Water activity

Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

4.6 / 5

91 reviews

Activity provider: Ventura Nature Emotions

Funchal: Whale and Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Activity provider: Ventura Nature Emotions

From US$ 59.90 per person

Enjoy a whale and dolphin watching experience off the coast of Madeira on a speed boat. Animal sightings are guaranteed on this incredible tour.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English


  • Embark on a speed boat tour to catch sightings of whales and dolphins off the coast of Madeira
  • Learn more about the marine species of the area from an expert biologist guide
  • Enjoy the sights of the beautiful coastline of Madeira
Full description
Start with a short briefing from your biologist guide, which will provide information on the various types of wildlife you will search for on the tour. Set out in a speed boat with a capacity for 12 people. Admire the beautiful coastline of the island of Madeira while searching for various marine species. With a skilled crew, embark on a search for various species of dolphin and whales which are found in the waters surrounding the island. You are guaranteed to catch sightings of cetaceans while on the tour. If any species are not found, you will be offered a second trip for free.
  • Insurance
  • Biologist guide
  • Experienced crew
  • Lifejackets
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Ventura Orange shop in the Marina do Funchal

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
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    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 91 reviews

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    It was a great experience. Pilot whales and Bryde's whale with calf. The team works well together and a lot is said about the animals in front of and on board. Only haze was... we ordered online for 11.01 and were asked to come on the 10th. As the weather turns bad. On the 11th the ride would have been a birthday present. Rather, they wanted to get the boat safely full for 10. We therefore rescheduled. The weather was even better on the 11th than the day before. Still 5 stars... so tight

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    January 12, 2023

    The tour was pretty enjoyable. Being on a speedboat allows one to get much closer to the water surface, right by the dolphins. Was on a 1pm tour and we managed to catch two different pods of dolphins - common and striped - hunting. Also managed to witness a peek of a whale surfacing for air from a distance. The tour which was slated to be 2-2.5 hours eventually took 3 hours as we waited out for the whale to surface.

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    January 4, 2023

    A dolphin sighting in the first 30 minutes of the tour, lots of animals. Also saw a whale briefly. Unfortunately no more sightings in the remaining 90 minutes. The tour ended exactly after 2 hours, although Get your Guide states 2 to 2.5 hours and the tour is relatively expensive at EUR 55 compared to other providers. All in all a nice tour, the ride with Schnellbot is fun, but unfortunately there is little observation.

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    January 4, 2023

    Product ID: 323803