Discovery Island Madeira
Discovery Island Madeira
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours4WD, ATV & Off-Road ToursAdrenaline & Extreme Tours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Discovery Island is a touristic animation company, located in Portugal - Madeira Island and registered in the Regional Tourism Direction with license nº. 137/M/2013. We are a young and dynamic company that provides all kinds of services in the tourism and leisure sector.
Funchal, Portugal

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Martin Binz
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
As it was our second stop in Funchal and we already discovered the small but beautiful town, we decided to do something more sporty and pro active this time. It turned out to be the best possible decision! We met Beto and Diogo at the start point of the tour where they gave us the equipment and a funny but formal safety briefing. They led us down a path to the cliffs and the fun began. It was a guided route with a lot of extra spots, that were not in the trip description - as snorkelling, discovering ponds with small ecosystems, living seafood and more - and filled with knowledge about the bay, Madeira, the surrounding islands and their history. Beto and Diogo worked together as a unit in entertaining the group and keeping the moral up even when a part did not want to take the bigger jumps and keeping everyone save and sound. At the end it seemed more like if we’d known them forever and been friends for a long time then as if it was their work. The goodbye almost had a sentimental part to it. We laughed a lot and had much fun, if you ever are in Funchal and have 2-3 hours to spare you really have to take this tour.

Thanks for the good and fun time together, we will get in touch if we get back to Madeira.

Chef & Pastry Chef
Martin & Sabrina
Written February 24, 2020
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dutchgal
Antwerp, Belgium32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Although we had done canyoning before, we accidentally booked the beginners experience, and we were a bit worried that it might not be challenging enough, especially for our 15 and 18 year old sons. Also, the group consisted of about 16 people, and we prepared ourselves for a lot of waiting.
However, once we got underway, we were pleasantly surprised - although the course was not super challenging, it was far from boring, and we had a lot of fun. Also, the guides worked together very efficiently, so that the group could keep moving for most of the course.
But what really made it go from good to awesome was the interaction with our guides, Beto, Filipe and Jerome. They were very clear with their instructions, taking safety very seriously, but also constantly joking around, chatting with everyone, playful with the kids but just as much with the adults in the group. If anyone was scared to do something, they would encourage and help, but there was usually also an easier way of doing something, and they never forced it.
We would all highly recommend this tour, big kudos and thank you to the guides for making it awesome!!
Written August 24, 2021
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Dear customer, Thank you very much for your comment and for sharing your true experience with the world. We are happy you had a Wonderfull time. obrigado Duarte
Written September 16, 2021
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Dan C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Done the full day Safari yesterday with my dad. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience and our guide/driver (Nuno) was a top guy who added to the experience. Very knowledgeable and gave some great insight to the island along with seeing numerous sights. The optional meal was offered but not compulsory but would advise as great value for money.
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you very much for having the time to write about your experience we will share your words with Nuno so he can feel really happy. Best regards, Duarte
Written September 16, 2021
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Phillip J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We had a WONDERFUL day with Nuno as our driver and guide for an all day Land Rover tour on the northern side of the island.

Beautiful sights, wonderful in-depth information on all aspects of island life from a local, and a perfect way to get the "lay of the land" without having to worry about driving and navigating the "old roads" on your own. He picked us up in front of our hotel and we were off for a day of exploring!

Highly recommend Nuno as your driver, especially if you have kids, as he is a parent himself and was so patient and engaging with our 5 year old on the tour. Guests in our group spanned from age 5 to age 75, and each of us had a fantastic experience.

He went above and beyond to make our private trip memorable, even customizing stops and timing so we got the most out of what interested us! Would give 6 out of 5 stars!!!
Written December 22, 2021
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We are really happy you had a great time We will share your words with Nuno Best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written January 29, 2022
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Cyril
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We had a great day climbing down beautiful waterfalls, scaling the river bedding and have fun.
It was our first time canyoning and it was so enjoyable we will definitely go again when the opportunity arises.

Pickup was to be between 9:00 and 9:30 at our hotel in Funchal, the shuttlebus arrived perfectly timed at exactly 9:00. We were greeted by one of our guides who welcomed us and explained that we would have two more pickups before heading to the activity area.

Our guides Sandro and Beto were amazingly friendly and made sure everybody felt safe, comfortable and happy during the trip.
Serious instructions and care were the priority when needed and jokes and banter were present at other moments for comic relief.

Sandro and Beto were open and friendly, asking questions and showing genuine interest in us.
When someone in the group indicated he was a bit apprehensive of the heights we might encounter Beto took his time to comfort this person and took additional care during the trip to check in with him to help and comfort him.

