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VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching

VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
17
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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: 135615P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • We offer a variety of local snacks, biscuits and ice cream during this experience.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Blankets
Exclusions
  • Pick-ups
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • VipDolphins Catamaran Whale Watching, Praça do Povo, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal Catamaran is located down the harbour of the New Marina of Funchal. Has a black sign on it "VipDolphins". The only one Power Catamaran of the harbor.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 17 travelers
Inclusions
  • We offer a variety of local snacks, biscuits and ice cream during this experience.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Blankets
Exclusions
  • Pick-ups
Departure details
  • VipDolphins Catamaran Whale Watching, Praça do Povo, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal Catamaran is located down the harbour of the New Marina of Funchal. Has a black sign on it "VipDolphins". The only one Power Catamaran of the harbor.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 17 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Apr 29, 2022
A note from VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching
For each passenger during the trip we provide sandals, towels and snorkeling masks, which are clean and sanitized after each use. But, if you wish, you can bring your own stuff. The safety of everyone on our vessel comes first!
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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
335 reviews
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Wccc45
Evesham, UK17 contributions
Couples
We absolutely loved this trip. We took the evening tour with sunset views and we couldn't be happier. The crew too great care of us and are very forthcoming with refreshments, knowledgeable about the animals and a skilled Captain that gave us no concerns about the sailing.

We managed to see a load of dolphins and a stunning sunset which gave us loads of photo opportunities.

My fiance is also pregnant and the crew made sure she was comfortable and also allowed us to board as the weather conditions were all fine. The land staff had explained to us that if they were a little rough then we couldn't go ... But one last call to the crew before we boarded confirmed there was no concerns for safety.

Highly, highly recommend!! Thank you VIP Dolphins for an unforgettable experience and great value.
Written July 3, 2022
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Steve Buckley
London, UK5,421 contributions
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Madeira and earlier today we went on the 3 hour afternoon (there is also a morning trip) VIP Dolphins Luxury Whale Watching trip which starts and finishes at the New Marina of Madeira which is not difficult to find.

The procedure is to report to the VIP Dolphins Booth at the Marina 10-15 mins before your departure time and then walk a short distance to where the Power Catamaran is moored. Once there, you are welcomed aboard by the all-female crew who looked after us and our fellow guests (no more than 17 on each trip which ensures plenty of room for everyone)makes for a most comfortable experience) extremely well from start to finish (including the supply of drinks and snacks).

Highlights of the trip were the excellent sea/weather conditions and the sighting of a large (100+) pod of dolphins (many with babies). Unfortunately, we did not come across any whales but if we had it would have been the icing on what had already proved a most delicious cake!

All in all, it was £50 per head very well spent - something I would strongly recommend to anyone wanting to go on a Dolphin/Whale Watching trip that certainly lives upto its name!!
Written September 1, 2021
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VipDolphins
Dear Guest, Thank You for choosing VipDolphins for your dolphin and whale watching tour! We are happy that you were satisfied with your trip. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, VipDolphins team
Written January 28, 2022
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Mike F
3 contributions
I researched these sort of trips and this read a very good experience, being max of 17 on board such a large craft really appealed.
It proved to be more than what we had expectations of.
From the moment we booked we were communicated with exceptionally well, from stepping on board everyone was treated on an individual basis. Yes there were very good quality drinks and nibbles that were a very good touch to enhance the vip experience, however we were there to experience the oceans habitat in a caring way. We were not disappointed, very soon we were amongst a pod of dolphins, amazing experience seeing them in natural habitat.
As we moved on we observed a second pod and then Loggerhead Turtle.
We then went to a sheltered Bay Area and had free swimming, so invigorating, has to be done.
The catamaran is a large luxury vessel, with so much space for everyone because of the 17 person limit, all facilities including toilets, a shower and private changing room to change after the must have swim.
Yes we do have to mention the whole crew, they enhanced everything ensuring you were individually treated from cushions, drinks, snacks, and importantly great well informed commentary information on the wildlife, views, in fact everything, first class crew, thank you.
So overall we did have a truly VIP experience that was excellent value for money.
Written April 24, 2022
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neil h
United Kingdom48 contributions
Great crew, very attentive and informative. Within a hour we were in a big group of pilot whales and a few dolphins, good close up views. Lady hostess, sorry didn’t get her names was very expert on dolphins and whales, and later under the soaring cliffs of Cabo de Girao showed her knowledge of geology too.

