience. Very competent and friendly people, we were able to see hundreds of dolphins and even get in th
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Excellent!!
This was a super experience for us!! The team is very knowledgeable about the species we can find but most importan
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boottrip with respect to nature
Very nice boottrip. Very friendly and proffesional crew. Know about the pelagic birds and marine wildlife. Passiona
Aekatten
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A great adventure
I chose Ventura to take me to the Ilhas Desertas because I was told they provide a marine biologist on board, and t
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Amazing day
Amazing day en the crew is lovely as wel! We spotted some pilot whales so our day couldn’t be any better! Would hig
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Fab trip
The last day of our holiday was made magical by this fabulous boat trip, the small sailing boat was so much better
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Wonderful experience
When we took the trip we sighted a group of pilot whales. The captain managed to move the boat close to a distance
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Sailing boat trip
Brilliant 3 hour trip on a beautiful sailing boat, first out to see dolphins and then back along the coast. Our gui
Vladimir P
Vladimir P
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The best sailing tour we ever did
Thank you guys for a great experience. We were lucky to be the only 2 people on the 10.30am trip so we got a privat
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Amazing day
We went out on the rib which in itself was a brilliant experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very obviou
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Super guys
Excellent crew plenty of dolphins fine scenery lovely old boat what more can I say except a bit of actual sailing w
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