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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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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. 
  • 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
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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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TravellerDWM wrote a review Mar 2020
London363 contributions101 helpful votes
Nice cruise on catamaran. Helpful crew. About to give up all hope of seeing dolphins and, as we were heading back to marina, spotted a whole school of common dolphins which was very exciting. Would have taken the speed boat for greater chance of seeing wildlife, but they were
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Daniel, Many thanks for your feed back. Although we use wild life spotters for our trips, sometimes is not easy to find them. Catamaran being a slower vessel it is harder to rich out to the wild life on time. Hopefully, you be back and next time you can try the Sea Safaris with higher chance of spotting several different groups of wild life. Best regards Umut
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174pascala wrote a review Mar 2020
Ferndown, United Kingdom15 contributions41 helpful votes
The catamarant was little roundown, unfriendly crew who knew very well that we will not be seeing any dolphins or whales at this time of year... Just saw a couple of seagles and few crabs, and this was on the pontoon before setting sails...
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feed back. The crew would not know in advance that we will have a good sighting or not. This is a wild life. How ever we have no season for the wild life on Madeira. We can see wild life all year round. In fact this year we had one of the best sightings year ever. I would say you have been little unlucky. We hope that you join us again and have a better experience of finding the dolphins and whales. Regards Umut
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Andy B wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Rude and frankly cruel staff. Laughed at us when we missed the boat after turning up 10 minutes late. There is hardly any parking available nearby so you need to leave yourself an extra hour to find parking and walk the considerable distance to the marina. None of this was made
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feed back. Funchal is the Capital city of Madeira. As in any capitals it is difficult to park in the city center. We provide an experience for Dolphin and whale watching We are not an info center. How ever if the guest asked a help for direction we help in the best way we can. We deal with lots of guest each day and we do not have any other people blaming us coz they could not park in the city center. It is a conman sense that you arrive to your departure before not after 15min. Our personnel has given you direction on the phone and also asked you to arrive at least 20min prior to the departure. We even have a written confirmation. But some how half of your friends arrived 15min later then departure. We have kept the boat waiting for your friends 13min. Even then they were not in a hurry to get t the boat. They even said this is a private charter we should wait. Please do not blame our organization for your faulty arraignments. We have a schedule and responsibility to all our guest we must respect. I can understand your anger coz you missed the trip but there was nothing we could do from our side we had to depart after waiting 13 min. Best regards Umut
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Vera B wrote a review Mar 2020
Funchal, Portugal16 contributions2 helpful votes
We left the marina at 1pm and for more than 1h we were trying to see the dolphins... and then the guide told us look left!!! and there they were, 8 dolphins playing around our catamaran. We kept going after the 10 min (Portuguese law for the safety of the animals) and after
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Date of experience: February 2020
Lynette A wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, United Kingdom27 contributions17 helpful votes
We were so glad we did this trip. We saw both common dolphins and bottle nose dolphins as well as a small loggerhead turtle! The dolphins were swimming around the catamaran and also underneath it which made for spectacular views of them. The crew were brilliant - really
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris
Phyllis S
Amazing Crew & Trip !!!
Well where to begin, the day was picture perfect. 3 of us arrived to board the boat and we were told that they nee
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Cruel staff mocked us for missing the boat - completely uncalled for
We arrived bang on time for when the boat was due to depart and kindly asked the staff if they could wait for the r
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Fantastic 2 hours
Well thank you to the whole team at Magic Dolphin. We had a fabulous 2hrs out on the water, with knowledgable train
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Lovely afternoon with nature.
We did a dolphin and whale watching trip today and it was great. We saw bottle nose dolphins and pilot whales. Isab
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tristram h
Friendly, caring staff
From the start this company ensured that we were looked after. Maria in the office and the three crew were friendly
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A highlight to do in Madeira
Great trip highly recommended! The Crew was amazing, friendly and motivated about what they were doing, respecting
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Amazing staff!
Me and my wife were both having really bad seasickness a d were basically unable to look after our 18 months old bo
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An unforgettable and magical experience!
An unforgettable and magical experience!!! Whales and dolphins so close to our boat! A very nice catamaran-trip
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Great half day trip.
Amazing afternoon spent on the Catermaran Dolphin spotting. Great ctew including a very knowledgable Marine Biologi
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Fabulous - worth every euro
Took the powerboat trip on Sunday. Fabulous. We saw a number of pods of dolphins both common and spotted . On the s
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Customer haters
Horrible staff, was made to feel pretty unwelcome on the boat because we arrived late. Ruined the entire experience
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Nice views of Madeira from water and enthusiastic guide!
Took a 2hour trip on a powerboat. The guide had impressive knowledge and was very nice. We saw several spieces and
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Excellent sea safari!
Perfect 2hours on a powerboat speeding the coast. The crew on board was extremely nice and enthusiastic, Josephine
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Another lovely trip on the sea
This was our 3rd trip on the Magic Dolphin and the bets yet! As always the catamaran is clean & well equipped; the
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Good fun and sealife bonus
Really good experience on rib boat. Up close to pilot whales and dolphins and a fleeting glimpse of a turtle. Worth
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