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Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching provided by Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris

Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching

Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching
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Tour snapshot
Look out for whales, dolphins, and turtles on this sea safari tour
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
18
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Get out on the water, and admire Madeira’s stunning coastline and abundant marine life on this exciting sea safari trip. Travel on a speedboat to cover large distances quickly, and have a higher chance of spotting wildlife. The tour goes to an area where whales, dolphins, turtles, and birds are frequently seen, and if you don’t spot any sea life this time, you’ll get another free trip.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • 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
Highlights
  • Learn about local marine life through on-board commentary
  • Cover large distances and see more by traveling on a motorboat
  • Go snorkeling at Cabo Girao if you wish—equipment rental is included
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • 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.
Highlights
  • Learn about local marine life through on-board commentary
  • Cover large distances and see more by traveling on a motorboat
  • Go snorkeling at Cabo Girao if you wish—equipment rental is included
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 14203P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes including
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal We are situated in the Marina do Funchal, "Magic Dolphin". Travellers must arrive at least 20 MINUTES BEFORE the departure time. Check-in will CLOSE 15 minutes prior to departure. People arriving after the boat has departed will count as NO SHOW and non-refundable tickets.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No high heels allowed on tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 18 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes including
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal We are situated in the Marina do Funchal, "Magic Dolphin". Travellers must arrive at least 20 MINUTES BEFORE the departure time. Check-in will CLOSE 15 minutes prior to departure. People arriving after the boat has departed will count as NO SHOW and non-refundable tickets.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No high heels allowed on tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 18 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
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Magic Dolphin
    Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
    We are situated in the Marina do Funchal, "Magic Dolphin". Travellers must arrive at least 20 MINUTES BEFORE the departure time. Check-in will CLOSE 15 minutes prior to departure. People arriving after the boat has departed will count as NO SHOW and non-refundable tickets.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Magic Dolphin
    Cabo Girao
    Cabo Girao
  • You'll return to the starting point
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jennaj
Inari, Finland115 contributions
Really amazing experience with Josephine and a guy whos name I don't remember :').
They were really fun and super excited.
In our trip we saw lots of sperm whales, at least 2 groups and also one tortoise!
What was really amazing that one baby sperm whale gave us an amazing show jumping from the water again and again. That was super cool!

Really good company to do ww, speed boats are super good for spotting sealife. They quarantee that you see dolphins/whales or they give you 2nd trip for free.
Friendly and amazing staff!
After 1st trip you get 10% discount coupon for 2nd.
Written October 15, 2021
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lizzy_uk
UK258 contributions
What an experience! After some research we went with Magic Dolphin and I'm so happy we did. I have awful motion sickness, so booked the speedboat rather than the catamaran. It felt no worse than being on a bumpy bus ride! The views of madeira were spectacular from the ocean! We spotted a couple of dolphin pods who enjoyed showing off for the boat and then a rare beaked whale! We even saw a flying fish! The tour was lovingly narrated by a marine biologist who clearly loves what she does! The speedboat was able to quickly get to the animals when they were spotted compared to the catamaran which we were told is a more relaxed experience with drinks on board.. when we arrived to 'check in' for our boat ride the staff were very friendly and chatty. They can provide you a key to use the toilet before you leave. All in all a wonderful experience and many memories made. Do not hesitate to book!
Written September 10, 2021
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seafoam B
Hong Kong, China9 contributions
Joined the speedboat sea safaris. It is wonderful!!

Was on a morning tour, bad weather with not much to see. Our captain Miguel and guide Josephine said it's not a proper sighting and offer us to rebook a second trip.

Booked the second trip in the afternoon on the same day and it was just magical!

Really good sightings, saw a group of short-finned pilot whales, a big pod of spotted dolphins, two group of bottlenose dolphins. The one with spotted dolphins was the most spectacular, we were surrounded by so many of them, they were swimming and jumping alongside, there were baby dolphins too, very cute. They are wild animals and nature is unpredictable. Unlucky first trip but very blessed to see so many of them in the seond trip.

Thank you Josephine and Miguel for making this second trip happenend and it was the best tour ever!! Josephine shared her knowledge about whales and dolphins with us which was informative and helped to enjoy the sightings more. The speedboat ride was smooth with Miguel, who took us to all the sighting area. We were usually the first or the only boat at the sightings.
Written September 24, 2021
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magic dolphin d
Dear Guest, Thank you for a great feed back. Yes, wild life is unpredictable but it can be surprising at the mean time. It is wonderful that you have some great memories to take with you. We hope to see you again in the future. Best regards Umut
Written September 25, 2021
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Umar A
4 contributions
Couples
It was an amazing experience as we got to see dolphins and whales.

The experience was made even better by the tour guide, Clara and the captain Miguel.

The whales were very hard to spot and the captain showed a lot of patience by attempting 3 times to see them. We spotted them on the 3rd attempt. The tour guide was very enthusiastic, fun, knowledgeable and engaging.

Thanks guys.
Written August 17, 2021
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magic dolphin d
Dear Guest, Many thanks for choosing our company. It is really nice for us to see our guest enjoy our activities. We hope to see you again. Regards Umut
Written August 21, 2021
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Dan Wilkinson
1 contribution
Did the trip today (03 November). Absolutely fantastic, had an Italian female guide, who’s name I can not remember (sorry!). She was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic it was amazing.
We saw a large pod of pilot whales very close to the boat.
2 sperm whales at a reasonable distance, close enough to really see them.
They then dove down, the guide and pilot then left them alone and moved on rather than chase them, which was so good to see.

