Water activity

Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA

Madeira Island: Swimming with Dolphins

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA
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From £50.71 £45.64 per person

Make memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about these fascinating creatures, and get up close and personal with them as you swim alongside them in the crystal clear waters of Madeira.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • Enjoy a 99% chance of spotting whales and dolphins
  • Swim in the area with the highest concentration of cetacean of Madeira
  • See the crystal clear wates of Madeira Island
Full description

In the crystal clear waters of Madeira Island, swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. With assistance from an expert team of guides and divers, learn about the specific approach techniques needed to interact with these amazingly intelligent creatures. You may have the opportunity to swim with 2 species of dolphins: Common Dolphins or Spotted Dolphins. As you enter the water, you remain safely connected to the boat at all times. Glide along the waters and swim with the dolphins in front, below and next to you as you admire these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat and make unforgettable memories. 

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Other water transport
  • Snorkeling gear
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • Pregnant women
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    The tour departs from the new marina of Funchal (the small one with the big catamarans). Meet your guide in front of door 4 (the last one on the left). Please have your swimming suit on as there is no place to change at the meeting point. You can park your car at the "Almirante Reis" parking lot just a few minutes away from the boat departure.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen

    Know before you go

    • Madeira’s regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the natural habitat. It is possible to get in the water with 2 species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins
    • Due to environmental and behavioral factors, it cannot be guaranteed that you always can always enter in water but the crew will do everything possible for a successful trip. The rate of successful trips is 90%
    • If no dolphins or whales are spotted during the tour, you'll have the possibility of another free tour, or in case of unavailability due to weather conditions, a free trip voucher valid for 2 years
    • In case swimming is not possible, you will get the refund( the difference between the price of the observation trip and the swimming trip)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 338 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was a really great experience with very nice guides! We saw a lot of dolphins, but not while swimming, because the animals swam away very quickly :-), but we didn't think that was a problem, on the contrary, we were impressed that the guides were so considerate of the animals. We can really recommend the tour.

    12 August 2022

    Most fantastic experience ever! We went with our 4 children (24,22,17 and 12) with Marco and Christiana, our hearts beat with expectation. This tour exceeded all our expectations. We saw a group of dozens of spotted dolphins and were allowed into the wafer. The sea was calm and the dolphins playful! One touched my husband's foot and one swam ahead of me less than a meter away. Dozens of us! Our daughter of 12 had some bad luck with the snorkel so Marco let her go back into the water a little further so she could see the dolphins in peace! We were so lucky to see a group of pilot whales too!! And on the way back a fly fish flew with our boat. On the speedboat you are always on an edge so super close to the animals that come close to the boat. Marco and Christiana are experienced experts, with great respect for and knowledge of the animals. They also retrieved a cardboard box from the ocean. Once in a lifetime experience… I have no words for it!

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    11 August 2022

    The guides were super nice and strict care was taken to ensure that the animals were not disturbed in their natural space and behavior. If you are unable to get in the water or swim near dolphins, you will be credited the difference between a spotting trip and a swim trip. All in all a great experience!

    7 August 2022

    Product ID: 229471