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Luxury Dolphins and Whale Watching on a Catamaran

Funchal, PortugalPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Maria & Jerome

3 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian

What you'll do

We offer a luxury cruise of 3h on our power catamaran for Whale and Dolphin watching.
We come across Dolphins or Whales in 98% of our trips and if we don't, we will offer you a second trip for free.
We offer more than just a tourist attraction as our team of Marine Biologists are involved in scientific studies keeping reports of the behavior, interaction, sightings and location of each species with the wellbeing and protection of cetaceans as a priority.
A glass of champagne will be offered upon arrival, then you can enjoy our open bar with cocktails, local wines, beers, juices, soda, coffee and top quality local snacks, fruits, biscuits and ice cream.
We begin at the Marina of Funchal, then we sail in search of dolphins and whales, before heading to Cabo Girão (586m) the second highest sea cliff in the world and highest in Europe, where we will stop for 20min and you can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters or simply admire the stunning view.
For our return we will sail along the amazing coastline in the direction of the Marina.
Other things to note
If the weather isn’t ideal for the trip, we will contact you to reschedule or issue a total refund.
We offer a luxury cruise of 3h on our power catamaran for Whale and Dolphin watching.
We come across Dolphins or Whales in 98% of our trips and if we don't, we will offer you a second trip for free.
We offer more than just a tourist attraction as our team of Marine Biologists are involved in scientific studies keeping reports of the behavior, interaction, sightings and location of each species with the wellbeing and protection of cetace…

Maria & Jerome's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    Local food will be served to you during the cruise, local fruits, cookies e...
  • Drinks
    We will offer a glass of French Champagne when you arrive on our catamaran,...
  • Equipment
    Snokerling gear will be provided. We will also send you the pictures of you...
From $126
/ person
Fri, 23 Apr
$126 per person
$126 per person
Fri, 30 Apr
$126 per person
$126 per person
Fri, 7 May
$126 per person
$126 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Maria & Jerome

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 76 Reviews
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We are Maria & Jerome, we have lived in Funchal for the past 10 years.
You will have the best of our crew to host this wonderful experience for you!
Joao is our skipper and barman, he will serve you champagne upon arrival and then all cocktails, local wines, and any other drink that you desire (All is included).
Dominique is our certified Marine Biologist who will guide you and give you the details of the dolphins and whales that you encounter during your trip.
Pedro is the captain of our catamaran, his priority is your security and comfort.
We welcome a maximum of 17 guests on our Catamaran ensuring the best service possible and prime visibility of marine life with complete comfort.
An unforgettable experience awaits, book now as availability is limited.
We are Maria & Jerome, we have lived in Funchal for the past 10 years.
You will have the best of our crew to host this wonderful experience for you!
Joao is our skipper and barman, he will serve you champagne upon arrival and then all cocktails, local wines, and any other drink that you desire (All is included).
Dominique is our certified Marine Biologist who will guide you and give you the details of the dolphins and whales that you encounter during your trip.
Pedro is the c…
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Where you'll be

The meeting point is at the marina of Funchal, 20 min before the trip and then we go straight to the Ocean in search of Dolphins and Whales. We have a lookout on land to quickly spot where the Dolphins and Whales are located, this way we have the possibility of seeing several species in a single trip.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 76 reviews.

Maiah
November 2020
This was an absolutely wonderful experience! We were able to see both dolphins and sperm whales while we were out which was incredible, but we also just had a great time enjoying the scenery from the boat and having drinks & snacks. Highly recommend.
This was an absolutely wonderful experience! We were able to see both dolphins and sperm whales while we were out which was incredible, but we also just had a great time enjoying t…
Ruth
October 2020
Great experience! The highlight was having a real expert marine biologist, Dominique, on board with us, to share great knowledge about the dolphins and whales ... we saw lots, had a really fun and relaxing experience and had a great swim too!
Great experience! The highlight was having a real expert marine biologist, Dominique, on board with us, to share great knowledge about the dolphins and whales ... we saw lots, had…
Swetha
October 2020
We had a lovely afternoon on the catamaran, and saw many dolphins. Dominique and Eugénia, the marine biologists on board, really knew their stuff, were passionate about the dolphins and environmental conservation, and made sure to give us a very special experience. Thank you!
We had a lovely afternoon on the catamaran, and saw many dolphins. Dominique and Eugénia, the marine biologists on board, really knew their stuff, were passionate about the dolphin…
Michael
September 2020
Definitely worth a ride. You enjoy a premium catamaran, really good snacks and drinks (even cocktails <3)- meanwhile you learn a lot about the whales and dolphins in this area (from absolute experts). Super nice atmosphere and a great team on board! Highly recommended!
Definitely worth a ride. You enjoy a premium catamaran, really good snacks and drinks (even cocktails <3)- meanwhile you learn a lot about the whales and dolphins in this area (fr…
Claudia
September 2020
Es war ein wundervolles Gefühl, diese besonderen Tiere in freier Wildbahn gesehen zu haben. Die Crew war sehr aufmerksam und freundlich, das Boot sehr komfortabel. Gern wieder:)
Lucy
September 2020
Lovely boat, comfortable and clean. We did see dolphins, which was really lovely. Some nice guidance about the dolphins, which was helpful. Great to see the Madeira coastline from the ocean. I don't know if it was worth paying the additional money to attend this trip, as opposed to other trips which looked cheaper so I can't really compare. Do eat beforehand as the snacks offered are tiny and they didn't offer anything gluten-free. That said, we weren't attending for the food so it didn't really matter. We actually booked for one day and then received a message asking us to move to another day, as they didnt have enough bookings (understandable with covid impacting travel) so it might be worth contacting them ahead of time to check which dates are most viable.
Lovely boat, comfortable and clean. We did see dolphins, which was really lovely. Some nice guidance about the dolphins, which was helpful. Great to see the Madeira coastline from…

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Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

You should come dressed accordingly to the weather conditions.