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VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips

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Address: Marina do Funchal, loja 9, Funchal, Madeira 9050-024, Portugal
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+351 963 796 860
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Madeira Catamaran, is one of the most popular boat trips on Madeira island...

Madeira Catamaran, is one of the most popular boat trips on Madeira island and have been operating since 2003, taking clients out to sea to watch dolphins, whales and turtles in their natural habitat.

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a great experience

the first thing i have to say is how professional and knowledgeable the crew were during my 3 hour catamaran trip and even though we didn't see any turtles we did see many... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the first thing i have to say is how professional and knowledgeable the crew were during my 3 hour catamaran trip and even though we didn't see any turtles we did see many dolphins,several pilot whales which some of them got very close to the catamaran and several sperm whales including one with her baby that made for a magical... More 

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funcha
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great day. Saw lots of Dolphins and Whales. Crew very friendly. A must for all visitors to Madeira Highly recommend

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The first trip to spot the dolphins turned out to be rather rough and no sightings. However the company offers a no sighting a free second trip which they honoured no problem. The second trip was completely different day with sightings of 3 different types of dolphins and a sea turtle what a magical day. Thank you VMT for organising... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 week ago

VMT was great. They gave us an extremely pleasant day. They found dolphins! The dolphins swam with the boat, in front of us, beside us, under us, showed off for us, kept us company, until the captain expressed his sorrow at needing to take us back to shore, as we had run out of time. No-one complained, as we were... More 

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good afternoon GothenburgLady, Wow! Thank you for your wonderful review!! We will certainly pass on this review to our crew who will be as delighted as we are to receive such positive comments! As you may have experienced, the crew are really happy and excited when they are able to find animals and enjoy sharing the experience with our guests.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience - lasted three hours with good commentary. on our trip we only saw dolphins - but lots of them - followed by an inshore return to Funchal

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good afternoon rogeandout, Thank you for your valued comments! Our crew are highly qualified and we have crew members that are registered Sea Guides and are able to give our guests accurate information about the cetacean species we may encounter as well as some interesting information about the island. The views from the sea are quite impressive! We hope to... More 

Katowice, Poland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for the spotting cruise on a catamaran and it was great! Professional service, great sightings, quick break for a swim in the ocean and taking care of the animals themselves (they moved away when other ships approached as not to disturb the dolphins). Definitely recommended!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Within an hour of leaving the shore we saw a pod of bottlenose dolphins and went on to see a further pod of them as well as a rare young sei whale. A second trip is offered for free in the event of no sightings but thankfully that wasn't necessary for us! The catamaran was fairly stable and definitely provided... More 

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good afternoon Danny P, Thank you so much for your review! This is what nature is all about! Every day brings new surprises and we never know what to expect. As you correctly pointed out, there is no wildlife on the land which is why a 'sea safari' is recommended for nature lovers. As the catamarans are large, there is... More 

Nelson, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good 3 hour boat trip no whales but plenty of dolphins close up , my wife a I really enjoyed the trip and would recommend.

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good morning everon2013, Thank you for taking the time to send us your most welcome review! It is not always possible to find whales but we have about a 60% chance of spotting them. If we are not able to find anything (whales or dolphins) our guests are invited to join us again for free! We hope to welcome you... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our conference party booked this catamaran trip and we saw two groups about 100 dolphins. They dont like the boat being close of course but entertained us with jumping out. We also slowly tracked a large female turtle. On the way back some brave ones swam in the freezing ocean. A pleasant day's rest.

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good afternoon Chris W, Thank you for your kind review! You were really fortunate to see such a big group of dolphins! As you mentioned, the dolphins don't like being chased or for us to spend too much time with them as it stresses them. We don't usually stop for swimming at this time of the year as the sea... More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

We booked an afternoon whale/dolphin watching tour. We saw lots of dolphins, but unfortunately no whales. Slightly pricey for just three hours, but I suppose that's the standard rate for these trips. The tour was all very well organised, and the crew was very informative. Overall decent, just a shame we couldn't see other species of animals, but not the... More 

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Colleen d, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips, responded to this review

Good afternoon shannonmiller9, Thank you for taking the time to send in your review. We are happy to see that you were able to see lots of dolphins. Spotting whales is more difficult and we have, on average, about a 60% chance of seeing them. They are also usually very shy and sometimes when we spot a 'blow', by the... More 

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