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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

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Sail along the coast of the island of Madeira to Cabo Girão, one of Europe's tallest sea cliffs, on this romantic, 2,5-hour to 3-hour tour on a luxury catamaran. Search for whales and dolphins as you relax on one of the outdoor sunbeds, then explore the sea life below with your complimentary goggles and mask. Numbers are limited to 18 couples per cruise. 
  • 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'll 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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Departure Point
Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • 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
  • 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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All reviews pilot whales three hours large pod of dolphins staff were brilliant crew worked hard hour cruise great trip sea trip wild animals atlantic ocean under cover helpful crew spot dolphins last saturday sea life saw dolphins ten minutes
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We made this trip on a sunny day. They promised us a 80 % chance to see whales. No single whale appeared. No problem, it was an interesting trip. The title "whale-watching" is only to find customers. But at all, it was an interesting tour,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Acorius
magic dolphin d, Owner at Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the positive feed back. It is nice to see that you have enjoyed the trip even without spotting the whales. The chance of seeing dolphins are 80% yes but for the whale more like 40% to 50% Madeira has a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This three hour trip took us being the two docked cruise ships and out into the open Atlantic Ocean. The catamaran was spacious and we were not packed like sardines. The crew were very knowledgeable and passionate about seeing animals in their natural environment. We...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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magic dolphin d, Owner at Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, Many thanks for giving your positive feed back. Very much appreciated. We are very happy to see our guests enjoy the trip and have a good experience with us. We hope to see you again in the near future. Best regards Umut

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great trip with Magic Dolphin to see the Dolphins and Pilot Whales around Madeira. They guarantee sitings and we we very lucky to see a couple of pods of dolphins and pilot whales whilst on the catamaran. They have a marine biologist...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not at all crowded, bar on board if you wanted a drink and We saw loads of dolphins and two sperm whales, brilliant trip!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn’t have been more pleased, exceeded our expectations. A little hard to find, could use a sign at the upper walkway level.

Date of experience: September 2019
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magic dolphin d, Owner at Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Many thanks for sharing your positive review with us. I am glad you have enjoyed the trip. We hope to welcome you again aboard in the future. Regards Umut

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28 May 2019|
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Response from PhilJG1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry got confused. Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris does go from Funchal Marina next to the cruise port. Check out their web site.
20 March 2019|
Response from Ann C | Reviewed this property |
Some of the companies offer refunds but you have to understand the ocean is a BIG place and whales/dolphins do not appear on request. Good luck xx
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  • Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
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