Boat trip in Madeira: swim with dolphins in front off Funchal

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At this 2.5 hours boat trip from Funchal, you can swim with the dolphins off Madeira. Watch dolphins and whales and snorkel / swim with the dolphins for approx. 5-10 minutes - a unique experience for everybody from 6 years on, who can swim!

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Languages: English
  • Transfer: no, not included
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Boat trip in Madeira: swim with dolphins

Make a lifelong dream come true and swim with dolphins in Madeira during this 2.5 hours boat trip with a marine biologist!

Price overview

  • 2.5 hrs boat trip in Madeira: swim with dolphins - per adult (from 12 yrs) 80.-€
  • 2.5 hrs boat trip in Madeira: swim with dolphins - per child (6-11 yrs) 45.-€
  • 2.5 hrs boat trip in Madeira - per toddler (0-5 yrs) 0.-€
Fulfil your lifelong dream

Booking option: Swim with dolphins in Madeira on this boat trip

If you love dolphins, then this boat trip from Funchal with whale- and dolphin watching and swimming with dolphins on Madeira is exactly the right thing for you. A professional team of marine biologists gives you a short introduction upfront and explains, to which behaviour of the free living animals you have to pay attention to. Subsequently, you'll start the boat trip in Funchal and navigate to the spots along the coast, at which you can observe whales and dolphins in front of the Portuguese island. The marine biologist aboard helps you to identify the particular species.

It's only allowed to swim with the spotted dolphin and the common dolphin in Madeira. As soon as you reach a group of one of the dolphin species', you'll get ready for the slow and as quiet as possible entry in the water. Thanks to the snorkeling equipment, you can lay relaxedly and calm in the water closely to the boat, while the fast dolphins swim next to you or below you, and admire the beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Below the water you can also hear their typical squeaking and cackle of the dolphins. After this unique experience, the dolphin boat trip ends back in Funchal.


  • Duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Hours: 9:00 AM, 1:30 PM
  • Schedule: October to May - at 9am and at 1:30pm / June to September - at 9am, 12:30pm and 4pm
  • Days: daily
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting points: Funchal


  • Snorkeling mask, professional guide, introduction, boat ride
  • approx. 5-10 min swimming with dolphins
Important information


  • Ability to swim
  • Minimum age 6 years

Please bring

Swimwear, towel, sun blocker, snacks, spare clothes, long trousers / jacket, waterproof camera, drinks

Detailed description

Swim with dolphins on Madeira at the boat trip from Funchal

This unique experience will delight you: On this 2.5 hours boat trip off Madeira, you'll swim with dolphins in the open sea! The boat trip starts in Funchal, where you'll first get a short introduction by the marine biologist aboard. The lookout on land watches out and notifies the skipper, where the next group of dolphins and whales is located, which you can observe during the boat trip. Throughout the tour, the passionate marine biologist explains lots of interesting facts about the sea creatures off the Portuguese island.

As soon as you've reached a group of spotted dolphins or common dolphins, you can swim with these dolphins off Madeira. The marine biologist gives you tips for the right behaviour and within a few minutes, you're already in the water and holding tight onto the boat. Don't move too much and be still, because the curious dolphins quickly get closer and swim around you or below you. Watch the fast, agile animals in all their beauty in their natural habitat and enjoy this very special moment - because, how often in your life do you swim with dolphins in Madeira? After approx. 5-10 min, depending on the behaviour of the free-living animals, you'll get back on board and end this unparalleled boat trip back in Funchal.


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 Boat trip in Madeira: swim with dolphins

Antje wrote on Oct 3, 2023
Overall rating
100 von 100

Pure enthusiasm

The team was very nice and looked after us well. We have also seen a few dolphins, they are fantastic animals, which one must necessarily have seen. We are excited! Gladly again.

Begeisterung pur

Das Team war sehr nett und hat uns gut betreut. Auch haben wir ein paar Delfine gesehen, es sind fantastische Tiere, die man unbedingt gesehen haben muss. Wir sind begeistert! Gerne wieder.
Hannelore aus Hannover wrote on Aug 5, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Dolphin encounter in front of Funchal

An encounter of the third kind. I have never been so close to the clever sea creatures. It made a big impression on me and I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour.

Delfinbegegnung vor Funchal

Eine Begegnung der dritten Art. Noch nie bin ich den cleveren Meeresbewohnern so nah gewesen. Es hat mich schwer beeindruckt und ich kann diese Tour von ganzem Herzen empfehlen.
Maritt wrote on Aug 15, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

What an experience

Thank you for this great experience! What great animals. So tender and sensitive. Unforgettable!

Was für ein Erlebnis

Vielen Dank für diese tolle Erfahrung! Was für tolle Tiere. So zart und einfühlsam. Unvergesslich!

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