It's also a great form of active recovery.
Desertas Islands Trip Booking
Take a boat trip to the Desertas Islands of Madeira, composed of 3 uninhabited islands located approximately 24.14 kilometres (15 miles) southeast of Madeira. The Desertas Islands are a Natural Reserve, part of Natura 2000 and a European Biogenetic Reserve aimed to preserve one of the last refuges of the rarest monk seal “Monachus monachus” species. The islands are also an important seabird sanctuary. On approaching the Desertas, we will follow along the coast, giving you a chance to enjoy the unique scenery. We will moor at Doca, where you can swim and relax, after which we will lunch a hot and delicious meal on board (included in the price). After lunch, we’ll invite you to disembark and visit Deserta Grande Island, guided by an expert guide. BOOK NOW!
Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions.
- Professional crew
- Taxes and Fees
- Available: Snorkelling equipment (free of charge).
- Lunch with drinks
- Guided tour
- 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.
Wednesday and Saturday
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
Tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 18:00
Check-in is obligatory 30 minutes before each trip.
What do you need to bring?
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun cream
- A swimming suit and a towel (Summer)
Good to know
There’s a bar and toilets on board if you also need to change clothes.
Commentary in Portuguese and English. The crew will explain the rules.
There are also snorkels available on board for a swim.
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. However, bear in mind this is not a narrated tour. The boat is comfortable and spacious. There are life jackets on board, and the crew makes sure you are all safe and sound!
End of the Trip
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.
... to see what’s around the corner.
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 to swim in a calm ocean. If the sea is rough, the boat won’t leave the harbour.
It can be the same boat or another within the same category since the transportation company owns several boats.
Please remember this is a relaxing boat trip.
However, the crew knows Madeira’s wildlife species and provides plenty of information to people who ask more about them.
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.
If it’s a hot day, there is room for everyone in the shade. 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. We might see common dolphins, whales, turtles, sunfish, seabirds and the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal.
There is no way of knowing where the cetaceans will be. However, our spotters always try their best to find them.
A 9-hour trip worth doing! When the temperature is inviting, we pause for a dive in the ocean. Lunch will be served on board and afterwards, we will go on a guided tour on the Deserta Grande Island. 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.