Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching by Luxury Catamaran

From $29.77 per person

Sail along the beautiful bay of Funchal by luxury catamaran looking for dolphins and whales in their natural environments. Laze in the sun and take an optional swim in the crystal clear waters of Cabo Girão during the summer months.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail to the world's second highest sea cliff at Cabo Girão
  • Look for dolphins and whales in the waters surrounding Funchal
  • Learn about Madeira's thriving ocean ecology from an expert crew
  • Relax aboard a luxury catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer passengers than other whale watching tours
  • Benefit from quick boarding and disembarkation procedures
Full description
Make your way to Funchal Marina at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to board a luxury catamaran. Once the group has gathered and all questions have been addressed, take a short walk to your boat for a safety briefing from the experienced crew before boarding. Choose between the luxurious interior with comfortable seating and sun and wind protection, or the outdoor sun beds and trampoline nets. Then, sit back and relax as you sail out to sea and look back at the marina. Although sightings of the marine life cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around Funchal. Keep a look out as you cruise across the water while the crew is on hand to answer any questions about the variety of species you may encounter. Then, head to the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão, looming 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the sea. Drop anchor at Cabo Girão and take a dip in the inviting waters to explore the sea life below the surface with your complimentary goggles and snorkel mask. Then, cruise at a leisurely pace back to Funchal Marina, sailing along the coastline for fantastic views of the landscapes of Madeira. Arrive back at Funchal Marina for the speedy disembarking process so that you can continue with your day unimpeded.
  • 2.5 or 3-hour guided dolphin and whale watching tour (depending on option selected)
  • Toilets aboard the luxury catamaran (ladies and gents)
  • Swimming stop (summer tours)
  • Snorkels and googles provided for free
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring sun screen
  • Bring your swimming costume in the summer months
  • Please note that the winter program runs from November 15 to April 15
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 798 reviews

Review summary

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I want to say big thank you for guys on the boat which one try to make me feel better on the trip time (because I felt really bad in the boat this time). It was really nice to get your help when I really needed that. Btw boat was little bit late and we all got free drink which is really nice too. Shall nature didnt cross our path no matter how hard we looked to find it next time we will have our opportunity to see the beautiful sea creatures on a less rough sea day. Thanks!

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9 June 2021

Nice experience, in April we were able to see a large group of dolphins, a family of dolphins and 4 baby sperm whales .... what to say!?!? ... we were really lucky! Small catamaran the right, on board we were an adequate number of people (it makes the difference). Great staff! Recommended.

26 April 2021

Great ride out on the catamaran. The dolphins were shy that day but we still go to see them, saw a beautiful mummy and baby spotted dolphin swimming next to each other as well. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff with good English. They told us about the dolphins and history of the coast of the island. Pointed out interesting sights along the way. And even suggested a nice place for dinner when I asked.

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28 October 2020

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