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Address: Marina do Funchal, Funchal, Madeira 9000-055, Portugal
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+351 965 010 180
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Sailing along the coast of Madeira in the replica of Santa Maria boat.

Sailing along the coast of Madeira in the replica of Santa Maria boat.

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Really enjoyed this trip out and even saw one of the sails unfurled. The replica is done out like a real pirate ship and make sure you go below deck to the displays there. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Preston, United Kingdom

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Preston, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this trip out and even saw one of the sails unfurled. The replica is done out like a real pirate ship and make sure you go below deck to the displays there. The ship is immaculate. The madeira cake and wine included in the price is very tasty. Only crticism would like the crew to have behaved more... More 

Thank johnhroberts2015
Glossop, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

There are two aspects to this trip. One is a sea cruise around the coast of Madeira with the possibility of spotting dolphins and/or whales. You can do this in any of several craft at a range of prices and sizes of craft. The trip offered by the Santa Maria is as good as any: whether you spot the sea... More 

Thank brucethesheep2016
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017

This is one of the best boat trips I have been on and certainly the best one in Madeira. We saw a group of about 6 dolphins relatively close, they were magnificent and it was a real treat as I didn't think we'd see them February . Whilst the sails were not lowered, we did imagine what it must have... More 

Thank ZGtrips
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

I went on the monte cable car also trip to the north of the island but wow i loved the boat trip on the Santa Maria left the marina at 10-30 out to sea and saw all around the sights eventually stopped to let poeple dive into the sea on the way back we all had a glass of Madeira... More 

Thank julie54woodhouse
Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Excellent hotel staff very helpful Cleanliness excellent Perfect position in old town Easy access to main attractions in old town Large choice of eating places.Quality of food good

Thank Janet B
London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017

Taking a 3 hour trip on this replica of Christopher Colombus' flagship is a wonderful experience and fully met my expectations. Ordinary tourists rarely have an opportunity to go to sea in replica historical vessels (this one was built on Madeira in 1998) so full marks to the locals for such an excellent initiative. Getting a ticket was straightforward. I... More 

Thank Mazandrew433
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146 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

The Santa Maria sails twice a day and, on our trip , we sailed westward. The sails were unfurled for our outward journey and it was just great to feel the power of the wind moving the ship. The ship is designed to be as close as possible in appearance and functionality to an old sailing galleon so don't expect... More 

Thank lochnagar
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017

Seen this sail past our hotel many times.Last holiday the weather didn't let them out on the day we went. This happened a few times this year so don't bank on it sailing every set time. We went out in fairly lively seas. Safe enough and you won't get splashed. We didn't count on seeing Whales or Dolphins and didn't... More 

Thank mark d
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Thought this might be a bit cheesy, and it is. But had a great trip, the Ship got right in close to four Sperm whales, and also a Beaked Whale, the crew are very informative, and friendly. Also went out to the sea cliff 180m high, very impressive, though we did see the Ship on our way to the Airport,... More 

Thank gordonmiller100
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64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2016

something a bit different, great crew, nice views of the coast, really know there sealife and a nice touch is they go under sail part of the way back, wine and cake is part of the ticket price, all in all one great way to spend a few hours on the water.

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