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Estreito da Calheta Nature & adventure

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Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

1. Madeira: Whale Watching Excursion in a Traditional Vessel

Discover the protected marine areas surrounding the island of Madeira on a boat trip with expert local guides. Enjoy a whale-watching excursion on the "Ribeira Brava", a traditional wooden fishing boat restored down to the smallest detail which is the only boat of its kind in Madeira today. Admire the views of the coast as you sail out to sea. Explore and try to spot monk seals, different bird species, dolphins, and whale species in their natural habitat. Watch amazing breaches and marine creatures frolicking in the open ocean.

Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

2. Porto Santo: Kayak Tour from Ponta Calheta

Embark on a kayaking tour from Ponta Calheta and discover beautiful landscapes of volcanic rock formations, caves, and rugged coastlines. Choose from two different routes: Kayaking to Cal Islet Start the tour on Calheta Beach and head to the nearby Cal Islet located just offshore. See the rugged volcanic rock formations of the island including its many caves and high cliffs. Kayaking to Zimbralinho Beach Start from Calheta Beach and kayak along the coast to Zimbralinho Beach. Discover the beautiful coast of Porto Santo ánd its inlets, arriving at the pristine Zimbralinho Beach.

Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Estreito da Calheta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

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.

Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

4. Calheta: Madeira Private Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Wine

Experience the beauty of Madeira's coast on this private yacht tour. Cruise along the coastline to see steep cliffs and charming red-roofed villages. Jump from the boat into the cool refreshing water. Meet your crew and board the boat. Set off along the coast from Calheta and have the freedom to explore the shore in either direction. Uncover secret spots that can only be accessed by boat. Dive into the water and snorkel through rock formations and schools of sliver fish. Pick from the daytime option where you can sun on deck or the evening option which allows you take in stunning views of the sunset over the sea. Travel in a well-maintained craft and have the use of amenities like towels and a cabin. Chill out with a fresh drink or sparkling wine served by the professional crew. Head back to Calheta

Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

5. Funchal: Amazing Craters of Fire 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the warmest place of Madeira and what is has to offer. The southwest is the point less visited by foreigners, making all the viewpoints unique. You can admire the lovely scenery freely there without the crowds of tourists around spoiling it. You'll start at Campanário, with tiny 2-way roads making for great adventures. Once at Ponta do Sol, you will take an off-road track up to the plateau which sits at 1,500 meters. This track will see you passing by green mountains, all of which are covered with forests. Following that, stop at Prazeres where you have the option to taste home-made dishes which pack plenty of flavor. You'll then make your way down to the villages near the coastline, where charismatic fishing villages create a contrast with the colors of the sky and mountains. You will see old terraces where people still work with their hands in the production of bananas, sugar cane, and subtropical fruits.

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What people are saying about Estreito da Calheta

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.

Nice trip. A more expensive one, but it's all worth it. They treat the animals very respectfully and our guide could tell very nicely about the animals. Recommended!

The speed boat has a great advantage when moving longer distances (it travels at about 50 km/h) and is surprisingly comfortable.

Exciting whale whatching experience. Saw a lot of dolphins and 2 different whales !! :)

very dedicated team that cares about animal welfare