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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

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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. 
  • 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'll 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The trip was amazing! We left the harbour right on time and the crew started immediately looking for dolphins and whales. After an hour, a member of staff spotted a big group of dolphins which we approached and saw at a very close distance. After a while, the crew also spotted a
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We did the trip yesterday and it was truly impressive! We were incredibly lucky as we saw a large group of dolphins that were playful and really “sociable”. And after that we spotted around 5-6 whales! They came very close to us (or we went very close to them) and it was one of
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The staff were very nice, welcoming, explained well about Dolphins, we found a large group, 10 minutes into the trip, they followed us for 45 minutes, which we were told was very unusual. The coast was beautiful, we were lucky to have a great weather day!!!
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Smelled the gasoline almost the entire trip, everyone was close to falling asleep. The crew should really come up with something to entertain the people if there are dolphins or whales
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You have booked a boat trip with possibility of spotting dolphins or whales in their wild habitat. It is not guaranteed that we will always find them!! Our crew is professional skippers and marine biologists, they are not entertainers they are there to look out for wild life and look after the safety of our guest. It is very unusual that you could smell the gasoline, it is first time I hear this, unless you go to the engine room, even then we can not smell it. If you did smell the fuel it could have been better for you t sit in front of the catamaran. I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holiday here in Madeira. Regards Umut
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The crew was patient, explained everything and were accomodating. Shore staff also nice and friendly.
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Key Details
  • Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
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