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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira provided by On Tales

Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • 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
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This is a great pick for wildlife fans. Get more out of your time in Madeira by going on a whale and dolphin watching adventure near Madeira’s south coast. No need to worry about the trip being crowded—numbers are capped at eight passengers to ensure a more intimate experience. Look out for whales and dolphins as you travel, and get the chance to stop and go snorkeling too.
  • Enjoy a peaceful small-group boat tour to spot local marine life
  • Get top tips on places where whales and dolphins have been seen before
  • Stay fueled for the trip—light refreshments are included
  • Travel light—snorkeling equipment is provided on the boat
Important Information
Departure Point
Marina da Calheta, 9370-135 Lombo Do Doutor, Portugal
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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.
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Limited to 8 guests
  • Children under 3 - free of charge
  • Children from 3 to 12 - 50% discount
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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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Monk wrote a review 18 Oct
Stockholm, Sweden2 contributions
Tour by boat was very nice, staff very friendly. They sell whale and dolphins watching yours, and they prepare you from very beginning that you are not gonna see them. Only one company around which doesn’t run statistic. Rest of them have 90-100% success to see whales. Other
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Marco_van_Barneveld wrote a review 10 Oct
Madeira, Portugal5 contributions
What a perfect trip! The crew (Emanuel and Tiago) was amazing. They explained everything and told us lots about nature and the Island Madeira. The boat was clean (100% Covid-proof) and everything (towels, drinks, snorkelling gear, etc) was taken care of. It was all well
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from ComDirector_ontales, Director of Sales at Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Marco, Perfect guests make perfect memories ! Thank you for choosing and trusting our team for this quality time on the ocean, having both of you on-board our yacht was a pleasure. Spotted dolphins do surf in the waves created by our boat, fast swimmers, sometimes even acrobatic, they seem to enjoy showing off for our guests !
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Happyh0llyday wrote a review 9 Oct
Portsmouth, United Kingdom15 contributions9 helpful votes
What an amazing trip, the whole team go above and beyond to make your trip a special memory. Mayung in the office is so helpful, keeping two bookings free for us as we were not sure which we would be able to do. Bernardo is so polite and explained everything to us and assured
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from ComDirector_ontales, Director of Sales at Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you Sharon and Dave, having you on-board was a real pleasure. On Tales cruises are a complete experience indeed: Every minute of our 2.5 hour cruises solicits each one of your 5 senses. Thank you for choosing to spend your time on the ocean with our team !
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Wayne W wrote a review 5 Oct
2 contributions
Great experience. Emanuel (Captain) & Tiago (Marine Biologist) were so courteous and provided an abundance of knowledge about the marine life and local area. They guided us to a pod of Pilot Whales. Further to this the boat was immaculate and all COVID restrictions were fully
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from ComDirector_ontales, Director of Sales at Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you Wayne for so much kindness ! Indeed our team is very attached to meeting your expectations: a relaxing and pleasant 2.5 hour cruise. Your comfort and safety remain a priority while contemplating the magnificent creatures that visit Madeira Island and exploring their natural habitat in a sustainable way.
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GescheColonia wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
The crew went above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience for us. They advised us on everything regarding making the trip safe and enjoyable for our baby and us. From the booking to the aftermath including the pictures it was professional and thoughtful. The trip
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from ComDirector_ontales, Director of Sales at Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Gesche, Having your family on-board was a pleasure, sharing our amazing environment was a privilege. Even more so when our guests show a real interest and value our concern for the ocean and marine life, the way you did. We are truly glad to have met you and hope you will come back our way on your next visit to Madeira island.
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About the operator

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Paul and Linda special day in maderia
Wonderful experience professional crew great service Felt very safe We saw lots of dolphins some with babies 😅
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Great days looking at dolphins
We had a great trip with skipper Emmanuel and his assistant Tiago. We saw a school of dolphins and got a good look
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Geoff H
Close encounter with a Bryde Whale
My wife and I booked a private Whale Watching trip because we wished to minimise contact with people because of Cov
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Exceptional Day
We had the most wonderful trip with On Tails, my family and I were treated like royalty, nothing was too much troub
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Dolphin and whale watching
Our trip had to be postponed twice due to changing weather conditions and the people at On Tales were apologetic bu
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Great Experience
We had great experience with On Tales team. Initially we did not plan on whale/dolphins watching in Madeira, yet t
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Excellent dolphin watching tour, wonderful guides
Our family (3 adults plus our 2 young daughters) booked the private dolphin watching tour with OnTales, what a grea
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Fantastic trip
The best trip. Really well organised with spotters onshore so we went straight out to where the dolphins were. The
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Excellent dolphin experience
Excellent viewing of the dolphins followed by a very enjoyable swim in the sea and a tour down the coast. Very frie
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Highly recommend!
We had a wonderful afternoon with Thiago and Emmanuel who were great guides and made the trip very memorable. We sa
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Amazing trip
We decided to go on this trip not knowing what to expect the staff are professional knowledgable and nothing is too
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Excellent trip for the family
Excellent trip for the family - we did a private hire. Very nice team from the shop and initial call to being on th
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Amazing Experience
We are a three-member family, we went on a private sunset tour. We were warmly welcomed by the employee, they expla
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Amazing staff and great dolphin views
Amazing staff! I had a morning excursion where we were guided by the amazing and accommodating staff and crew who e
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Amazing!! Definitely recommend
We were a family of 5 adults and 2 toddlers and we had THE best day, we could have stayed on the boat all day. All
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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