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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal provided by VMT Madeira

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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Hit the waters near Cabo Girão in search of dolphins and whales on a hassle-free tour from Funchal, which guarantees a wildlife sighting or offers a free second tour. Book ahead online to guarantee your day and time for this tour, and maintain peace of mind knowing your plans are locked in safely.
  • You'll start at
    9000-053 Funchal, Portugal
    Marina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
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  • 1
    Cabo Girao
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    VMT Madeira
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • You'll end at
    9000-053 Funchal, Portugal
    Marina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
    See address & details
  • Cruise in a comfortable catamaran on this dolphin- and whale-watching tour 
  • Your guide knows the best areas to spot marine life
  • Learn fun facts about the dolphins and whales from a guide
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot in Funchal for your convenience 
  • Multiple tour times offered to best suit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet for this dolphin- and whale-watching tour at Funchal Marina. Once you check in and board the board, sit back and relax as you listen to a short safety briefing from the crew members. Once out on the water, your guides do their best to take you to areas that are known for their marine-life sightings. Wait and try to catch sight of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. If you don't spot wildlife on this tour, you can repeat the experience free of charge.  As you cruise, your guides tell you interesting facts about the area. Learn things you wouldn’t otherwise know, and hear stories about the dolphins and whales. If the weather is nice, you can take a dip near Cabo Girão before your catamaran docks back at the Funchal Marina.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Marina, 9000-053 Funchal, Portugal
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional photographer on board
  • Friendly guide
  • 3-hour dolphin spotting and whale watching tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • We always recommend to bring: Sunscreen and windbreaker. For the summer months you could add a towel and bathing suit.
  • In the event you did not see any cetaceans, you will be offered the same trip again on an alternative occasion (valid for 1 year)
  • Swimming is subject to favorable weather and sea conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Simon M wrote a review 24 Oct
Aberdeen, United Kingdom27 contributions25 helpful votes
My family did a dolphin watching catamaran trip with VMT in October 2020 and can't rate them highly enough. The catamaran was not too crowded so social distancing can be observed (some people, unfortunately, don't know how to do that). We saw 3 large groups of spotted dolphins
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Date of experience: October 2020
Samantha R wrote a review Sep 2020
Chipping Norton, United Kingdom39 contributions10 helpful votes
Fabulous morning out. Beautiful blue seas (calm), lovely sailing, very knowledgeable crew. We saw whales, turtles, loads of dolphins (they loved to show off!). Very impressed by the marine conservation (watching times restricted), collecting a piece of rope and a floating
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Ben K wrote a review Sep 2020
6 contributions
Excellent value for money! We enjoyed this trip so much that we immediately booked a repeat trip for the next morning. Setting sail from Funchal we saw spotted dolphins within half an hour on our first trip, and I was amazed by how close and how playful they were, interacting
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Date of experience: September 2020
hannah a wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing trip with my partner and his family today! Unfortunately we did not get to stop and swim but this was made up by seeing all the sea life today! The crew made extra efforts to go out further than normal just so we could see the sea life! We saw bottle nose dolphins,
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Jeremy W wrote a review Mar 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a superb trip on the catamaran, very welcoming and informative welcome team and crew, and we were fortunate to see a large school of dolphins which stayed with us for about ten minutes. I'm sure we were better off on the catamaran than in the rib tours, as much better
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Date of experience: March 2020
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By: VMT Madeira
It is in the very nature of fishing that somedays one will be luckier than others with the catch. Having said that,
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Brilliant company and tour
Everything about this trip was fantastic. Booking was easy and communication was excellent. We had trouble getting
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Deep sea fishing and dolphin watching on catarmaran
Sadly we paid over 400€ for 2 trips - the first one was whale and dolphin watching at the start of the week. Sadly
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herman v
sun, sea and jumping dolphins
On a rather windy afternoon we did the whale watching tour. The crew is very nice and helpful, my wife uses a wheel
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My family rented this boat for a family party to celebrate there wedding anniversary we were so lucky to see sperms
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40th Wedding Anniversary Party on Board Catamaran ..
One Word for this team " Fantastic" .. have been on this Catamaran twice before we booked it for our 40th .. & so p
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Great last night on Madeira!
We went on Sunday night and the boat wasn't at all crowded. The staff and crew were wonderful, very professional. T
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Awesome trip
I chose this trip with the catamaran at the recommendation of a friend, so I booked before arriving in Madeira this
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We really recommend
Don’t be put off if it’s a cloudy day! We still got to see great views of the island and an amazing sunset. We didn
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Helen T
A lovely way to see Funchal from the waves
Don't underestimate the beauty of 3 hours on the ocean, looking out at crystal blue sky and waves. The boat is a co
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Unwind on the water...
What a great way to spend 3 hours into sunset time! Modern CAT with professional crew on board....a small bar and
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What a way to spend a Friday evening
Bought as a ‘thank you’ to my brother and sister-in-law who hadn’t been on a sunset cruise before. Was a wonderful
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Great experience - amazing staff
We made a trip with the katamaran and saw sea turtles and lots and lots of dolphins. But the biggest adventure fo
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Highly recommend!!
Was the most beautiful way to watch the fireworks!! The included drinks were a plus! We sat up front on the ropes,
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Derek P
Watching the Dophins
On Sunday 16th June we went out on the Catamaran to view the Dolphins in their natural environment. At all times th
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Portuguese
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