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“Catamaran trip to see dolphins”

VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips
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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 August 3, 2013

The trip lasts about 3 hours. The boat is very comfortable and the scenery is lovely. We did manage to see some dolphins just as we were about to give up and turn around (although apparently they do give you the option to come back the next day for free if you are unsuccessful). Basically was a nice peaceful afternoon on the sea.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went on this trip on a whim- we were killing time as the new year celebrations hadn't begun (we were there for the fireworks). The water was calm so we thought why not? It turned out to be one of the best sea trips ever! The sea was calm, we got to see Funchal (and our hotel) from the sea and best of all we encountered a dolphin pod which was amazing- they were swimming around the boat, and just a joy to watch. Since it was so calm, we were sat on the netting for the whole trip- this gave a wonderful view of the dolphins. The crew were excellent, took such a good picture of us all (used a decent SLR and knew how to use it) we had to have a copy, and were friendly and informative throughout, even taking time to explain to my 4 year son, having seen the dolphins as promised and expectantly waiting the sperm whales, how rare they are! Well recommended.

Thank tikitaka_pfc
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Colleen d, Gerente de relações com clientes at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

We would like to thank you sincerely for your kind words! It is always very encouraging and motivating for our crew to get such positive feedback. From a management point of view, we are extemely proud of our excellent crew! They always try their best to find dolphins and/or whales especially when there are small children on board as it is a really exciting and educational experience for them and very rewarding for the crew to see the children's enjoyment.

You mention that you went on the trip on the day we had the fireworks show in the harbour. These fireworks displays are every Saturday during the month of June and are co-ordinated to music. They are included as part of the Music and Cultural Festival that takes place every year at this time. Not to be confused with our end of year fireworks display which is an amazing spectacle all on it's own!

Once again, thank you for taking the time to submit your evaluation and we hope that this won't be your last visit to our beautiful island!

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

This is worthwhile doing.
I booked as a 'walk up' on the day having waited to see what the sea conditions were like. The staff member who booked my trip in the office at the marina was extremely helpful and also advised that if there were no sightings of whales or dolphins that I would be offered the opportunity to have another trip. Fortunately this was not necessary we saw both shortly after leaving the harbour.
The trip was excellent with a friendly informed crew who gave us plenty of information about the wildlife seen.

Thank disneytastic31
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We bought our tickets in an travel office, and they promised us to see dolphins and other animals, to have a bath and to practice snorkel.
None of them! The only thing I got was a terrible travel sickness, and I wasn't the only one, half of the sailors had the same sensation.
Maybe, it wasn't a good day to travel, it was on April, but they should know that and cancel the activity.
They were 3 of the worst hours of my life! I don't recommend it!

1  Thank lamaletadeiam
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Colleen d, Guest Relations Manager at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to our catamaran trips. We did try to contact you requesting more detailed information, as you went out with us back in April.

I really apologise that your trip was not what you expected it to be. Our standard procedure if there are no sightings of dolphins or whales is to offer our clients another trip for free.

On the day of your trip you say that you got terribly sea sick and I must point out that if the sea conditions were not good, we would cetainly not have stopped for swimming and/or snorkelling. It is not usual for us to do this activity in the winter months for this reason. We did, in fact, cancel quite a few of our trips in April due to bad sea/weather conditions.

If we had details of where and with whom you had purchased your ticket, we could have verified that this person was giving you the correct information. Unfortunately, there are a few unscrupulous ticket sellers that tell prospective clients that all the catamarans are owned by one company. There are actually three (3) independent catamaran companies in Madeira. Our catamarans are: "Sea the Best" and "Sea Pleasure". Our company has some exclusive offers for our clients.

We take great pride in that our rating on tripadvisor has maintained it's 'Excellent' rating for the second year in a row. Our crew are all highly-qualified, experienced crewmen who have a real passion for their work and the cetaceans.


If you ever visit Madeira again, please come and see us in our kiosk on the Marina and we will give you tickets for a free trip. Once again, I apologise for your unpleasant experience and can only hope that the rest of your stay in Madeira was a pleasant one.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Having been let down for a Levada Walk we decided to take a Catamaran trip and chill out as it was our last day in Madeira. We certainly picked the best catamaran "Sea Best". The crew were great, helpful and very informative. We were able to see many pilot whales which was really good. There was also time to take a dip in the sea for those who wanted to.The sail back along the coastline was beautiful and chilling out with a cold beer what more could one ask for. I would highly recommend this trip,

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