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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

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Estreito da Calheta, Portugal
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Magnificent views of Madeira from the water
  • Swim, snorkel, and spot marine life along the coast
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
  • Small group with a maximum of 8 people
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Light refreshments (water, fruit juice, soft drinks, beer)
Snorkel equipment (masks, fins and tubes)
Hair and body towels
Blankets
Shower after swimming time
Toilet
Cabin
Bottled water
Transportation to/from attractions. We can organize hotel transfers upon request. There might be an extra charge for this service, depending on the location of your hotel.

Departure Point

Loja 42 Porto Recreio da Calheta, Av. D. Manuel I, 9370-135 Estreito da Calheta, Portugal

Search for the On Tales Store on the Marina. Our Guides will greet you and guide you to our boat, Miranda.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be sent before the tour or 48 hours after booking:
  • Subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions (if canceled due weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund)
  • Family friendly
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY On Tales Lda
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira.

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Big scam provided by a nice crew.
Pederlund_N
, Nov 2020
Let me start with the positive, friendly staff and crew on board that’s trying to make a living in these difficult times. But the whole concept from start to end is a hoax. Viator is just a greedy provider exploiting small tour companies. We booked the whale tour🤣🤣and couldn’t get information about time because.... ohhh the weather? Wells the weather happened to be the same all day at sea, from early morning to dusk. A gentle breeze or even less than that... 2-3 second meter wind. Anyway was the morning 10 am trip not available because of weather conditions 🤔 No the truth is that it was most likely sold out already but Viator want YOU in the net so to speak. So they sell a tour and later get the availability confirmed by the operator that probably then said... we only have the 16 o’clock tour, 10 and 13 o’clock are full already. So they pull the weather card excuse in nice cooperation with On Tales that backs the story. Which I already explained impossible could be the reason, actually it was in fact even better in midday than evening no matter what source you checked with. I hate greedy providers like Agoda Hotels.com and in this case Viator that snaps 30-50% of the price that the local operator or hotel could have had. But to makes things worse, then the tour was relatively quickly renamed to SUNSET tour 😂 and of course whales and dolphins are animals which you can not rely on, which was mentioned again and again. So no big surprise that we didn’t encounter just one small tail of anything that could be called a whale dolphin or just fish. I think they haven’t seen a whale in 2 years ? They simply don’t go out far enough to be able to spot anything. Don’t buy this trip because it’s just a 2 1/2 hour ride along the otherwise beautiful coastline and for that then it’s definitely overpriced. But yet again, staff was kind and informative but that doesn’t help the picture of a scam.
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star-5
Best Dolphin-Watching Tour! Best Crew!
Mareike_Lem
, Aug 2020
We were so impressed by this tour that we decided to book it one again. So we did 2 Tours in our holiday and it was absolutely worthit. The whole crew is so lovely and we felt super comfortable. We were allowed to sit in front of the boat - it felt like we had a private tour to the dolphins. The crew love that they are doing and everything is so authentic! They took care of us and all the COVID rules. On the way back we had the chance to swim in the sea and also were allowed to drive the boat - it was amazing! Thank you so much on tales! We will never forget the two tours and will definitely come back in our next holiday ❤️
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Mareike, we cannot thank you enough for choosing and trusting us ... Twice ! The pleasure was all ours and we would love to meet you again on your next visit to Madeira island.
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star-5
Pure Magic
Alexander_R
, Aug 2020
It was so good....We did it twice in 3 days! We was so impressed by the Crew and our first trip @16:30 pm. We decided to book another trip @10 am two days later. Two totally different experiences but both of them were so special!!! Emanuel the Captain and Thiago the biologists took us 6 on a magic trip and it felt like a private tour. Both times we did see dolphins - calmly swimming by our boat. It was so quiet and peaceful. Thank you guys for all the effort and love you shared with us. We will be back for a 100 %!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Alexander, Yes indeed each one of our cruise can be different because wildlife is so amazing and peaceful. Having you on-board was a pleasure. Great guests make great memories !
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