Whale watching in Madeira is one of the hottest activites on the island. So here’s a complete guide on how to book and enjoy an amazing experience at sea.
Whale Watching In Madeira – A Complete Guide
Most whale watching in Madeira trips depart from the south coast of Funchal.
You can book online to secure your spot or head down to one of the booths that are lined up along the Funchal ferry port promenade.
Just up from the CR7 Museum and directly opposite Pizz Hut (as shown below on Google maps) you will see little booths on the main street. They are located directly behind the bus stops and have stairs leading down to the reception desk of each company. They also act as a departure point for the trips.
We can highly recommend VMT Madeira who run Dolphin & Whale Watching In Madeira tours as well as other catamaran trips throughout the island.
VMT Madeira run two dolphin and whale watching in Madeira trips per day.
10:30am – 1:30pm
3pm – 6pm
*Check-in ends 30 minutes before the departure so be sure to arrive 30 mins prior to your trip time.
Children (5 to 12 years) €17,50
Children (0 to 4 years): Free
Well apart from the obvious whale watching, you get to enjoy a relaxing trip along the South coast of Madeira.
The comfortable catamarans take away all ocean sickness, worries and come complete with 2/3 toilets, 4 staff members and a bar. So honestly, we couldn’t have been more relaxed!
The duration of the trip was 3 hours long, and ‘with a strong possibility of spotting whales and dolphins in their natural habitat’ promised, we weren’t disappointed.
During the trip we stopped on a couple of occasions as pods of dolphins and several types of whales passed by. Known to hover around the coastline all year round, jumping on a boat and catching a glimpse of them was a must on our Madeira things to do list.
Pilot Whales and Sperm Whales are most commonly seen through the year. Other species can also be found in the area, like Sei Whale, Humpback Whale, Fin Whale, Bryde’s Whale, Minke Whale, and even Orcas.
All in all it was an incredible experience and one we recommend to anyone visiting the island of Madeira.
Towards the end of the trip there was also a stop for swimming/snorkelling below the cliffs of Cabo Girao, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.
Luxury – The Vine Hotel – Recently awarded as Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, the luxurious Vine Hotel is located in Funchal and offers a fusion restaurant with stunning views, a Wine Therapy Spa, access to the fitness centre and a rooftop infinity pool.
Mid-Budget – Hotel Baia Azul – We stayed 5 nights at Hotel Baia Azul and it couldn’t have been more suitable to our needs. Close enough to the old town of Funchal, with breakfast included, a beautiful balcony view and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Budget – Funchal Apartments – City View – If it’s bang for your buck you’re looking for in Madeira then this has to be one of the cheapest and most central located properties in Funchal. The reviews seem ok, the location is ideal.
For more places to stay in Madeira you can check the latest prices here.
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