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Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the abundant marine life near Madeira on this fast-paced dolphin and whale watching tour. You won’t have to worry about wasting time traveling, as you’ll whizz through the water on a speedboat, and cover large distances. Look out for dolphins and whales, while enjoying guide commentary. If you don’t spot any sea life, you’ll get another free trip. You’ll stop at Cabo Girao, and have a chance to snorkel too. 
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
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Magic Dolphin , Marina do Funchal, 9000 Funchal, Portugal

We are situated in the Marina do Funchal, "Magic Dolphin". Travellers must arrive at least 20 MINUTES BEFORE the departure time. Check-in will CLOSE 15 minutes prior to departure. People arriving after the boat has departed will count as NO SHOW and non-refundable tickets.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No high heels allowed on tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Magic Dolphin
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 Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching?
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 Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin - Whale - Turtle - Bird Watching.

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227 Reviews

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star-5
Good fun, saw lots of...
Mandy_S
, May 2022
Good fun, saw lots of dolphins, bottlenose and common but unfortunately no whales. Two hours was quite a long time to be sat astride a bench, albeit padded. I would recommend trip.
star-5
Breathtaking moments
Csenge_B
, May 2022
Ana was an amazing guide, thank you for the amazing experience! It was incredible to see multiple groups of dolphins! If you like wildlife, this is the adventure to do!
star-2
Generally disappointing experience - too many seats
Camila_M
, Apr 2022
Too expensive for what it is. Saw many other boats with better seating layout. The seats in the middle have barely any visibility and are packed too closely together to the other seats. We arrived first but were told to come back in 15 mins. When we came back, the boat was full and we were given the two worst seats and were sat separately from each other. The experience would be better for all if the seats we were in did not exist - like on other boats that we saw. Just feels like a way to extract as much money as possible from each trip at the expense of quality. As everyone pays the same amount and the people sitting in the middle don’t enjoy the trip equally as the rest.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Camilla, Many thanks for the feed back. Considering boat max seat capacity is 18people and open semi rigid boat, what you say does make much sense!! Our boat has 10mtr long and 3 mtr wide, some smaller semi rigids may take less because size of the boat is considerably smaller than ours!! Ticket price is 45€ for 2 hours and it is the cheapest compare to the other companies. Regarding the time of arrival, we ask all guest to arrive 20min prior to the departure time, it is not a race to get on to the boat we have certain procedure we follow for every single trip. Regards Umut
star-5
Nice trip, saw some fin...
Sebastian_S
, Apr 2022
Nice trip, saw some fin whales. Awesome guide and skipper. Definitely can recommend this tour! 45,-€ maybe a bit expensive.
star-5
Brilliant trip
Churchfarm0603
, Apr 2022
Excellent trip which was well organised and fun. The guide was fantastic and all staff were friendly and helpful. We were lucky enough to see dolphins and pilot whales in the first half hour. I fully recommend this trip, don’t leave Madeira without taking the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
star-4
Fun, wet, watching.
architectbloke
, Mar 2022
The smaller boat made it feel far more personal, and our guide spoke individually to each couple during our trip which I thought was very good. Our captain was on the lookout and inntouch with the spotter on land during the trip, and we were able to get close to a second pod of dolphins because of this. It was great fun, and worth the extra cost over a larger boat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic trip,
Tracey_W
, Nov 2021
Josephine and the skipper were excellent, great knowledge, very experienced and made the trip great fun. Went the extra mile to make sure we saw wildlife.
star-5
Wow’! Best thing in Funchal
Lorraine_L
, Oct 2021
Absolutely fabulous! Clara the guide was so informative and happy, The ocean was alive with pilot wales who had three babies. The sperm whale came within feet if our boat, thanks to the skill of the captain. The speedboat cut out any sea sickness. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Guest, Many thanks indeed. Great appreciation, great feed back. Best regards Umut
star-4
Excellent trip
AnnCharlotte_B
, Oct 2021
Good boat excellent crew, we managed to see black spotted dolhins. One baby dolphin was jumping and showing off just close to us
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Caring for sperm whales
Maik_D
, Sep 2021
Our guide did a good job to explain everything about the animals we encountered. Also we felt that the captain and the guide cared about the creatures well being. That said we can recommend this tour. Btw, we encountered sperm whales.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your visit. I am happy that you have seen sperm whales, it is hard to find sometimes. Thank you for recommending our company. Regards Umut
star-5
Great
Lesley_R
, Sep 2021
It was great. We saw about 20 pilot whales. Well run and very organised. Would recommend. The guide was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Nice experience
AnneKathrin_L
, Sep 2021
marine specialist was very friendly and with an open attitude. Sensitive approach on animals. We have seen dolphins and 2 different kinds of whales. Fully recommend the tour.
star-5
Absolutely fabulous
Eline_L
, Aug 2021
We had an amazing experience! The weather was great and so was our host (Clara). We saw a pod of around 100 pilot whales, a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. It was far better than we could have imagined. The crew makes sure not to bother the animals which I think is an important highlight of the tour
star-5
Excellent trip
sasha_A
, Aug 2021
Really enjoyed this trip. We saw two species of whales and some dolphins. The guide was lovely and gave us lots of information about them. He clearly has a passion for wildlife and this showed highly recommend
star-5
Excellent trip, lots to see
Martin_K
, Aug 2021
The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Spent an amazing two hours on the boat. Spotter on land directed the crew to the animals. This seemed to work really well. Within a few minutes we had seen a group of pilot whales. We then went on to see Bottlenose dolphins and several groups of very friendly and active Atlantic Spotted dolphins. The last group was 40+ dolphins and they swam and jumped very closely around our boat for several minutes. Great experience for us and the children.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Martin, Many thanks for your positive feed back. I am glad you have chosen a great experience for your family. No doubt this will be remembered many years. Regards Umut
star-5
Magical moment with Nature!
AudeLaure_d
, Aug 2021
Very nice boat trip! We saw red turtles and had the chance to see 2 groups of Dolphins and observe them for a very long time. Magical!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Dolphin watching
Julie_D
, Jul 2021
We Saw 2 pods of different dolphins and 2 turtles . Excellent trip . Very informative guide. Looking forward to going again soon.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Guest, Many thanks. We would loved to see you again in the future. Stay safe. Regards Umut
star-5
Don’t Miss This!!
Simon
, Jul 2021
Magnificent 2 hours in the company of Magic Dolphin. We were fortunate to see two pods of dolphin (including bottlenose), sperm whale and calf, beaked whales and turtles. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and positive and the boat was awesome. Definitely recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Simon. Many thanks. Wonderful to see you enjoyed it and managed to see different type of species. We hope to see you again. Regards Umut
star-5
100% worth it
Jakub_S
, Jul 2021
Great guide, funny and passionate. Also very knowledgeable and able to answer any question that we had. All around very good experience, we saw 5 different species, learnt new things about them and really enjoyed the ride on the speedboat.
star-5
Amazing
AlisonHancock
, Sep 2020
AMAZING ! Great staff ,great experience 💖👍 This tour is a must and something we will remember for ever 💖
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Alison, Many thanks for your feed back. Much appreciated. If you made your holiday memorable we are super happy. Best regards. Umut

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