Water activity

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider:VMT Madeira Catamaran
Water activity

From Funchal: Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider:VMT Madeira Catamaran
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From US$ 37.57 per person

Likely to sell out

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a second cruise for free.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic waters off the south coast of Madeira
  • Cruise along the coast of Madeira by catamaran
  • Get a 2nd whale and dolphin watching tour for free if you don't see any cetaceans
  • Swim at the foot of one of Europe's highest sea cliffs
Full description

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast from the Marina do Funchal. Look for dolphins and whales (and even turtles) playing in the cold waters of the sea. Be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you tour Madeira's south coast on a catamaran cruise. During the summer months, stop to swim below the cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

A qualified crew will provide detailed information in various languages about the species of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) you see. Also get historical and technical information for a truly unique experience.

In the event, you don’t spot any whales or dolphins you will be offered a complimentary second trip. However, if you only see dolphins but not whales, no refund will be offered.

  • Catamaran cruise
  • Crew
  • Live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Check-in 30 minutes before departure at VMT Madeira, Catamaran Trips Quiosque, Funchal Marina (Cais 8, below Praça do Povo).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  •  Please bring a windbreaker and sunscreen. In the summer, you can also bring a towel and swimwear to swim
  •  The catamarans are equipped with toilets, and a bar serving snacks and beverages (available for purchase)
  •  Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is cancelled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  •  Tours may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements, or in the event of bad weather. Should this occur, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 659 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Service
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I loved the openess of the catamaran! I've been on other excursions on different types of boats, but this was the best! I really valued the respect the crew had for the animals by adhering to the rules of time limits and distance from other boats. Great experience ~ definitely recommend!

April 24, 2023

I’ve done this trip twice. The first time I went, unfortunately the weather wasn’t great and we didn’t see any animals. But VMT gave me a second trip for free and this time we were so lucky! We’ve got to see dolphins twice and we saw a big group of pilot whales. It was absolutely amazing, everybody was speechless. VMT is also very respective of nature and the rules around watching these animals. Big plus from me too!

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April 1, 2023

Great We met a few dolphins et small whales, animals have their rules I can’t complain about any of that. The animation was good, I liked that we were not so much on the boat I particularly liked the ballad ending with a visit of the island from the sea. I’m really happy about that especially since I did not expect it. Thanks, it was my first 4 hours in Madere and that already blows my mind :)

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February 12, 2023

Product ID: 57215