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Lobosonda - Madeira Whalewatching
Ranked #3 of 21 Tours in Calheta
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Madeira island is a nice place to observe cetaceen (whales and dolphins) and we are able to go out all year long when the weather allows. Till now 28 species have been observed in our waters. Our mission is to provide clients with a special experience raising awareness and understanding of the entire marine biodiversity of Madeira region. Our trips start in Calheta, the harbour more in the southwest of Madeira. You can choose from two different vessels: "Ribeira Brava" our tradicional fishing boat or "Stenella" our "state of art" speedboat. If you want more information you can find our Info-Center in the Marina in Calheta or contact us by phone or email
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful afternoon tour on their traditional fishing boat. We were lucky enough to see a Sei Whale and a school of Bottlenose Dolphins. Amazing experience. Our guide Fatima was very knowledgeable conducting the tour in both English and German. They were very respectful to the animals allowing us to have a pleasant encounter with them without overstaying our welcome. Despite the good weather and sea conditions I was unlucky enough to be seasick and she was very kind ensuring I was ok and providing sickbags. We took our 19 month old son with us and we were provided with a life jacket for him. He loved seeing the Dolphins and enjoyed his time onboard the boat. Thank you for a wonderful experience and for looking after us so well.

2  Thank Natasha M
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"bottle nose dolphins"
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"marine biologist"
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"wild animals"
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"great trip"
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Highly professional company who give caring attitude to the marine wildlife....very friendly and knowledgeable.l cannot recommend them highly enough....we saw dolphins and jellyfish...no whales on our trip but it was a great experience Highly recommended

1  Thank Vironment
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We were asked to meet 20 minutes before setting off, to receive a safety talk, which was presented fully in both English and German, by Fatima our guide.

Fatima is one of those people you meet only very rarely in life. She clearly loves what she does, is bubbly, enthusiastic and full of information. I believe she enjoys every trip, possibly more than the customers.

As she tells you at the beginning you cannot plan what you see, they cannot guarantee anything, and if the animals wish to interact with you it should be seen as a gift from them. This is why there is no second free trip if you don't see anything.

Three days after our trip, we were able to watch the boat from our hotel balcony, with binoculars as the whales were close enough for us to see. I went down to the marina on the boats return, and Fatima took the time to tell me what we had seen that day, even though I was not part of that trip.

I would recommend this company to anyone, and on our next trip to Madeira, will gladly pay to go out with them again.

2  Thank trev0r1962
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We were here with our friends and our 16 months old daughter. Was an amazing experience to see all these dolphins swimming closely to the boat.

1  Thank Jonas A
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Our trip on the superfast and superfun Stenella in November was just perfect. Whale-watching was one of the reasons we came to Madeira. And we so loved it with Lobosonda - where you can absolutely sense that the team's first priority is protecting and caring for the animals. The guides are super competent and we learnt so much, we really enjoyed it. And we saw so many more dolphins and kinds of dolphins than we would every have expected. It was magical. I would recomment anytime to anyone! Even if you had so much bad luck as to not see any animal, I am sure, you will still enjoy the boat a lot! And have the good feeling you've gone with the right team!

Thank anneflohr81
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