Water activity

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA
Water activity

From Funchal: Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira Island

Activity provider: AMAZINGANCHOR LDA
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From US$ 59.27 per person

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Make memories that will last a lifetime as you swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about these fascinating creatures, and get up close and personal with them as you swim alongside them in the crystal clear waters of Madeira.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • Enjoy a 99% chance of spotting whales and dolphins
  • Swim in the area with the highest concentration of cetacean of Madeira
  • See the crystal clear wates of Madeira Island
Full description

Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat in the crystal-clear waters of Madeira Island. Enjoy the support and guidance of on-hand instructors who will teach you how to approach and interact with the dolphins.

Board your boat and head towards the area with a 99% chance of seeing dolphins. Get the opportunity to swim with two species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins. As you enter the water, remain safely connected to the boat at all times.

Get comfortable in the water and approach the dolphins with the support of your instructor. Once you're ready, begin to swim with the dolphins in front, below, and next to you and admire these beautiful mammals up close, and in their natural habitat. 

  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Unfortunately, no food will be served on this tour but there is a café where you can purchase it
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the new marina of Funchal, the small marina with the big catamarans. Meet your guide in front of door 4, the last one on the left. You can park your car at the Almirante Reis parking lot just a few minutes away from the boat departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Madeira’s regulations for swimming with wild dolphins are quite strict in order to preserve the natural habitat. It is possible to get in the water with 2 species of dolphins: common dolphins and spotted dolphins
  • Due to environmental and behavioral factors, it cannot be guaranteed that you always can always enter in water but the crew will do everything possible for a successful trip. The rate of successful trips is 90%
  • If no dolphins or whales are spotted during the tour, you will have the possibility of another free tour, or in case of unavailability due to weather conditions, a free trip voucher valid for 2 years
  • In case swimming is not possible, you will get a refund( the difference between the price of the observation trip and the swimming trip)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 492 reviews

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We were super lucky to see both a group of spotted dolphins, as well as a small family of sperm whales! Didn't manage to see them underwater as they were a bit shy that day, but it was a really fun trip and incredible to be so close to the beautiful wild animals.

March 26, 2023

A Great experience. The guide, Christina, was super informative and friendly. We felt safe and succeeded to see and swim shortly with dolphins. For people like us who were not used to snorkeling it was a bit challenging to stay close to the boat and use snorkels at the same time but we succeeded thanks to very clear instructions. The entire activity contracts you to sea life and nature and was one of if not the most memorable experiences of our trip to Madeira! At the end the skipper made spin curves which contributed to our fun. Thank you!

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March 26, 2023

Great, amazing, we hat luck to finde three groups of 2 different kinds of dolphins.at the end, I wished more information about that we can not swim when we have seen dolphins. I understand that but would be nice to have a clear communication and some mir knowledge about the animals.

March 26, 2023

Product ID: 229471