If you only have a day to explore the beautiful, wild northwest of Madeira, then booking a guided tour is the best way to ensure a great experience. This shore excursion from Funchal takes you to natural highlights on an exciting 4x4 vehicle, including volcanic lava pools, cliffs, and waterfalls. Upgrade to include a 3-course meal with a drink and coffee.
Funchal shore excursion
See top natural attractions in just one day
Make the most of a day at the port with a fun, active outing
The guide, Juan, had excellent knowledge of flora and fauna. But his knowledge of English was bad. It was often difficult to understand him. Also there was no PA system on the bus, no microphone, so when we were driving it was difficult to hear what he was saying, especially when driving with the roof open and also off-road.
The vehicle used was totally unsuitable. It was an old Mitsubishi 8-seat van with 4WD. It had little (or no?) suspension, the seats were worn out, it was very uncomfortable. For over an hour we travelled on bumpy off-road tracks, badly shaken. Anyone who did not have a back pain before the tour ended up with one afterwards.
Lunch was good and reasonably priced (not included in the price) - the only good thing to say about this disappointing tour