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“The highlight of our holiday”

VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips
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$44.21*
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Madeira Catamaran, is one of the most popular boat trips on Madeira island and have been operating since 2003, taking clients out to sea to watch dolphins, whales and turtles in their natural habitat.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We have been out with this boat before back in September and saw a whale and that was excellent but this trip was amazing.
The sea was very calm which may have helped. We saw spotted dolphins which came around the boat and clearly had fun in the bow waves, the crew thought there could have been up to one hundred or so of them in the area which we could easily believe as us and the other boats were surrounded by them! There were also two Fin whales, probably a mother and calf. The crew were very knowledgeable and gave us information about the whales & dolphins and kept a respectful distance from the whales not staying too long. On our way back we also saw about 6 bottle-nosed dolphins.
There were only a few people on this trip so it almost felt as if we had the boat to ourselves and had an excellent view. We took photographs mainly from the netting at the front of the catamaran where you can get very close to the dolphins who seem as curious about us as we are about them.
The views of Funchal and the mountains is amazing from the sea so worth the trip even if no whales were around. It's a 3 hour trip so very good value for money.

2  Thank Elaine F
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

They found the Whales before the other boats out, then the Dolphins first. No Loud Music, plenty of shade, cold beer on tap. A great way to spend new years day or any other day.

2  Thank Derek_Rides
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

went on the Sea the Best catamaran end of December - saw plenty of dolphins and a few whales. Staff is very friendly, interesting comments about the animals and views. Boat is quite big and stable so I could hardly feel the waves.

2  Thank Basia_go
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Easy, they obviously do their best to ensure you see something every time you go out, but in the event you see nothing they invite you to come back and try again.

This is such a relaxing 3 hours it is a real pleasure, when you add the excitement of a seeing dolphins and whales the whole mood of the boat lifts.

4 whale and dolphin trips now and 3 out of 4 have been lucky, they claim over 90% success rate and with the offer of a second trip you are almost guaranteed to be lucky.

Give it a try, I am sure you will be delighted.

1  Thank micknjay
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

You have a better chance of seeing dolphins if the day is calm, also the journey will be smoother. Unfortunately the day I went it was too cold/windy for anyone to feel like going swimming. Good view of the base of the Cabo Girao cliffs. There are drinks for sale on board and a loo. Don't forget to take your swimming costume and also a jacket. If you meet at the Solar da Santola restaurant and are offered a drink note that this is not included in the price of the trip.

Thank Amanda W
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