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Funchal, Portugal
VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching

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Funchal’s waters are home to whales and dolphins—and this luxurious catamaran tour offers the best way to spot them. Head to Funchal’s marina and hop aboard your vessel, where you’ll enjoy Champagne, cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks like local bread and cheese. Indulge as you look out for whales and dolphins. Then, if you wish, enjoy a swimming and snorkeling break at Cabo Girao before returning to shore.
  • Enjoy a luxurious whale- and dolphin-spotting experience
  • Set sail aboard a modern, well-appointed catamaran
  • Champagne, cocktails, drinks, snacks, and desserts are provided
  • Stop for a swimming and snorkeling break at scenic Cabo Girao
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Coffee and/or Tea
Alcoholic Beverages
Bottled water
Use of Snorkeling equipment

Departure Point

Av. Do Mar 13, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal

Catamaran is located down the harbour of the New Marina of Funchal. Has a black sign on it "VipDolphins". The only one Power Catamaran of the harbor.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during VipDolphins Luxury Whale 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching.
What is the policy on sanitization during VipDolphins Luxury Whale 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 VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching.
What is the social distancing policy during VipDolphins Luxury Whale 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 VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by VipDolphins Luxury Whale Watching.

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Traveler Tips

  • "This tour is great if you look for a boat tour in a non crowded boat as many others." See review
  • "All in, the boat was well worth the cost per person, the dolphin viewing and swim were great." See review
  • "They helped the kids feel comfortable and the snacks and drinks were included which was amazing" See review


167 Reviews

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Knowledgeable, informative, friendly crew. Great trip.
, Oct 2021
Was exactly as described. Friendly informative trip. We did see some pilot whales & had time for a refreshing swim in a secluded bay. Crew very attentive. Lovely comfortable catamaran too.
Spectacular experience
, Oct 2021
Amazing afternoon! Everything was so perfect - so welcoming and warm. We were spoiled with sparkling wine while watching the mist beautiful little dolphins playing around the bote, just lovely!
Great trip, friendly staff, eat before you go.
, Oct 2021
We picked this experience due to the boat not being overcrowded. The staff were so friendly and very informative on the different whales and species living in the sea. They were happy to answer any questions we had. I would say although the description says ‘snacks’, there really wasn’t enough food (only four canapés). Overall I would definitely recommend but take some food onboard with me.
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, Sep 2021
Great crew, saw dolphins close up, but sadly ran out of time to have a swim in the sea. Food and drink was plentiful and boar clean and immaculate.
Made in Madeira
, Sep 2021
Everything from start to finish.Crew we’re very attentive and professional.Nibbles and drinks were most welcome and seeing a pod of Dolphins was amazing.Would definitely do on another visit.
A Must On Your Bucket List!
, Sep 2021
What a fantastic trip! Hosted by a young, all female crew 👍 - Fransesca, Ellie and Anna - don’t be mislead by this! All three are Marine Biologists and are extremely intelligent & knowledgeable! We saw whales (one mum & baby - amazing!) and a huge shoal of dolphins around 20-30 (under the water there would have been circa 100)! They were very inquisitive and some came over to our catamaran. I would highly recommend this trip if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy canapés and drinks in a relaxed intimate atmosphere. The best thing of all - we saw what we came to see - but I am awe inspired by the 3 lovely girls and applaud them for dedicating themselves in caring for our natural world.
Really fun boat excursion
, Sep 2021
This for us was a must do. The team was so friendly and knowledgeable. We found several types of dolphins and had time to swim. Had a few snacks and open bar. Just really chill and enjoyable!
We Love it!
, Sep 2021
It was an amazing experience! From the warm welcome when we started the trip until the end of it. It was an outstanding trip organisation from the crew, they explained everything, we saw dolphins and whales. We highly recommend! Many thanks.
Simply amazing!
, Sep 2021
This trip was amazing, we were very lucky to see such a big group of dolphins! And then later we also spotted a resting group of whales! To sum it up; staff was very friendly and passionate about their jobs! Would highly recommend this! P.S. the Brazilian bites were simply amazing 🤩
Fab boat trip
, Sep 2021
What a fab boat trip to see dolphins . We were not disappointed saw scores of dolphins and dolphin whales. Never heard of a dolphin whale before today !! There were 16 on our boat and well spaced out. The crew were amazing their knowledge about the dolphins and whales was very good . The staff served us drinks for the whole three hours, sons small canopies which were excellent. Only negative thing was the steps to get into the sea were broke and you had to clamber to get back on the boat , which was a bit difficult to get yourself up. Thanks so much it was brilliant and we will be back soon.

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