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VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Funchal’s waters are home to whales and dolphins—and this luxurious catamaran tour offers the best way to spot them. Head to Funchal’s marina and hop aboard your vessel, where you’ll enjoy Champagne, cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks like local bread and cheese. Indulge as you look out for whales and dolphins. Then, if you wish, enjoy a swimming and snorkeling break at Cabo Girao before returning to shore.
  • Enjoy a luxurious whale- and dolphin-spotting experience
  • Set sail aboard a modern, well-appointed catamaran
  • Champagne, cocktails, drinks, snacks, and desserts are provided
  • Stop for a swimming and snorkeling break at scenic Cabo Girao
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What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Blankets
  • Pick-ups

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • VipDolphins Catamaran Whale Watching
    Praça do Povo, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal

    Catamaran is located down the harbour of the New Marina of Funchal. Has a black sign on it "VipDolphins". The only one Power Catamaran of the harbor.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

This tour is great if you look for a boat tour in a non crowded boat as many others.
All in, the boat was well worth the cost per person, the dolphin viewing and swim were great.
They helped the kids feel comfortable and the snacks and drinks were included which was amazing
604 reviews
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Just perfect
Jayne_D, Jan 2023
This VIP experience is exceptional, beautiful catamaran, very clean, well maintained. Great staff, very informative and friendly. Lovely cocktails and fizz, great nibbles to feast on too
The area is so beautiful,...
Alina_G, Jan 2023
The area is so beautiful, worth visiting the costline. Our guide was nice but I expected her to share more info about the wildlife and local history... The food/drinks weren't amazing, just ok... I appreciated that they sent us photos via email after the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Crew was gentle, Well...
Simon_G, Nov 2022
Crew was gentle, Well behaved and shared lots of their experiences with the species. Showed us different types of dolphins
Alex_S, Nov 2022
A fantastic afternoon. The service was great and the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The sea conditions were perfect so we managed to see 3 sperm whales (which is quite rare) and a bunch of pilot whales. Highly recommend this!
The best experience ever
Kristine_M, Nov 2022
Highly recommend!!! Amazing experience with many different species. Very friendly and taking care team, explaining everything about animals we saw. The best service!
We would absolutely do it again!
Jahir_A, Nov 2022
The guides were knowledgeable, the ship was great, and we had an exceptional day with a big group of whales and another big group of dolphins.
VIP Dolphins says it it all!
Jonathan_C, Nov 2022
Fantastic catamaran, not to busy 17 people in total. The crew are fantastic we saw bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Open bar and snacks provided nothing is too much trouble. All care have great sense of humour- highly recommend!
Super magical experience with whales 🐳
Angela_A, Oct 2022
We had such a lovely time and saw so many whales 🐳 the crew was super lovely and awesome! I definitely recommend this trip.
Wonderful Experience!
Lisa_P, Oct 2022
This was a wonderful experience. We loved having only 17 total passengers including we 4! The staff was extremely attentive and we truly felt like VIPs! The boat was so well kept and we saw “common” dolphins that arrive in winter. They came right next to the boat and stayed nearby for a while. The sea was a beautiful blue and we went for a swim. Thank you to Anna and Margarite and our captain for making our experience very special.
We had a wonderful trip...
Daniel_D, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful trip with a friendly, informative crew! The boat was very comfortable and the crew very attentive to all passengers. Highly recommend this tour.
An amazing experience
Mecia_F, Oct 2022
It was amazing definitely booking it again seen a wale, went for a swim everything was just amazing and excellent customer service! Thank you for an amazing day!
bethdv69, Oct 2022
Loved our tour, the boat was super nice and clean, the snacks and drinks were good, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Loved swimming in the ocean!
Fantastic trip!
Adam_W, Oct 2022
Lovely catamaran and made us feel like royalty thanks to the amazing team: lots of drinks and nibbles. Major highlight was seeing the striped dolphins leaping and small group of bottle nose dolphins. feeling extremely privileged to witness them in their natural environment. if you want to see a dolphin please take up this trip and avoid the aquarium! Would recommend to anyone and definitely worth the money.
A great dolphin-watching experience on Madeira
Heiko_W, Sept 2022
The team of guides was really great and welcoming. During the whole trip, they were offering to us a great choice of snacks and beverages. We managed to see the short-finned pilot whales, which are actually dolphins :) These were mainly couples of females with their calves and several males. The guides were very knowledgeable of their biology and told us a lot of interesting facts about them. The whole experience was really great.
Anne_H, Sept 2022
What an amazing experience. We enjoyed this so much. Two of the staff were qualified marine biologists and were very informative. The whole tour was excellent. The numbers of passengers is limited so there were lots of space on the catamaran. Unlimited drinks (soft and alcoholic) and nibbles were provided. We did spot some whales which was great. Thoroughly recommended.
Excellent service. Staff...
joslyn_c, Sept 2022
Excellent service. Staff very personable. Small group. Lots of room. Fantastic. And we saw Pilot Whsles!
Brilliant experience
Richard_H, Sept 2022
Superb experience from start to finish. Luxurious catamaran, wasn’t over crowded like other trips to see the dolphins. The crew knew exactly where to locate the dolphins- absolutely fantastic to see creatures like this in the wild and whilst we weren’t lucky enough to see a whale, we saw turtles swimming and tuna fish jumping out of the water. Finished with a swim in the waters underneath Cabo Girao. Supplied with complimentary drinks and nibbles throughout. Superb!
A wonderful afternoon spent on the waters of Funchal!
Julie_F, Sept 2022
Great day, perfect weather, knowledgeable friendly staff, saw pilot whales, a very relaxing afternoon, would definitely recommend.
Great sea trip
Michael_S, Sept 2022
This was an excellent tour with a small number of people on board. We saw many dolphins close up and even a whale with her baby. The staff were excellent and informative. Drinks and snacks good too.
Remarkable dolphin catamaran
RogerSteinig, Aug 2022
Worth every cent. We saw dolphins, got nice explanation, could do jumping and snorkeling. Nice view of the iceland coastline. Stuff is incredible friendly and providing you everything, you could als for on the catamaran. Boat was clean and perfect for small children. We had no doubts, our little boy would be ignored and kicked away by the crowd. Just few people on board. They do all the pictures for you with a professional camera and send you within few days to your E-Mail address. Just lovely!


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