It was a great and fun day and I can't recommend the organization and guides enough.
Written July 23, 2021
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Dear Customer, Thank you very much for sharing your words with the world. Regarding it we would like to thank you for the nice words regarding the professionalism of our guides. We will share your words with them. Thank you for choosing us. We hope we can get the chance to welcome you guys again for a new adventure. Best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written July 26, 2021
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maria
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Hands down the best experience ever!!! Wow. Madeira was a magical trip and we got to save the best part for last! I’ve never tried or even considered trying canyoning in my life before (I wasn’t even sure what it was haha). For our last day in Madeira, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something different.. canyoning, best decision ever! The experience was challenging, exciting, daring, adventurous but most importantly unforgettable in the best way possible. Sandro & Filipe are hands down the best instructors I’ve ever come across in my entire life! They were so PASSIONATE in what they were doing, so funny so ENTERTAINING and made sure EVERYONE was having a great time! Not to mention they made sure they captured hundreds of photos of our group along the way- which I’m so glad about hehehe! All in all, I 10000000% would recommend canyoning to any couple, friends, family. My boyfriend and l did level 1 together and we’re so glad we got to experience this adventure together, we got to make wonderful memories that we will cherish forever, and that’s all thanks to Sandro and Filipe for everything they’ve done- seriously I cannot thank them or praise them enough! I am looking forward to going for Level 2 in the near future xx

Lots of love,
Maria and Joseph
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Written November 8, 2021
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Thank you for writing such an amazing review We are really happy you had a wow experience best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written December 14, 2021
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Diba A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
If there was an option for 10 stars we would 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The pick up was prompt and the journey was luxurious in a Mercedes van. Both Sandro and Filipe were friendly and funny!

The journey up took about 30 minutes, when we got there we got changed in to our kit and got back in the van to the start. Definitely wear swimwear under your clothes for a quick and easy change.

We were shown how to use the ropes and we began. Even though this was the beginner option it was not slow or overloaded with instructions. We were explained how to keep ourselves safe and most importantly enjoy the experience.

The first waterfall decent was compulsory and a great way to build confidence. The first part of the route was 'more walking' but we didn't notice as it was still full of jumps and abseils.

The second part was more action packed, with slides, jumps and consecutive abseils. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the two guides made it exceptional. They were very laid back and kept us all laughing in many different ways.

They showed us how to jump in to the pools to ensure we felt safe enough to go for it. There was another trip ahead of us and the one time we saw them on the waterfall they did not seem to be having as much fun as we were!!!

I would 100% recommend this company, not just for the journey, equipment or location but the two guides who made our day perfect. My only regret, we didn't do this sooner on our trip. If we could, we would go again tomorrow.

They also took photos throughout and emailed them to us within 4 hours of the trip finishing. They made sure to capture everyone's enjoyment and have meant we have lovely memories to look back on.

Thank you Sandro and Filipe, we appreciate your hard work to make sure we had a great time.

If we come back to madeira, we will be seeing you both again. Love, Diba and Danni
Written October 22, 2021
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Dear Guest. Wow.. that's the word I can say to describe our happiness in reading your comment. Thank you very much for such a lovely words. We look forward to welcome you again for another great experience. best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written October 29, 2021
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Raluca Maria
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We had two amazing days exploring the island on the jeep tour. We took advantage to the fullest of Madeira’s beauty by visiting top spots like Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girau, Fanal Forest, Porto Moniz, Seixal Beach and Pico do Arieiro. Besides the touristic places, we had fun off-roading and we were impressed by the narrow and steep streets of Madeira. Moreover, the trip was even more enjoyable thanks to our driver and guide, Nuno, who put us all in a good mood and offered us insights from a local’s perspective.

I would totally recommend taking a jeep tour for making the most out of your stay in Madeira, seeing its beauty guided by a local.
Written September 26, 2021
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Thank you very much for having the time to share your thoughts with the world We are really happy you had a great time and that everything has been really nice. We hope we can get the chance to welcome you again for a new "adventure" hehe Best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written October 7, 2021
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Jey W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Thank you for this great experience. The crew was full of energy and highly motivated to guide the group through the canyon. Unforgettable adventure to a fair price.

The Level 1 tour was really basic and well explained (2-3 h).
Written November 21, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world. We are happy you had a good time and enjoyed it. Best regards, Duarte Ferreira
Written December 14, 2021
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Wietske Terpstra
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had a very nice day touring the east side of Madeira. Our tour guide César was very kind and had a lot of information about all the things we saw, and you will see a lot on this tour. We also had a lunch break at a very good restaurant with an amazing view. I would really recommend doing this tour to really get to know the island, it's culture, it's nature and enjoy the wonderful views.
Written August 12, 2020
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