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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, PortugalMarina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
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    Cabo Girao
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    VMT Madeira
    Stop: 3 hours -
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You'll end at
9000-053 Funchal, PortugalMarina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
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  • 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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Popular mentions
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
Beverley W wrote a review Feb 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions
Had a great afternoon and saw bottlenose dolphins and a fin whale. I would recommend as a great afternoon out and the crew worked hard to make sure we saw as much as possible.
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Date of experience: February 2020
akerbeltzalba wrote a review Feb 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom75 contributions28 helpful votes
Didn't like the look of those speedboat whale tours, especially since it was February so went with the internet recommendation of doing a slightly more leisurely catamaran trip and had a great time, we saw two types of dolphin (bottlenose and common), loggerhead turtles (one
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Date of experience: February 2020
Jiri S wrote a review Feb 2020
Prague, Czech Republic35 contributions2 helpful votes
The trip was perfect - from the early commun ication till the anchoring. As we were trvelling with 2 babies and stroller we were comparing all the whalewatching possibilities. VMT was perfect right form the first email communication - they answered quickly with all the necessery
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Date of experience: February 2020
Andy C wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions3 helpful votes
We weren't so much disappointed that we didn't see any wildlife, as we were offered a repeat trip. However, we were disappointed that there was no input at all from the crew on our three-hour sea trip. I would have expected the marine biologists to be occasionally sharing
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Date of experience: January 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

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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