Luxury Dolphins and Whale Watching on a Catamaran

Funchal, PortugalPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Maria & Jerome

3 hours, Hosted in 6 languages
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

We offer a 3 hour All Inclusive trip on a Fast Catamaran for dolphin and whale watching.
We encounter dolphins or whales 98% of the time, and if we don't, we'll give you a free second trip.
We operate more than a tourist attraction! Our team of marine biologists are associated with several scientific research programs on cetaceans. During our cruises they monitor and report the behaviours, interactions, observations and position of each species with the objective of the well-being and protection of cetaceans.
A glass of Portuguese sparkling wine will be offered to you upon your arrival, then you will enjoy an open bar with cocktails, local wines, beers, juices, sodas, coffee, as well as local food, cookies and ice cream.
The departure is from the Marina of Funchal in search of cetaceans in the bay. We will then go to the foot of Cabo Girão, the second largest sea cliff in Europe, 586m high, where we will stop for 20 minutes to swim or simply admire the view.
The return is then made along the magnificent coast towards the Marina.
Other notes:
If the weather is bad for the trip, we will contact you to reschedule or give you a full refund.
We offer a 3 hour All Inclusive trip on a Fast Catamaran for dolphin and whale watching.
We encounter dolphins or whales 98% of the time, and if we don't, we'll give you a free second trip.
We operate more than a tourist attraction! Our team of marine biologists are associated with several scientific research programs on cetaceans. During our cruises they monitor and report the behaviours, interactions, observations and position of each…
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What's included

  • Food
    Local food will be offered throughout the journey, appetizers, cookies etc.
  • Drinks
    We will offer you a glass of Portuguese sparkling wine upon your arrival on...
  • Equipment
    Snorkeling gear will be provided. We will also send you the pictures of you...

Meet your host, Maria & Jerome

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 97 Reviews
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We are Maria and Jérôme, we have lived in Funchal for more than 10 years.
During this experience you will benefit from our best crew to welcome you.
Our skipper and barman will serve you a Portuguese sparkling wine on your arrival then all the cocktails, wines and other drinks you desire (everything is included).
Mélanie, our French graduate marine biologist, will be your guide and will give you all the details on the dolphins and whales that we will meet.
Ruben, the captain of our Catamaran, prioritizes your safety and comfort.
We welcome a maximum of 17 guests on our Catamaran to offer you the best service on board so you can see dolphins and whales up close in unparalleled comfort.
An unforgettable experience awaits you, book now!
We are Maria and Jérôme, we have lived in Funchal for more than 10 years.
During this experience you will benefit from our best crew to welcome you.
Our skipper and barman will serve you a Portuguese sparkling wine on your arrival then all the cocktails, wines and other drinks you desire (everything is included).
Mélanie, our French graduate marine biologist, will be your guide and will give you all the details on the dolphins and whales that we will meet.
Ruben, the captain…
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From €59
/ person
Sat, 31 Jul
€59 per person
14:30 - 17:30
Join 2 other guests
€59 per person
Tue, 3 Aug
€59 per person
14:30 - 17:30
This time is popular
€59 per person
Wed, 4 Aug
€59 per person
10:00 - 13:00
Join 4 other guests
€59 per person
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Where you'll be

The meeting point is at Funchal marina, 20 minutes before the departure and then we head straight to the ocean in search of dolphins and whales. We have a spotter on land to quickly spot where dolphins and whales are. This way we have the opportunity to see multiple species in one trip.

Rated 4.85 out of 5 from 97 reviews.

Sophie-Irina
July 2021
Everyone from the crew was very nice and welcoming. We were regularly asked if we needed anything, but it was not intrusive at all! The crew also knew what they were talking about and we felt safe through the whole trip. However, I want to be totally honest. The trip did not feel very personal as there were lots of other guests on board. If you are not dominant enough, or - even worse - as introverted as I am, you might have to deal with sitting in the back for the whole trip and not having the full experience that you paid for. It would have been nice to have someone who also tells the other guests to not leave their stuff on the front seats to reserve them for the whole trip and/or even mention that the seats should be changed regularly. I would also recommend to pack a windbreaker or a jacket and wear white shoes. We did see pilot whales and a sea turtle, which was great.
Everyone from the crew was very nice and welcoming. We were regularly asked if we needed anything, but it was not intrusive at all! The crew also knew what they were talking about…
Julien
July 2021
A réserver sans aucunes hésitation, l'accueil et très chaleureux, les gérants sont au petit soins. Le bateau est assez grand pour être dans un coin en famille ou amoureux et être tranquille. Catamaran de luxe, coin douillet, musique. Tout était parfait. Encore un grand merci à l'équipe.
A réserver sans aucunes hésitation, l'accueil et très chaleureux, les gérants sont au petit soins. Le bateau est assez grand pour être dans un coin en famille ou amoureux et être t…
Daniel
July 2021
Lovely and very hospitalable team. An incredible experience that takes into account the marine wildlife. Very spacious boat with an open bar and a suny deck. The smaller group size gives you opportunity to speak with the team, definitely a much better experience vs the larger boats filled with 70+ people. A must when in Madeira.
Lovely and very hospitalable team. An incredible experience that takes into account the marine wildlife. Very spacious boat with an open bar and a suny deck. The smaller group size…
Nuraan
July 2021
Absolutely stunning excursion and although the whale and dolphin spotting is awesome, the best was the dip in the ocean at Cabo Girao! Fabulous 5 star experience!
Estelle
July 2021
On a fait cette sortie avec deux jeunes enfants (2et 4 ans) ils ont eu des gilets et ils étaient très attentionnés avec eux (couvertures/ serviettes) Et les enfants étaient aux anges et voyant les dauphins!!! À faire ça vaut le détour! Et l’équipage est très qualifié et sympathique . Et peu de personnes à bord en même temps comparativement aux autres bateaux qu’on a croisé. Top !! Merci, bonne continuation.
On a fait cette sortie avec deux jeunes enfants (2et 4 ans) ils ont eu des gilets et ils étaient très attentionnés avec eux (couvertures/ serviettes) Et les enfants étaient aux an…
Fabian
July 2021
Es war ein sehr schöner Ausflug und auf dem Schiff hatten alle genügend Platz um den Ausflug zu geniessen. Auch die Verpflegung war ausgezeichnet. Natürlich durften wir auch Delfine bestaunen, was sehr nachhaltig umgesetzt wird, da die Zeit begrenzt wird damit die Delfine wieder ihre Ruhe haben. Daher kann ich den Ausflug nur weiterempfehlen.
Es war ein sehr schöner Ausflug und auf dem Schiff hatten alle genügend Platz um den Ausflug zu geniessen. Auch die Verpflegung war ausgezeichnet. Natürlich durften wir auch Delfin…

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  • Sat, 31 Jul
    14:30 - 17:30
    Join 2 other guests
    €59 per person
  • Tue, 3 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
    This time is popular
    €59 per person
  • Wed, 4 Aug
    10:00 - 13:00
    Join 4 other guests
    €59 per person
  • Thu, 5 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
    This time is popular
    €59 per person
  • Fri, 6 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
    Join 2 other guests
    €59 per person
  • Sat, 7 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
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  • Sun, 8 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
    Join 2 other guests
    €59 per person
  • Mon, 9 Aug
    14:30 - 17:30
    €59 per person

Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note that 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.