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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran provided by Magic Dolphin Sea Safaris

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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 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The sea is indisputably the best place from which to observe Cabo Girao, some of the world's tallest sea cliffs. Bag yourself the best views on this whale-watching cruise from Funchal, perfect for nature lovers. On a catamaran, find a seat on the deck and enjoy the scenery while scanning the horizon for dolphins and whales. Plus, a range of departure times allows this tour to slot seamlessly into your itinerary. 
Highlights
  • A stress-free chance to observe Madeira's wildlife and landscape 
  • Search for dolphins and whales with the guidance of the crew 
  • Take in the scenery of Madeira from the best vantage point—the water
  • Snorkel gear for exploring the surrounding waters is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Funchal Marina to catch your departing catamaran. Climb on board and meet your captain and crew, who take care of all of the navigation while you enjoy the scenery and search for marine life. Explore the spacious boat, with seating inside the cabin or on the sun deck. As you pull out of the marina, begin your search for local dolphins and whales, with the guidance and information provided by your crew. You have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the dolphins' and whales' biology and behavior. Head for Cabo Girão, one of the world's tallest seaside cliffs, standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) high. The boat moors in the cliff's shadow, and you can choose to stay on deck and take in the scenery or jump in and explore underwater. You can travel light on this tour, knowing that snorkel equipment is provided. Snorkelers, beginners and experts, will feel comfortable with the instruction and guidance of the crew. Cruise back to Funchal along the coastline, allowing for excellent views and photo ops.
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Departure Point
Magic Dolphin, Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • 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 35 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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Christina Schulz wrote a review Jul 2020
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It was a so spacial trip! We already after like 10 min. saw the first Bottlenose Dolphins.. a bit later we saw some Spotted Dolphins! It was one of the best experience I have ever made! The crew was very polite and also gave us interesting informations about the Dolphins. I
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking your time to give us a feed back. We have been lucky to see some many wild life since we started operating again. We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard. Regards Umut
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John B wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a wonderful trip! We had originally hoped to go on the Sea Safari Tour that Magic Dolphin offers, but understandably as tourism is only just starting up again on Madeira there weren't enough bookings to make this viable - however Umut reached out to us directly and
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear John, Much appreciate your generous comments. I am glad tour have enjoyed the tip. Hopefully tourism will recover soon so we can get back to our normal. We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard hopefully on the Sea Safaris. Best regards Umut
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Romy S wrote a review Jul 2020
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Quite disappointing unfortunately. We did not see any dolphins, whales or turtles. We understand that they are wild animals so not seeing them would not have been a problem. However, we were quite disappointed with how the situation was handled. After there were no fish spotted,
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Romy, I do understand your disappointment for not seeing the wild life, but as I explained that can happen coz we are dealing with the wild animals. In regard to snorkeling equipment we have them available onboard but as preconception due to the covid 19 we do not hand them over. Below this message I copied and pasted our correspondence right after the trip. I have actually offered you a free trip but unfortunately you were flying back!! As a matter effect our offer is still valid if you return to Madeira in the future. We are always concern about our clients and to our best ability we do our very best to make them happy. "Dear Umut, we just finished the boat tour but were quite disappointing unfortunately. We did not see any dolphins, whales or turtles. We understand that they are wild animals so not seeing them would not have been a problem. However, we were quite disappointed with how the situation was handled. After there were no fish spotted, we were excited to go swimming and snorkeling, which was also advertised on the website. But there was no snorkeling equipment on board so this was also not possible. Afterwards, there was no offer to do the trip again since we did not see the fish. They did mention that we might get a good deal to go again, so we were thinking of going again the day after before we left (it was advertised that they are open 7 days a week), but they told us that they are not open on sunday. Overall, we experienced this trip as quite a waste of our time and money, not because we did not see the fish, but because the situation could have been handled better (have the snorkling equipment that you advertise, offer a deal to go again). We understand that covid makes the business different, but then mention this on the website as well and dont say things on the website that you cannot offer. Message from Umut Umut4:06 PM Dear Romy Sorry to hear you have not seen anything. But sometimes happens. Snorkeling equipment we have available onboard but due to Crovid 19 we are not putting them out just as a precautions. At the moment we only work the days are booked in advance coz still tourism is fully open and hardly any flights coming in. But if you like to go again you are more then welcome. We have Monday at 9.30am and 12h trips booked. We will not charge anything. Please let me know if you like to come al8ng on Monday. Best regards Umut Message from Romy Romy4:09 PM Thank you for your reaction. However, our flight is monday morning so this will not be possible. We understand that some things are not possible with covid but it would have been nice to know this in advance on the website or airbnb, there was nothing mentioned of this on the website or airbnb booking. Is there no other tour available for us tomorrow? Message from Umut Umut4:51 PM Dear Romy I m really sorry you didn't see anything. If you ever return our offer is valid for you. As it's to quite we close on Sunday until the 20th July. I belive flights starting then."
