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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran provided by Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris

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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The sea is indisputably the best place from which to observe Cabo Girao, some of the world's tallest sea cliffs. Bag yourself the best views on this whale-watching cruise from Funchal, perfect for nature lovers. On a catamaran, find a seat on the deck and enjoy the scenery while scanning the horizon for dolphins and whales. Plus, a range of departure times allows this tour to slot seamlessly into your itinerary. 
Highlights
  • A stress-free chance to observe Madeira's wildlife and landscape 
  • Search for dolphins and whales with the guidance of the crew 
  • Take in the scenery of Madeira from the best vantage point—the water
  • Snorkel gear for exploring the surrounding waters is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Funchal Marina to catch your departing catamaran. Climb on board and meet your captain and crew, who take care of all of the navigation while you enjoy the scenery and search for marine life. Explore the spacious boat, with seating inside the cabin or on the sun deck. As you pull out of the marina, begin your search for local dolphins and whales, with the guidance and information provided by your crew. You have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the dolphins' and whales' biology and behavior. Head for Cabo Girão, one of the world's tallest seaside cliffs, standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) high. The boat moors in the cliff's shadow, and you can choose to stay on deck and take in the scenery or jump in and explore underwater. You can travel light on this tour, knowing that snorkel equipment is provided. Snorkelers, beginners and experts, will feel comfortable with the instruction and guidance of the crew. Cruise back to Funchal along the coastline, allowing for excellent views and photo ops.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3-hour catamaran cruise
  • Complimentary goggles and mask
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jahnlo S wrote a review 2 May
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My husband and I went on the Catamaran. The experience was truly breathtaking as we spotted Dolphins and Whales, accompanied by the beautiful cliffs of Madeira. The crew was very helpful and friendly. All round it was a very special experience.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your generous comment. We very much appreciated. We hope to welcome you aboard for an other special moment soon. Best regards Umut
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mgoldstoff wrote a review Apr 2021
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19 contributions21 helpful votes
We went on the boat trip to see dolphins and maybe whales. We saw plenty of dolphins. It was awedome!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Guest, We have been blessed last few days with Sperm Whales. We have been having incredible sightings. I am happy you were part of the experience. Hopefully we see you again. Best regards Umut
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Saskia wrote a review Apr 2021
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Very professional team and made the tour a uniquely experience by giving us a lot information about the animals we saw.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Saskia, Many thanks for choosing our company and your positive feed back about our Crew. We hope to welcome you aboard again. Best regards Umut
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Justina P wrote a review Apr 2021
Kaunas, Lithuania5 contributions
We are very happy to have a such a wonderful time. The crew were awesome. Dolphins as well! Highly recomend!
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your positive feed back. I am glad you have enjoyed the trip and had wonderful time. Hopefully we see you again soon. Regards Umut
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Lucie M wrote a review Apr 2021
Berlin, Germany2 contributions
Great tour, we saw some dolphins, guides were super helpful. There was a bar on board. The tour takes between 2,5-3 hours.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
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Dear Lucie, Thank you for sharing your experience and giving us a positive feed back. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Madeira too. Best regards Umut
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By: Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris
rumie2018
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Amazing experience
We both loved this! The whole trip was very enjoyable - the staff told us very interesting information about Madeir
aldcfb
aldcfb
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Memorable experience
Magic Dolphin were the only company offering rigid inflatable trips the day we had planned to go out, so although I
lindylou84
lindylou84
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It's a must!
This trip was well organised from start to finish. The ship's crew were friendly and knowledgeable. A member of s
karen b
karen b
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Informative trip
The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable on the local wildlife. This time we actually saw lots of dolphins who
michaelsH5977GX
michaelsH5977GX
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Whale of a time
Spotted spotted dolphins and a juvenile whale. Another one off the bucket list. Sara and Francisco used their skill
MurielB977
MurielB977
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Great trip!
We went on the 2 hour trip, weather was good and we saw lots of spotted dolphins and pilot whales - some very close
James8896
James8896
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Disappointing
Very disappointing trip. We didn’t see anything, no dolphins no whales no turtles nothing! Just sat on the boat for
andy c
andy c
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Great boat trip and dolphins!
We did the morning trip on the catamaran. The sea wasn’t ideal for spotting marine wildlife, but our crew did find
1981TomMod
1981TomMod
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Amazing
It was a really nice experience seeing different types of dolphins and pilot whales. Sara was very informative rega
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timrH8268JE
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Fabulous afternoon whale watching
Had a fantastic afternoon whale and dolphin spotting. The crew are superb and super knowledgeable. We were lucky to
sarahbooling
sarahbooling
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So many dolphins
Amazing trip highlight of our holiday! We’d been out around half an hour when the crew caught sight of dolphins ahe
cazzig
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The best way to see dolphins and whales in Maderia
Great company, booking was simply, reasonably priced and no pressure to book. Outside the booking huts are boards w
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Magic Dolphin Sea Safari by speedboat
Absolutely brilliant morning. Saw 2 species of dolphins, and 2 species of whales. They swam up very close to the bo
toothman64
toothman64
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Fantastic whalewatching
We took a trip on a RIB with the very enthusiastic and knowledgable Josephine. we were lucky enough to see spotted
Raqueell_s2
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Perfect
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, pleasant ride and great service. The captain and the biologist who accompany us a
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