Great hospitality too.
Written March 9, 2022
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E4426HLpauld
Sowerby Bridge, UK10 contributions
Hospitality was excellent with a wide range of complimentary drinks and excellent snacks. An immaculate vessel. A very knowledgeable and friendly crew committed to providing the best experience. We saw a baby turtle, a few flying fish (blink and you could miss them), but best of all lots of bottlenose dolphins, who followed the vessel. Contact time is limited, understandably, to 10 minutes. Ample time for good pictures and videos. This was followed by anchoring in a lovely bay to allow diving and swimming from the rear decks of the vessel. For those keen enough to do so. The crew provided a meaningful commentary explaining various aspects of the stunning coastline on return to harbour. All in all a wonderful experience at a very reasonable cost.
Written May 8, 2022
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James B
1 contribution
What a wonderful afternoon. We saw dolphins, had a great swim off the boat while moored a small distance off shore. On our return voyage while sat on the bow out party saw a baby hammer head shark briefly as we ambled along. The crew were all fantastic. This tour is definitely well worth the small extra cost when compared to some of the other tours . The boat was clean, comfortable and with numbers limited very spacious the boat also had an open bar and snacks provided. Drinks all came via a very pleasant young lady and young man. They were both very attentive and made sure all had everything they required. They were also very knowledgeable about the island and ocean areas. The talks on sea life and the island very informative and delivered in a nice and fun way. All in all a really fun day out. We will be doing this again.
Written July 1, 2022
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BackPacker552499
1 contribution
Incredible! I was a little hesitant to book this sort of trip as I didn't know where to start but I read the great reviews re VIP Dolphins and booked for my partners birthday. From start to finish, the team were friendly, safety focused and extremely attentive to all 16 of us on-board. The boat itself was pristine and they couldn't do enough to make your trip an amazing one. Maggie was so passionate, friendly and fun. She provided lots of great information regarding the 3 different types of dolphins we saw on the trip. At one point, we were surrounded by a pod of around 100 dolphins who were jumping, playing and chasing the waves the boat created. It was spectacular! I told them of my partners birthday and they made her a special cocktail and took pictures of us which was really lovely. The trip overall ran really smoothly, we had a chance to take a dip with snorkels where my other half enjoyed diving off the boat. The sea became a little choppy on the way back which they made us aware of so we could move our things inside. There was one lady who unexpectedly was sick but they were straight on the case providing her with tissues, a sick bag and a hand back inside (the wonderful Peter). It was a life changing trip, breathtaking views, lots of education regarding the types of species and a friendly fun team onboard. Thank you so much to Maggie, Peter and the rest of the team on-board. We could not recommend this trip enough.
Written May 25, 2022
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PeanutRevell
Grimsby, UK133 contributions
We are lucky enough to have travelled widely and have been on many excursions and trips- this one was the best by far.
Booking was easy using the link on Trip Advisor and the directions to the boarding area were clear. We had to change our booking day and this was accommodated easily.

The catamaran is beautiful and in pristine condition. There are lots of places to sit onboard- indoor cabin, deck or on cushions or beanbags scattered around.

The crew of three were phenomenal- from the moment we stepped on board until the moment we left we felt special and well cared for. We were treated to as much sparkling wine as we wanted along with premium spirits, named brand beers and soft drinks. The snacks were fresh, tasty and plentiful.

We were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins and a group of pilot whales which was incredibly special and brought tears to me eyes! The staff guided us to the animals effortlessly, told us facts about them and then after around 10 minutes of watching them we retreated so as to avoid stressing them and to adhere to madeiras strict control rules. This is a great way to protect marine life.

We ended the trip with a swim in the ocean and sailed back to the harbour. This trip is perfect in every way! Thank you!
Written June 27, 2022
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lizzymac
4 contributions
Family
Super trip. The crew were knowledgeable and extremely capable. They made sure everyone on board had a good experience and explained things to us very well. Drinks and canapes were plentiful and supplied throughout. We saw dolphins and a turtle in their natural environment and without disturbing them. The catamaran is in fab condition and well equipped. We could even take a dip on the way back. After the trip we received a selection of good quality photos, included in the price. I would say this is genuinely a luxury experience while at the same time done in a way that does not impact the animals - a perfect balance.
Written May 7, 2022
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Neiljones
1 contribution
Couples
We were booked on the speedboat trip but had to be rescheduled due to a problem with the boat. As an alternative we were offered the luxury catamaran trip which was an hour longer. We fell very lucky. Superb boat, only 8 customers on board, complimentary drinks and tasty little snacks. The two crew members were very knowledgable including the young biologist who doubled as a tour guide and waitress. We came across a fantastic pod of spotted dolphins who let us follow for a good 20 minutes, playing in front of the boat and even showing off. This trip would have been well worth the money the fact we paid less was a bonus although I did leave a well deserved tip.
Thanks
Neil & Suzanne (🇬🇧)
Written September 9, 2020
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