Luxury Dolphins and Whale Watching on a Catamaran

Funchal, Portugal

Animal experience hosted by Maria & Jerome

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in 6 languages
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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
    Small appetizers and local cookies will be offered throughout the journey.
  • 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
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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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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
OceanSee / VipDolphins Kiosk
Funchal
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 234 reviews.

  • Olena
    January 2022
    The experience on the catamaran was very pleasant, the staff are very welcoming and friendly. We didn't get to see the animals, and the company returned the money as promised, so I have zero complaints. Animals are animals, it's hard to control them :) But the crew did everything to make me feel a special guest. Thanks!
  • Michal
    January 2022
    The whole trip was really enjoyable and we felt comfortable all along. We had luck and saw pilot whales real close! Beautiful animals. We also learned something about them as well as about the Madeira island. We also saw Cabo Girao cliff from below which is imho much nicer than from above 🙂 and well worth it! It was a pleasant journey and the crew took great care of us!
  • Jannis
    January 2022
    It was a pleasure to be with the crew. They were all very kind and funny. The snacks and drinks were great. We saw a lot of dolphins very quickly and they were very near. Also we had time to swim and snorkel. The Trip is a little bit more expensive than the others but every penny is worth it. Perfect boat, Perfect Crew, Perfect experience!
  • Neil
    January 2022
    This was an outstanding experience, delightfully friendly and engaging crew, nothing was to much trouble right down to entertaining our son who was keen to learn all he could about sailing. The catamaran was spotless, well laid out for guests onboard and plenty of space. Snacks and refreshments were most enjoyable, and the crew were always on hand to make sure you had what you needed. Our trip was topped of when we met a large pod of playful dolphins who came right up to the catamaran, on a calm, sunny and warm day in January 2022
  • Ira
    December 2021
    Es war ein schöner Ausflug. Die Organisatoren haben sich Mühe gegeben, die schöne Insel sowie deren Fauna und Flora zu präsentieren.
  • Nikolaus
    December 2021
    It was a really nice and cosy experience. The captain and staff do everything to guarantee you a great time on their vessel and they live up to the expectations. Unfortunately no dolphins but a school of pilot whales... We wpuld really recommend to book with VIP... Thanks!!

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