Cetacean Observation Booking

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All about the Cetacean Observation Booking.

We invite you for an up-close experience with dolphins and whales in the seas of Madeira. Before setting off on your adventure, we will briefly introduce the dolphins and whales of Madeira. The waters around the island are deep and rich in nutrients and are ideal habitats for various marine mammals – over 20 different whale species observed throughout the year. We have spotters on strategic lookouts on land to help us find cetaceans and boats specialized in wildlife observing, led by marine biologists. These are RIB boats, high-speed boats which can go far to find cetaceans. You can also swim with dolphins*, an unforgettable experience! BOOK NOW!

* Please note: Since it depends on animals, we cannot guarantee “swimming with dolphins” in advance. The confirmation will be made only on the day after the start of the activity. In the case of conducting it, payment is made directly to the company.


Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Professional crew
  • Taxes and Fees
  • Available: Masks and snorkel are borrowed free of charge.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick-up from the hotel. Please note that we can arrange transportation under an extra charge per reservation for pickups and drop-offs if your accommodation is outside of Funchal.
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  1. Departure 09:00 | 12:30 or 13:30| 16:00

    Oct – May (2 trips/ day) 09:00 | 13:30

    Jun – Sep  (3 trips/ day) 09:00 |12:30  | 16:00

  2. When Everyday (Mornings and Afternoons)

    Year-round, except on 25 December

  3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
  4. Duration 3 hours
  5. Requirements Very important

    Check-in is obligatory 30 minutes before each trip.


  6. What do you need to bring? Don’t forget
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Sun cream
    • Hat
    • A swimming suit and a towel (Summer)
  7. Good to know Activity level

    The company guarantee another trip if no wildlife is spotted.

    Commentary in Portuguese and English. The crew will explain the rules.

    There are also snorkels available on board.

  8. Our expertise Why us?

    Secure your seat, with pre-purchased tickets, as current capacity can fill up quickly. The staff is friendly, multilingual, knowledgeable and ready to answer any question. There are life jackets on board, and the crew makes sure you are all safe and sound!

  9. End of the Trip 12:00 | 15:30 or 16:30| 19:00
  10. Please Note There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements or in case of adverse weather. Should this happen, we will offer you an alternative or a full refund.
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Nature is unpredictable, and we can’t guarantee sightings.

The boat crew care about the wildlife and environment and collect plastic and other rubbish out of the sea during the trip. There are limitations: they’re not allowed to move near the pods with their engines sunning and can only watch them for 10 mins.

We stop for 20 minutes to swim in a calm ocean. If the sea is rough, the boat won’t leave the harbour.


Regarding the RIB boats, it can be the same boat or another within the same category since the transportation company owns several boats.

The marine biologist will provide plenty of information.

The boat has enough room for everyone. The capacity during the pandemic is 2/3, but because of the stable situation and low COVID-19 case numbers on Madeira and Porto Santo islands, 100%. However, there may be changes to the allowed capacity at any time. If you have questions, please contact us.

It can turn chilly at sea, so take something to cover up.

We can provide transportation at a different rate.

You can park close, on the underground of the Cristiano Ronaldo museum, if you have a car.

Even though we can’t guarantee sightings, this company will do their best to find wildlife and employ a “spotter”. We can see common dolphins, whales, turtles, sunfish, and seabirds.

There is no way of knowing where the cetaceans will be. However, our spotters always try their best to find them.

For that reason, and to make sure that you get the best experience, the company offers a second trip (or third, fourth, until you see the cetaceans).

A 3-hour trip worth doing! Reserve your place and bring your cherished ones along!

Yes, it is suitable for children.

Besides our tours for mainland travellers, we also offer great value options for people who travel by cruise ships. You can choose one of the existing tours or create your own customized itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!

Please get in touch as soon as you become aware you may be unable to make your trip, so we can try to accommodate you. If you are unable to make your reserved trip for reasons out of your control, and we have spaces on the trip for the following day, we will happily change your booking free of charge. Please see our Policy for further detail.

We will make every effort to try to re-schedule your trip if you are unable to make it for reasons out of your control. In the instance you wish to cancel your trip altogether, please see our Cancellation Policy for details on refunds.

Prices for all our shared services are quoted per person, except in the case of our private services.

Madeira island holidays are the ideal getaway all year round. Madeira weather in coastal areas is temperate and mild with no great extremes-although the temperature can drop the higher you go on the island so, whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring warm clothes when visiting the mountains. Obviously, rainfall is higher in the winter and you’ll probably need to pack a raincoat or umbrella. Madeira’s average temperatures range from 18C in winter to 25C in summer, with sea temperatures being nearly the same due to a warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the Island all year round, 18C to 22C.

The dress code for our tours is comfortable and casual. Dressing in layers gives most comfort as you can shed and add items when the climate varies. Consider packing.

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • An all-weather coat
  • Comfortable clothing.

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