Madeira: Catamaran tour to Ilhas Desertas or Rota da Fajãs from Funchal

Sail with this catamaran tour on Madeira from Funchal around Madeira or through the volcanic archipelago. This 9-hour Atlantic excursion includes lunch and a guide. Come aboard and experience the amazing coastline of Madeira!

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 9 hours
  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Transfer: no, not included
93 out of 100 based on 3 Reviews
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  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Price overview

  • Catamaran tour Ilhas Desertas or Rota da Fajãs - 9h - per person (from 13 years)80.-€
  • Catamaran Tour Ilhas Desertas or Rota da Fajãs - 9h - per child (5-12 years)40.-€
  • Catamaran tour Ilhas Desertas or Rota da Fajãs - 9h - per child (0-4 years)0.-€
Catamaran experience with lunch

Overview / General Information

Experience Madeira at sea all day long

To experience the full fascination of the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, book the Madeira Catamaran Tour from Funchal. Sail along the coast of the enchanting mountain island ("Rota da Fajãs") or visit the neighbouring Ilhas Desertas.


  • Capacity: up to 180 persons
  • Duration: ~ 9 hours
  • Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting points: Funchal


  • Snorkeling equipment, professional guide, insurance, meal, drinks during the meal, bar / cafeteria on board, toilet on board

Option 1: Catamaran trip Rota da Fajãs

In this 9 hour tour you will sail in a comfortable catamaran from Funchal along the southwestern coast towards Ponta do Pargo. During a stay there you can try snorkeling or even kayak or stand up paddle. On the way back you can enjoy a cool down in the Atlantic Ocean. Lunch including drinks and a guide on board are included in the price. Experience the green cliff coast an look forward to a 1-hour stop in the small coastal town Paúl do Mar.


  • Days: Thursday, Sunday
  • Months: May - October


  • Watersports possibilities

Option 2: Catamaran trip Ilhas Desertas

The Catamaran Tour on Madeira will take you from Funchal to the Ilhas Desertas on this 9 hour sailing trip. There is a guided tour with informative information. Of course you can also enjoy the wonderful blue of the water while swimming. On the way back and forth you can see whales and dolphins. Lunch and guide are included in the price.


  • Days: Wednesday, Saturday
  • Months: May - October
Important information

Please bring along:

Swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun blocker, hat, backpack, small travel pharmacy (just in case)

Detailed description

Madeira: Catamaran tour with the sailing boat through the archipelago

Far off the coast of Portugal lies a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean. The volcanic island of Madeira, which belongs to Portugal, is located in a small archipelago in the middle of the sea. From the shallow sandy beaches in the south to the stony beaches and rocky cliffs in the north, the green mountain ranges with the peaceful towns on the slopes of the mountains extend in wide valleys between the high peaks. The constant mild climate throughout the year makes it possible to admire sensational landscape panoramas. The coastline is characterized by bays and bizarrely beautiful rock formations.

To explore the island in full splendour and wholeness, this Madeira Catamaran Tour offers two wonderful possibilities. A booking option is the catamaran tour "Rota da Fajãs", a 9-hour cruise from Funchal by sailboat will take you along the coastline of the fascinating volcanic island. During your trip to Ponta do Pargo you will see deep valleys between the high peaks along the coastline and impressive cliffs, but also the colourful flora of Madeira's coastline. Between the mountains you will see wonderful, peaceful plateaus and untouched mountain slopes where you can see the different shapes and colours of the volcanic stones. The accompanying guide will have informative explanations, but will also be happy to answer your questions competently. This relaxing Madeira Catamaran tour includes a stay at Ponta do Pargo, where you can go snorkeling or paddling in the kayak. On the way back there is also a break for swimming.

The second booking option is the catamaran tour "Ilhas Desertas", in English the "deserted islands". This is a group of islands about 30 km off the south-east coast of Madeira. This also 9 hour Madeira Catamaran tour starts from Funchal and is as elaborate as booking option 1, where you will experience the ocean, enjoy the sun and will most likely see seabirds and whales or dolphins. A 3-hour stay at the Ilhas Desertas is planned, where you will have a short tour of the island or can swim in the clear water.

Whichever Madeira Catamaran Tour you choose: Meals are provided in the form of lunch on board the ship. The experienced crew is looking forward to show you the most beautiful places of the volcanic archipelago and to make your Madeira holiday even more beautiful.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Experience Madeira at sea all day long

Cira wrote on Sep 23, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100


A great day at sea. We saw a lot and a lot of fun. The food was ok.


Ein toller Tag auf dem Meer. Wir haben viel gesehen und viel Spaß. Das Essen war ok.
Mirko M wrote on Sep 5, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

A great day at sea, but a little long

We did the tour to the islands. We were lucky on the way there and saw dolphins, but overall it was a pretty long drive and the children were bored on the way back. A few hours shorter would have been fine. The islands were very impressive for that and we are glad that we did the tour.

Ein toller Tag auf dem Meer, aber ein wenig lang

Wir haben die Tour zu den Inseln gemacht. Auf dem Hinweg hatten wir Glück und haben Delfine gesehen, aber in Summe war es schon eine ziemlich lange Fahrt und die Kinder waren auf dem Rückweg doch ziemlich gelangweilt. Ein paar Stunden kürzer wäre auch in Ordnung gewesen. Die Inseln waren dafür aber sehr beeindruckend und wir sind froh, dass wir die Tour gemacht haben.
Maria87 wrote on Jul 9, 2019
Overall rating
80 von 100

Better along the coast

We did the tour to the islands. There is not much to see there. Overall, however, a nice day at sea with many great impressions.

Besser entlang der Küste

Wir haben die Tour zu den Inseln gemacht. Dort gibt es aber nicht sonderlich viel zu sehen. Insgesamt aber ein schöner Tag auf dem Meer mit vielen tollen Eindrücken.

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