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Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

From US$ 59.39 per person

Have fun with a whale and dolphin-watching while touring Madeira Island by speedboat. Approach wildlife with respect and care as you enjoy your time at sea.

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Duration 2 hours
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German, English


  • Take advantage of a high marine mammal sighting success rate
  • Enjoy touring Madeira Island by speed boat
  • Marvel at beautiful views of the Madeira coastline
  • Have the chance to see the island's wildlife
Full description
Glide around Madeira Island as you search for whales and dolphins by speedboat. Experience close encounters with the island's wildlife and follow the guidance of your local crew to approach animals with awareness. Meet your speedboat crew at the port and aboard a modern and highly efficient whale watching vessel. The speedboat's silent engines are ideal for wildlife watching as they cause little disturbance to the sensitive hearing of whales and dolphins. Once aboard, tour the sea around Madiera Island and beyond as your speed boat takes you to far distances for an optimal marine-watching experience.
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    Meeting point

    Avenida Dom Manuel I, Porto de Recreio da Calheta 9370-133 Calheta

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    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 37 reviews

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    After an initial briefing by our guide Paula, we took the Stenella out to sea off Calheta and soon saw beaked whales. After a few minutes of rest and some explanations by Paula, we came across a group of pilot whales that were also great to watch. At the end there were a lot of otherwise shy striped dolphins to see. It was a very successful trip on a Sunday afternoon in October. We can highly recommend it. But you should keep in mind that you are not in a zoo and there is no guarantee that you will see this or that animal. The guides and the driver have support from a spotter on land so that they always try to show something. The additional explanations are wonderful for acquiring some knowledge and seeing the water world with different eyes.

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    October 17, 2022

    The whale and dolphin tour with the boat Stenella via the provider Lobosonda is highly recommended! We were there at the beginning of August and were fascinated! This was the highlight of our Madeira trip! The introduction before the start was very understandable and informative. During the tour there were repeated explanations in English and German. The provider ensures that the marine animals are treated responsibly and approaches the whales and dolphins very carefully. On our tour we saw Atlantic spotted dolphins, beaked whales and, as a highlight, fin whales. Fin whales are the second largest animals on earth. Of course, it can happen that you don't see as much on the tour as we do - it's about nature and the animals' own lives. But thanks to an excellent skipper, a great tour guide and scouts on the mountains, we saw a lot. Processing via getyourguide was easy.

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    August 20, 2022

    Always luck involved in trying to see wildlife, and we got very lucky indeed with the weather, but also got to see a whale, two species of dolphin, a loggerhead turtle and a flying fish! The guides were excellent and very professional and informative. It was a highlight of our trip.

    July 19, 2022

    Product ID: 399071