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Dolphin and Whale Watching

Funchal, Portugal

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Experience hosted by Umut

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Please arrive to Our office in Marina Funchal 20min prior to the departure time so you have time to check in.

Once aboard, there will be a safety briefing and information about the trip.
We will sail out a few miles from Funchal Bay searching for signs of wildlife such as dolphins, whales and turtles. It's a once in a lifetime experience seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. They are often jumping and splashing nearby!
You can enjoy watching the sea life without big crowds in front of you as we take less passengers for a better experience.
This trip includes a stop at Cabo Girão, one of the highest seacliffs in the world.
Our certified guides will give you plenty of information about the species you have seen, fauna, flora and all the interesting places along the way.
In summer months you can dip into crystal clear waters whilst taking in the beautiful scenery around you. We provide snorkeling equipment free of charge.
We will return close to the coast so you can enjoy the spectacular views of Madeira Island from the ocean.
Other things to note
Please arrive to our office 20min prior to the departure time.
Do not forget to bring sun cream, towels and a wind breaker of course your camera.
Important info, Due to the Crovid 19 we do not allow the use of snorkeling equipment!!
Please arrive to Our office in Marina Funchal 20min prior to the departure time so you have time to check in.

Once aboard, there will be a safety briefing and information about the trip.
We will sail out a few miles from Funchal Bay searching for signs of wildlife such as dolphins, whales and turtles. It's a once in a lifetime experience seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. They are often jumping and splashi…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Snorkeling
From $37
/ person
Thu, Nov 26
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$37 per person
$37 per person
Fri, Nov 27
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$37 per person
$37 per person
Sat, Nov 28
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$37 per person
$37 per person

Meet your host, Umut

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 73 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, I am the owner of the Magic Dolphin Catamaran and also I will be your host during this activity.

Our Captain Duarte , has a coastal skipper licence, sailed around the world and have 30 years experience navigating through oceanic waters.
He will be responsible for safely guiding you through our waters and he will do so with great pleasure. He is to ensure you have an experience of a lifetime!
I manage a team of crew and marine biologists that will provide you with information about the wildlife and also beautiful Madeira Island fauna and flora.
So come aboard and be a part of the Magical experience that you will never forget.
Hi, I am the owner of the Magic Dolphin Catamaran and also I will be your host during this activity.

Our Captain Duarte , has a coastal skipper licence, sailed around the world and have 30 years experience navigating through oceanic waters.
He will be responsible for safely guiding you through our waters and he will do so with great pleasure. He is to ensure you have an experience of a lifetime!
I manage a team of crew and marine biologists that will provide you wit…
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Where you'll be

We will sail 6 miles of the cost of Funchal looking for dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Head to Cabao Girao world second highest sea cliff. On our way return we will stop in the famous fishing village Camara do Lobos. Last leg of the journey we sail close to Funchal Bay where you can enjoy the stunning view of the coast of Funchal and the view to famous Reids's Hotel from Atlantic Ocean.

Rated 4.62 out of 5 from 73 reviews.

Marta
November 2020
Great experience. Dolphins were just swimming next to the boat for a big part of this trip. I loved how stuff was talking about the things we were seeing on our way.
Palma
November 2020
What was wonderful was that we saw dolphins that was fantastic. What was not great was that it said 10 people max per boat and we were 20 a bit like the sardines at the front which did not allow me to really relax during the experience in the middle of a pandemic. The host is also a bit misleading as it is not Umut but a large company. Great to see dolphins but safety and hygiene could have been better.
What was wonderful was that we saw dolphins that was fantastic. What was not great was that it said 10 people max per boat and we were 20 a bit like the sardines at the front which…
Elena
October 2020
It was almost perfect! We were very lucky to see 2 or 3 dolphin families including baby dolphins. The stuff was very concious and were aware of the needs of the vulnerable animals.
Melanie
October 2020
Es war wirklich ein toller Ausflug und wir haben die Zeit sehr genossen! Wir haben sowohl Wale als auch Delfine gesehen. Leider war die Zeit mit den Tieren sehr kurz, sodass effektiv rund 15 min Tiere beobachtet werden konnten. Danach gab es noch umfangreiche und gute Erklärungen zu den beobachteten Tieren. Die Crew war sehr aufgeschlossen, freundlich und bemüht. Nur Abstecher zu der Steilwand im Anschluss hätten wir nicht unbedingt gebraucht. Die Tour insgesamt können wir aber empfehlen!
Es war wirklich ein toller Ausflug und wir haben die Zeit sehr genossen! Wir haben sowohl Wale als auch Delfine gesehen. Leider war die Zeit mit den Tieren sehr kurz, sodass effekt…
Catherine
October 2020
A fantastic trip, 3 hours out at sea! We were so lucky as got to see the dolphins too! Had a great day to go, weather was hot and the sea calm. Would highly recommend.
Aylin
September 2020
I can absolutely recommend this experience. We were so lucky, got to see two different types of dolphins in action. It was a dream coming true, that brought a few tears of joy to my eyes. Much thanks to the whole team!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Take a wind breaker and comfortable clothing, hat, sun-cream