Then the highlight, we saw a large pod of bottle nose dolphins, including small pods who jumped around the boat. Absolutely magical.

Can not rate the guide, pilot and company high enough, who were both knowledgeable and sympathetic to the animals welfare.
Written November 3, 2021
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Elva G
1 contribution
Couples
We enjoyed a fantastic trip with this company in June. The Marine Biologist was very knowledgeable, we were very lucky to see a large group of white spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and a family of sperm whales. The company respected the creatures and didn't corral or overstay in any are.
Even if you are unlucky not to see any marine life the captain of the boat gave us a great fun ride.
I would definitely recommend
Written June 4, 2022
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magic dolphin d
Dear Guest, Many thanks. Glad to see you having fun and enjoyed our service. Hope fully you join us on one our experiences soon again:) Regards Umut
Written June 6, 2022
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Richard G
20 contributions
We did the morning trip and saw two types of dolphins, bottle nose and common. We booked the trip on Airbnb and communication before the trip was excellent. Sara the marine biologist on board was very knowledgeable. She also really raised our awareness of respecting these animals int he wild. The sea was a bit choppy which made the ride back great fun.
Written January 2, 2020
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Dear Richard, Many thanks for your kind review. Sara is a great guide she keeps the guest interested and knowledgeable about her staff. We hope you see you again. Regards Umut
Written January 5, 2020
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Sarah P
Poitiers, France3 contributions
I spend an amazing time in the speed boat with a wonderful guide Joséphine (who know a lots about marine mammals and speak 4 languages) and the captain Francisco. I did it two times !!

On the first tours, the 2 hours went really fast when you enjoyed the wind, the sun and the vision of pilot whales family and one sperm whales.

Then on the second tour, when there was not marine mammals visible anymore, they took us along the coat and told us some history of Madeira.

Two great tours with a amazing crew. Highly recommanded !!!!
Written October 11, 2021
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TomMod
Windsor, UK15 contributions
Couples
It was a really nice experience seeing different types of dolphins and pilot whales. Sara was very informative regarding their behaviour and characteristics. The ride back to the marina was an interesting experience Itself...speeding through the waves, quite bumpy at the times, was also quite funny and enjoyable at the same time.
Written September 28, 2020
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Angelo
1 contribution
Couples
2 years ago we did the catamaran trip and this trip already gave us so much amazing memories. Now back in Madeira we decided to book a trip again at Magic Dolphin but now we went for the powerboat trip. I have to less words to explain how fantastic this was. We had a really friendly guide and she told us a lot about the species we did see during the 2 hour trip. It’s so good to see their respect for nature!

I will defenitly do this again when i will visit Madeira again.
Written September 14, 2021
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kristeno333
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A beautiful boat ride with stunning views
I liked everything about this trip! The instructions and timings were clear, the staff were helpful and friendly, a
Windsong1966
Windsong1966
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Exhilerating with no moton sickness
What an exhilarating boat trip! Going for the RHIB safari caused me far less motion sickness than I had earlier ex
clairerI1329AP
clairerI1329AP
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Great company, saw dolphins!
Great 3h trip, guides were very helpful and forthcoming with lots of info. We saw dolphins which was amazing. Unfor
johnl123456789
johnl123456789
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Superb!
Superb afternoon. Well organised, brand new boat, friendly and knowledgeable staff. We saw loads of dolphins clo
O6599FSgabrielak
O6599FSgabrielak
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A great family experience in Madeira
So pleased we booked this trip. The guys running the trip were in equal parts friendly, knowledgeable, interesting
123Dutch123456
123Dutch123456
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Amazing, would recommend.
Was a very nice experience. Helpful staff with a lot of expertise. Would definitely recommend! Saw some pilot whale
Compass10147494748
Compass10147494748
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very enjoyable
This sea safari was very enjoyable! they had informative guides and we got to see two different species of dolphin
mkate10
mkate10
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Great experience - we saw dolphins!
The dolphin watching tour was a great experience and we were fortunate to have a pod of around 30 bottlenose dolphi
A831QKkeithh
A831QKkeithh
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We saw a whale !,,,
Great experience, knowledgeable crew .we saw loads of spotted dolphins and just as we were returning to base we s
Susan R
Susan R
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Great dolphin spotting experience
Great experience.friendly helpful crew, plenty space to view the amazing dolphins. Well organized and professional,
Tom A
Tom A
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Fantastic Crew
What a fantastic crew so informative and answered every question asked.Highly recommend this company for a fantasti
Toertel1968
Toertel1968
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Highly recommended boat tour
Very friendly staff, as well on land as on the boat. The company has two spotters stationed on shore who relay the
Rapid968
Rapid968
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Amazing Trip
This was just a perfect 2 hour trip. Brilliant boat, knowledgeable crew made for an educational and interesting tri
G2988DAolas
G2988DAolas
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Amazing experience
I highly recommend Magic Dolphin Sea Safari to everyone! It was an amazing experience for the whole family- it's gu
BagshawB
BagshawB
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Defo Recommend!
My son 11 and daughter 13 went out on the speedboat searching for whales and dolphins. We didn't see any whales bu
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