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TravellerDWM wrote a review Mar 2020
London364 contributions102 helpful votes
Nice cruise on catamaran. Helpful crew. About to give up all hope of seeing dolphins and, as we were heading back to marina, spotted a whole school of common dolphins which was very exciting. Would have taken the speed boat for greater chance of seeing wildlife, but they were
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 21 Jun 2020
Dear Daniel, Many thanks for your feed back. Although we use wild life spotters for our trips, sometimes is not easy to find them. Catamaran being a slower vessel it is harder to rich out to the wild life on time. Hopefully, you be back and next time you can try the Sea Safaris with higher chance of spotting several different groups of wild life. Best regards Umut
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174pascala wrote a review Mar 2020
Ferndown, United Kingdom15 contributions41 helpful votes
The catamarant was little roundown, unfriendly crew who knew very well that we will not be seeing any dolphins or whales at this time of year... Just saw a couple of seagles and few crabs, and this was on the pontoon before setting sails...
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from magic dolphin d, Owner at Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feed back. The crew would not know in advance that we will have a good sighting or not. This is a wild life. How ever we have no season for the wild life on Madeira. We can see wild life all year round. In fact this year we had one of the best sightings year ever. I would say you have been little unlucky. We hope that you join us again and have a better experience of finding the dolphins and whales. Regards Umut
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LauraMeneses
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Amazing Sea Safari
Amazing trip in the sea safari! We saw twp whales and hundreds of dolphins, it was amazing :). Definitely the best
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630paulom
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Just amazing!!!! Must do! Choose this one and you won't regret
The boat is very good and the staff incredible but the best was in fact the sea life.... we saw crowds of dolphins.
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Phyllis S
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Amazing Crew & Trip !!!
Well where to begin, the day was picture perfect. 3 of us arrived to board the boat and we were told that they nee
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709mitraw
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Cruel staff mocked us for missing the boat - completely uncalled for
We arrived bang on time for when the boat was due to depart and kindly asked the staff if they could wait for the r
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Q4155IKmichaelb
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Fantastic 2 hours
Well thank you to the whole team at Magic Dolphin. We had a fabulous 2hrs out on the water, with knowledgable train
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HowardB468
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Lovely afternoon with nature.
We did a dolphin and whale watching trip today and it was great. We saw bottle nose dolphins and pilot whales. Isab
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tristram h
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Friendly, caring staff
From the start this company ensured that we were looked after. Maria in the office and the three crew were friendly
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729simond
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A highlight to do in Madeira
Great trip highly recommended! The Crew was amazing, friendly and motivated about what they were doing, respecting
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kalinyor
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Amazing staff!
Me and my wife were both having really bad seasickness a d were basically unable to look after our 18 months old bo
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Theodora1975
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An unforgettable and magical experience!
An unforgettable and magical experience!!! Whales and dolphins so close to our boat! A very nice catamaran-trip
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Getaway32294133708
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Great half day trip.
Amazing afternoon spent on the Catermaran Dolphin spotting. Great ctew including a very knowledgable Marine Biologi
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366mandym
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Fabulous - worth every euro
Took the powerboat trip on Sunday. Fabulous. We saw a number of pods of dolphins both common and spotted . On the s
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jac1999
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Customer haters
Horrible staff, was made to feel pretty unwelcome on the boat because we arrived late. Ruined the entire experience
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Jofswed
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Nice views of Madeira from water and enthusiastic guide!
Took a 2hour trip on a powerboat. The guide had impressive knowledge and was very nice. We saw several spieces and
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maiulik
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Excellent sea safari!
Perfect 2hours on a powerboat speeding the coast. The crew on board was extremely nice and enthusiastic, Josephine
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