Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours in Madeira

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The waters around this Portuguese archipelago are deep and nutrient rich, making them well-suited to a wide range of marine mammals. More than 20 different whale species, from pilot and sperm whales to humpbacks, are known to frequent these shores. Here’s everything you need to know about whale-watching tours in Madeira. 

When to Go
There are always bottlenose dolphins and at least a couple of whale species swimming in the waters around Madeira, and boats go out year-round. The best time to go, however, is between May and September, when whales and dolphins are most plentiful. 

What You’ll See
Several species, including bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, and sperm whales, can be seen throughout the year. From April to October, Bryde’s whales are common, as are Atlantic spotted dolphins. Fin whales, sei whales, minke whales, and Risso’s dolphins also visit Madeira in summer. Humpbacks, blue whales, and killer whales aren’t common, but are known to occasionally wade into this region. 

How to Go
There are several options when it comes to whale-watching tours in Madeira, and most follow a route along Madeira’s south coast. You can go as part of a catamaran or yacht pleasure cruise and lounge on the deck while scanning the waters for marine life. Most pleasure cruises also include swimming and snorkeling breaks. 

Alternatively, opt for a RIB boat tour led by a marine biologist. The high-speed boats can go a lot farther to find whales and dolphins, and tours afford eye-level views of cetaceans. 
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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

Bask in the sun and sea of Cabo Girão, one of the world’s tallest oceanside cliffs, on this romantic 3-hour luxury catamaran excursion departing from the Funchal Marina. After boarding, find a nice spot on the deck for spotting whales and dolphins, and then strap on your complimentary goggles and mask while you look for sea life beneath the surface.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Private Tour in Madeira

A Madeira whale-watching tour by private motor yacht gives your party a front-row view without the crowds. Embark aboard ‘Miranda’ and let your skipper search the open seas for marine life including dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. You’ll have a luxurious time with this privately chartered boat equipped with refreshments, sparkling wine, snorkel gear, and shower.
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 4 hrs
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal

Embark on an ocean adventure during this 3-hour dolphin spotting and whale watching tour, from Funchal. Board your stylish catamaran and kick back as you cruise alongside Madeira’s south coast. Your friendly crew knows these waters well and will guide you to the areas where whales and dolphins are most often seen, for your best chance at spotting marine life in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable and the sea conditions are good, take a dip in the waters of the Cabo Girão, or try your hand at some basic sailing techniques.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Whale and Dolphin Watching or Swim with Dolphins in Madeira

Go whale and dolphin watching, including an opportunity to swim with dolphins, during this unique experience from Madeira. Board a boat with your experienced captain and crew, then set out for the open seas to search for these friendly marine mammals. Learn about these fascinating creatures through your crew's informative commentary. If you come upon a pod of dolphins and the crew determines the conditions are favorable, slip into the water and swim along with them. Use of snorkel equipment is included.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour from Funchal

The deep waters off Madeira Island are home to a dazzling array of marine life, with dolphins and whales sharing the waves with birds, turtles, and more. On this wildlife-spotting adventure, take to the seas for up-close sightings of the native Bottlenose Dolphins, Sperm Whales, Spotted Dolphins, and Pilot Whales who call Madeira home. Enjoy free time to snorkel at your leisure—depending on the season—with a second trip guaranteed if you make no sightings.
  • Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

The south coast of Madeira is a popular spot to watch whales and dolphins in their natural environment. This small-group yacht cruise offers a more personalized experience, with a chance to customize the tour to your group’s preferences, stopping to swim or snorkel along the coast, and looking out for bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, and Bryde's whales.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cabo Girão Skywalk, Wine Tasting, Open Roof 4WD with Dolphin Watching Tour

The most important vineyards in the island, located in São Vicente. Cabo Girão with the amazing glass floor balcony (589 mts). Discover the beauty of Madeira’s Sea on board of a catamaran and enjoy watching dolphin and whales.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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