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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal

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Embark on comfortable catamarans for a relaxing trip along Madeira's south coast. Get the chance to spot dolphins, whales and occasionally even turtles. If the winds are favorable, you will be able to travel under sail for an unforgettable experience! During the summer months, there is also the possibility to swim in the crystal clear waters below the Cabo Girão sea cliff if the weather and sea conditions are good.
  • Cruise in a comfortable catamaran on this dolphin- and whale-watching tour 
  • Your guide knows the best areas to spot marine life
  • Learn fun facts about the dolphins and whales from a guide
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot in Funchal for your convenience 
  • Multiple tour times offered to best suit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet for this dolphin- and whale-watching tour at the waiting quay of Funchal Marina. Once you check in and board the board, sit back and relax as you listen to a short safety briefing from the crew members. Once out on the water, your guides do their best to take you to areas that are known for their marine-life sightings. Wait and try to catch sight of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. If you don't spot wildlife on this tour, you can repeat the experience free of charge.  As you cruise, your guides tells you interesting facts about the area. Learn things you wouldn’t otherwise know, and hear stories about the dolphins and whales. If the weather is nice, you can take a dip near Cabo Girão before your catamaran docks back at the Funchal Marina.
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Departure Point
Waiting Quay of Funchal Marina
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional photographer on board
  • Friendly guide
  • 3-hour dolphin spotting and whale watching tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • We always recommend to bring: Sunscreen and windbreaker. For the summer months you could add a towel and bathing suit.
  • In the event you did not see any cetaceans, you will be offered the same trip again on an alternative occasion (valid for 1 year)
  • Swimming is subject to favorable weather and sea conditions
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The catamaran is well equipped and expertly crewed. The vessel itself has everything that you need on board, from an open air bar and snack area, to toilets and shaded seating. A part of the brief is beware of getting your mobile phones wet. This...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank kevcogan
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Dolphin and whale watching cruise with the VMT Madeira catamaran was comfortable, enjoyable and unforgettable. The VMT Madeira catamaran gave a strong feeling of safety throughout the journey. The captain and staff were all courteous and friendly and gave full confidence. They knew perfectly...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Aristo54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on an all day cruise for a wedding anniversary and what an experience. The crew were fantastic with everybody and were absolutely brilliant finding surprises for us to see. First we had the pleasure to be joined by dolphins which was breathtaking but it...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mpawson1990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome. Saw a sperm whale up close. Amazing. Crew were very knowledgeable and despite being very windy and therefore quite rough on return journey, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lairdygran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the trip with VMT in a catamaran, staff at the office and crew were very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw a school of dolphins quite quickly then headed West, no more dolphins and motored slowly, stopped for swim near the cliffs for those...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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5 August 2019|
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Response from Elizabeth W | Reviewed this property |
Hello, the trip I did whale watching on a catamaran began about 10.00am (ish) and we were back by late lunch time (ish), it wasn't 10 hrs duration. I don't think either of my kids would have been good company on this trip as... More
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12 July 2019|
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Response from Knockabout | Reviewed this property |
Personally, if you get sick, I wouldn't travel on it. I thought the sea was calm until we went further out and although the staff were fantasicly brilliant I was sick for two days after it - and it was my last two days in... More
27 April 2019|
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Response from Knockabout | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so.
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  • Duration: 3h
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