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Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island

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Vila da Calheta, Portugal
Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go whale and dolphin watching, a unique experience from Madeira. Board a boat with your experienced captain and crew, then set out for the open seas to search for these friendly marine mammals. Learn about these fascinating creatures through your crew's informative commentary.
  • Catch sight of Madeira's local whale and dolphin population
  • Enjoy coastal views from the deck of the boat
  • Learn about the marine mammals from your expert crew
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience
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Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
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Departure Point

Avenida D. Manuel I - Porto de Recreio da Calheta, 9370-133 Vila da Calheta, Portugal

We ask you to do the check-in 20 minutes before departure at our Store "H2oMadeira", at the Marina of Calheta (Level 0). (https://g.page/h2omadeira?share) Parking: we suggest the marina's parking house. It is the closest and less expensive one in the area (https://maps.app.goo.gl/ibghPFvE1c7nxm5B8)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY H2oMadeira
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira Island.

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  • "In a grey December cold day, it was less enjoyable but nothing can do about the weather." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Awesome trip, I see sperm whales, highly recommended tour in são Miguel island, and lovely, friendly staff.
Abdullah_A
, Sep 2021
Awesome trip, I see sperm whales, highly recommended tour in são Miguel island, and lovely, friendly staff.
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Peter_V
, Sep 2021
Perfect trip, excellent service Saw a lot of dolphins,pilot whales en even seals,there only live 40 near deserta island
star-5
Fun and magical, an absolute blast
Saira_R
, Aug 2021
Absolutely loved this excursion with my wife and two kids. The guys running the trip were genuinely thrilled at the wildlife and seemed to have an absolute ball, as well as being really knowledgeable about the animals. Their joy was infectious and they had as much fun as we did. We also ran over time as there were more animals to see, so no rush at all to hurry you off the boat. We saw dolphins and whales and had a race with a flying fish- it was quite magical. Very highly recommended!
star-4
I saw loads of whales
Lei_W
, Dec 2020
I have seen a whale before. This trip, I've seen plenty, though none of the photos came out great, showing only the back of whales. It was nothing like photos of national geographic. The marina is about 35 minutes west of Funchal. We were all wearing masks even though we were in the ocean. It was a cold, grey day. Better bundle up. I was so glad that I wrapped up in a scarf. The staff were quite helpful. I've gained some knowledge about whales and dolphins. The dolphins loved jumping around and they looked bigger than the ones I saw in the Caribbeans. It would better to go in summer. In a grey December cold day, it was less enjoyable but nothing can do about the weather. There are no Uber in the areas after the ride. They helped me to call a taxi (at lower rate) to go back to my hotel.
star-5
Mother and Baby
Curious626781
, Jun 2019
It was a great trip. Although we didn't see any dolphins we were thrilled to see whales including a baby whale
star-5
What a great...
Darren R
, Sep 2017
What a great experience. Managed to see a few different pods of dolphins, one had about 100 in the group and were surrounding the boat, a great sight to see. Luckily we also managed to see a whale which was very good. The staff are great fun, very well informed, obviously love nature and have a great sense of humor. Would highly recommend that you don't miss this trip.
star-5
This was an amazing experience to...
Steve L
, Sep 2016
This was an amazing experience to have! The crew was very nice, helpful, informative and made sure that we had a lot of fun. They also respect the animals and their environment.
star-5
Calheta is about 40 minutes drive...
Richard H
, Jun 2016
Calheta is about 40 minutes drive from Funchal or 2 hours by bus but don't let this put you off. If you want to go whale and dolphin watching and want a reliable, professional, knowledgeable, safety conscious, friendly and fun crew and a fast and well maintained boat, this is the one for you. There is no guarantee that you will see any whales or dolphins but you would be very unlucky not to. On my trip, there were countless common and spotted dolphins, a couple of manta rays and a few turtles. Fantastic.
star-5
Geweldige ervaring - aanrader
Bianca_V
, Oct 2021
11 oktober 2021 een super mooie en fantastische tour gehad met H2O madeira. Spermwales en Risso dolfijnen gezien. Voor de laatste een eind moeten varen maar een welverdiend resultaat. Super bedankt en zeker een aanrader voor iedereen die Madeira een bezoekje brengt. Helaas op mijn Gopro niet onderwater kunnen filmen omdat deze dieren niet gemakkelijk van dichtbij te benaderen zijn maar dat maakt de ervaring er niet minder om.
star-5
A faire
fanny_l
, Sep 2021
Nous n’avons pas pu voir de baleines mais nous avons eu la chance de voir un groupe de 8-10 dauphins à 1 m du bateau. C’était magique.

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