Whale and Dolphin Watching could be an incredible experience for all, adults and children. The observation of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat is a moment that stays forever in our memory. The waters in Madeira Island are very rich in cetaceans: marine mammals that live exclusively in an aquatic habitat, like the whales and dolphins. There are 29 species described for Madeira (about 35% of the species decribed worldwide), a few of which are list below:

  • Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis
  • Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis
  • Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus
  • Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Pilot whale Globicephala machrorhynchus
  • Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
  • Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni
  • Killer whale Orcinus orca
  • Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus

In our programs there are many chances to experience this encounters. Although the fact that we do not promise that this occurs on every trip, there are great opportunities especially in some seasons according to different species and their migrations and their route by Madeira archipelago. Onboard, our experienced and friendly guide will provide good and safe observations and help you with any uncertainty in the identification. There are good identification field guides onboard that you can use.

ADVENTURE | Nature emotions is partnership of the Responsible Whale Watch Partnership 'PlanetWhale', which connects the best Whale Watching Operators, and is associated with the 'Madeira Whale Museum' and the 'Natural Park of Madeira' collecting sighting data and following the best guidelines when with dolphins and whales.

Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour


This is a unique experience to watch whales and dolphins in Madeira Islands. These 2.5 hours tours starts at our base at Funchal Marina where our team will do an educational briefing on the occurrence of whales and dolphins in Madeira including also all the information on the tour and safety rules. These trips count with the help of lookouts from land, which elevates the chances to see the maximum species per trip. Sightseeing can vary between 1 and 7 species per trip. Depending on the season it is common to observe species of dolphins and whales such as the Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis , the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis , the Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus , the Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni. Pilot whales Globicephala macrorhynchus , and Sperm Whales Physeter macrocephalus

Tours are made in fast, semi-rigid type boats with a capacity for 12 people. With these types of boats we can assure that you get out to the dolphins and whales in the shortest possible time.

Our skilled crew will help you with any uncertainty in the identification and will provide excellent and clear observations of the marine life.

Includes experienced guide, insurance, free drink
We guaranteed the cetaceans sighthings! In case of not seeing, we offer a second trip with no cost!
For your own safety boats may change, cancel or postpone trips due to adverse weather conditions.





2 times a day, every day, all year | 10:00 am | 2:00 pm


Price per person: 48.00 € | Minimum: 6 persons








Swimming with Dolphins Tour



Swimming with dolphins is an unforgettable experience. Jump in the water with these friendly animals and watch them and feel them where they belong - in the wild! Swimming with dolphins always depends on the species that we find and the behavior they show us. It will only be possible to swim with them if the crew members observe the right conditions. Here are a few rules to follow to make swimming with dolphins pleasant for both you and the dolphin:

1. Wait for our OK before you enter the water.

2. Always follow the crew's advice.

3. Try to move as soundlessly as possible in the water.

4. Have we mentioned? Always follow the crew's advice.

Swimming with dolphins is possible with these species:

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis

Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

You might like to look down while your swimming as dolphins often pass right underneath you and if you listen closely you might also hear the dolphins' squeaking sounds.

Includes experienced guide, insurance.
We guarantee you'll see whales or dolphins. But if you don't, we'll offer you a second trip, completely free.
Swimming with dolphins may be done during the whale & dolphin watching trip. If it is not possible to swim with the dolphins, the client only pays the price of watching.
For your own safety boats may change, cancel or postpone trips due to adverse weather conditions.




TO BOOK NOW PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL TO: bookings@venturadomar.com

Amount to pay
Date for Trip


3 times a week, all year | Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday
10: 00h


Price per person: 65.00 € | Minimum: 4 persons









Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour




Leaving twice a day form Funchal Marina, in the morning and in the afternoon, you can enjoy the magnificent views of the South coast of Madeira, onboard the classical sailing boat Ventura do Mar.

After a complete briefing about the tour, made by the crew, we will sail about 5-6 nautical miles off the coast, where you will have many chances to see closely the fun loving dolphins and the peaceful whales and sometimes the amusing turtles!

Our skilled and friendly crew will help you with any uncertainty in the identification and will provide good and safe observations. There are good identification field guides onboard for you to make use of. Later on, if the weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to take a swim at the base of Cabo Girão which is the 2nd highest sea cliff in Europe with 580 m elevation! Don't forget to bring swimming suit and towel. The boat is equipped with a toilet and service bar. In cold days we have available warm coats for your comfort. We return to Funchal near the shore where you can enjoy the remarkable sights that Madeira Island offer.

Includes experienced guide, insurance, and a free drink



Every day except Friday, all year
10: 30h | 2:45 pm


Price per person: 30.00 € | Minimum: 4 persons




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