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Lovely trip on a smaller and therefore more intimate yacht to see cetaceans.

We deliberately chose this smaller yacht, a 44 foot Nauticat, against the touristy catamarans and... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
mha404
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Amazing experience.

We was very lucky in that we was 2 of only 6 people on board 2 of which were the crew. We saw a... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
Lee E
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A relaxing trip in search for dolphins , whales and turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. Stop for swim , snorkeling at Cabo Girao , the highest sea cliff in Europe at 1903 feet above the sea. Expedition trip to Desertas Islands , currently a...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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| Marina do Funchal, Madeira 9000-055, Portugal
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We was very lucky in that we was 2 of only 6 people on board 2 of which were the crew. We saw a large pod of common dolphins that swam along with the boat. The 2 crewmen were both extremely friendly and told us...More

Thank Lee E
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Apologises but the names of the skipper and crewman escape me. They went above and beyond by finding dolphins close to the coast on our short cruise. They only take 20 people so for those who want peace and quiet and crew who have great...More

Thank 80greaves
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Went to Funchal Port looking for a boat trip. On arrival you get loads or reps trying to sell you tours. The reason we picked this one was the woman standing outside the office was not pushy like most to sell you a ticket. She...More

Thank MJP1983UK
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Friendly, helpful crew. With only seven people on the trip there was plenty of room, beanbags to lounge on at the front of the boat made it even more special. A couple of passengers had a short swim while the rest of us enjoyed a...More

Thank Jackie P
Micas F, Front Office Manager at Gaviao Madeira, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very glad you enjoyed your trip so much. We hope to see you again. Thank you.

Reviewed 26 October 2017

My two young sons, ages 10 and 12, completed a Padi Diving Experience with the owners of the Gaviao sailing boat....they were fantastic. Based at the Royal Savoy Hotel they gave a safe and thorough 3 hour introduction to scuba diving with both boys -...More

Thank ruppeerola
Micas F, Front Office Manager at Gaviao Madeira, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to dive and sail with you again. Regards from our team.

Reviewed 6 October 2017

We booked the attraction at the recommendations of some friends and we loved it. We were only 7 people on the boat and 2 crew members. The weather was amazing, we had the chance to see a whale and lots of dolphins that were swimming...More

Thank Ancuta P
Micas F, Front Office Manager at Gaviao Madeira, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi there! Thank so much for your review. Its been a pleasure sailing with you all. We hope we can do it again sometime. Regards from Team Gavião!

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Pleasant captain and counterpart. We were the only two on the voyage which turned out to be quite rough sea. No problem with that but at no point were we given a safety briefing or offered life jackets. The two crew weren't wearing safety jackets...More

Thank MintyBramble
Micas F, Front Office Manager at Gaviao Madeira, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi, We appreciate your righteousness. We are very sorry about your experience. On that particular day our crew went out after deciding that it was safe to go for our dolphin and whale watching trip, we always cary safety jackets for everyone on board. If...More

Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent, serene experience. Compared to the crowded catamarans this was a quiet affair to rest your mind after the tourist crowds of Funchal.

Thank Wo K
Micas F, Front Office Manager at Gaviao Madeira, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Hi, Thank so much for your review!

Reviewed 15 August 2017

It was a day at sea, on board the Gavião, which is worth for the sea ride, the visit to the island (natural reserve), the cave and the sea bath. But what makes it special is the Gavião's crew. They are exceptional and never stop...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2017

We deliberately chose this smaller yacht, a 44 foot Nauticat, against the touristy catamarans and god forbid galleon. There were only 7 adults and 1 toddler on board in addition to the two crew. They found common dolphin and bottle nosed dolphin for us ,...More

Thank mha404
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