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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran provided by Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20/06/16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/06/16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The sea is indisputably the best place from which to observe Cabo Girao, some of the world's tallest sea cliffs. Bag yourself the best views on this whale-watching cruise from Funchal, perfect for nature lovers. On a catamaran, find a seat on the deck and enjoy the scenery while scanning the horizon for dolphins and whales. Plus, a range of departure times allows this tour to slot seamlessly into your itinerary. 
Highlights
  • A stress-free chance to observe Madeira's wildlife and landscape 
  • Search for dolphins and whales with the guidance of the crew 
  • Take in the scenery of Madeira from the best vantage point—the water
  • Snorkel gear for exploring the surrounding waters is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Funchal Marina to catch your departing catamaran. Climb on board and meet your captain and crew, who take care of all of the navigation while you enjoy the scenery and search for marine life. Explore the spacious boat, with seating inside the cabin or on the sun deck. As you pull out of the marina, begin your search for local dolphins and whales, with the guidance and information provided by your crew. You have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the dolphins' and whales' biology and behavior. Head for Cabo Girão, one of the world's tallest seaside cliffs, standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) high. The boat moors in the cliff's shadow, and you can choose to stay on deck and take in the scenery or jump in and explore underwater. You can travel light on this tour, knowing that snorkel equipment is provided. Snorkelers, beginners and experts, will feel comfortable with the instruction and guidance of the crew. Cruise back to Funchal along the coastline, allowing for excellent views and photo ops.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3-hour catamaran cruise
  • Complimentary goggles and mask
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ramón van Loon wrote a review 09 Nov
Harderwijk, The Netherlands9 contributions1 helpful vote
A very nice experience with the local guides on the catamaran. We saw various groups of spotted dolphins, succes pretty much guaranteed!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Ramon, Many thanks for your positive feed back. We do use wild life spotters for the most of the trips. So in that respect yes pretty much high chance of seeing the wild life. Hope to see you again. Regards Umut
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JOANIE W wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
boat was lovely and covid arrangements meant it felt very safe. staff were so friendly and made the tripa pleasure. saw spotted dolphins and that was so amazing!!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Many thanks for the positive feed back. Especially the Covid arrangements. It is taught times now but we do our best to keep positive and safe . Keep safe Regards Umut
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KatrinaCargill wrote a review Oct 2020
Bathgate, United Kingdom15 contributions5 helpful votes
An amazing experience, the team know the area to pretty much guarantee you'll see wildlife. We were not disappointed as we saw pilot whales for the first time
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Katrina, Thank you. Yes true crew knows the area well. They have been doing this job for quite long time. We also have a team on the land who is scanning the ocean for us (wild life spotters) they help a great deal to find the animals before hand. But we can be unlucky sometimes too. I am really happy that you have seen pilot whales. Best regards Umut
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Kate M wrote a review Oct 2020
High Wycombe, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
Very entertaining and informative trip. Original booking was for a day with bad weather. We took a short-notice exchange option, arranged by the local office.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Apologies for the short notice. Sometimes is difficult for us to predict the weather in advance. Most of the time the weather forecast here is false alarm so we wait until the day to see if the conditions are good. Really sorry for that. In the other hand it is important for the sightings to have good weather conditions. We hope to see you joining to us again. Regards Umut
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Sheri wrote a review Oct 2020
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It was a great trip. The crew were very nice people who explained alot to us. Thank you Fabio for your advice and taking pictures of me. The nikita was really delicious.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Great headline. Made me smile. 10 out of 10. I will pass your message to Fabio. Best regards Umut
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Memorable experience
Magic Dolphin were the only company offering rigid inflatable trips the day we had planned to go out, so although I
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lindylou84
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It's a must!
This trip was well organised from start to finish. The ship's crew were friendly and knowledgeable. A member of s
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karen b
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Informative trip
The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable on the local wildlife. This time we actually saw lots of dolphins who
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michaelsH5977GX
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Whale of a time
Spotted spotted dolphins and a juvenile whale. Another one off the bucket list. Sara and Francisco used their skill
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MurielB977
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Great trip!
We went on the 2 hour trip, weather was good and we saw lots of spotted dolphins and pilot whales - some very close
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James8896
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Disappointing
Very disappointing trip. We didn’t see anything, no dolphins no whales no turtles nothing! Just sat on the boat for
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andy c
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Great boat trip and dolphins!
We did the morning trip on the catamaran. The sea wasn’t ideal for spotting marine wildlife, but our crew did find
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1981TomMod
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Amazing
It was a really nice experience seeing different types of dolphins and pilot whales. Sara was very informative rega
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timrH8268JE
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Fabulous afternoon whale watching
Had a fantastic afternoon whale and dolphin spotting. The crew are superb and super knowledgeable. We were lucky to
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sarahbooling
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So many dolphins
Amazing trip highlight of our holiday! We’d been out around half an hour when the crew caught sight of dolphins ahe
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cazzig
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The best way to see dolphins and whales in Maderia
Great company, booking was simply, reasonably priced and no pressure to book. Outside the booking huts are boards w
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J7930QIdianef
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Magic Dolphin Sea Safari by speedboat
Absolutely brilliant morning. Saw 2 species of dolphins, and 2 species of whales. They swam up very close to the bo
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toothman64
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Fantastic whalewatching
We took a trip on a RIB with the very enthusiastic and knowledgable Josephine. we were lucky enough to see spotted
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Raqueell_s2
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Perfect
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, pleasant ride and great service. The captain and the biologist who accompany us a
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LauraMeneses
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Amazing Sea Safari
Amazing trip in the sea safari! We saw twp whales and hundreds of dolphins, it was amazing :). Definitely the best
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