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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira provided by On Tales

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira
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About
This is a great pick for wildlife fans. Get more out of your time in Madeira by going on a whale and dolphin watching adventure near Madeira’s south coast. No need to worry about the trip being crowded—numbers are capped at eight passengers to ensure a more intimate experience. Look out for whales and dolphins as you travel, and get the chance to stop and go snorkeling too.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
Enjoy a peaceful small-group boat tour to spot local marine life
Get top tips on places where whales and dolphins have been seen before
Stay fueled for the trip—light refreshments are included
Travel light—snorkeling equipment is provided on the boat
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Enjoy a peaceful small-group boat tour to spot local marine life
Get top tips on places where whales and dolphins have been seen before
Stay fueled for the trip—light refreshments are included
Travel light—snorkeling equipment is provided on the boat
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 41625P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Light refreshments (water, fruit juice, soft drinks, beer)
Snorkel equipment (masks, fins and tubes)
Hair and body towels
Blankets
Shower after swimming time
Toilet
Cabin
Bottled water
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions. We can organize hotel transfers upon request. There might be an extra charge for this service, depending on the location of your hotel.
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
On Tales - Whales and Dolphins Watching Tours, Loja 42 Porto Recreio da Calheta, Av. D. Manuel I, 9370-135 Estreito da Calheta, Portugal Search for the On Tales Store on the Marina. Our Guides will greet you and guide you to our boat, Miranda.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Confirmation will be sent before the tour or 48 hours after booking:
Subject to availability
Subject to favorable weather conditions (if canceled due weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund)
Family friendly
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Inclusions
Light refreshments (water, fruit juice, soft drinks, beer)
Snorkel equipment (masks, fins and tubes)
Hair and body towels
Blankets
Shower after swimming time
Toilet
Cabin
Bottled water
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions. We can organize hotel transfers upon request. There might be an extra charge for this service, depending on the location of your hotel.
Departure details
On Tales - Whales and Dolphins Watching Tours, Loja 42 Porto Recreio da Calheta, Av. D. Manuel I, 9370-135 Estreito da Calheta, Portugal Search for the On Tales Store on the Marina. Our Guides will greet you and guide you to our boat, Miranda.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Confirmation will be sent before the tour or 48 hours after booking:
Subject to availability
Subject to favorable weather conditions (if canceled due weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund)
Family friendly
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    On Tales - Whales and Dolphins Watching Tours
    Loja 42 Porto Recreio da Calheta, Av. D. Manuel I, 9370-135 Estreito da Calheta, Portugal
    Search for the On Tales Store on the Marina. Our Guides will greet you and guide you to our boat, Miranda.
    See address & details
  • 1
    On Tales
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Madeira
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Andreea G
2 contributions
Best experience
Sep 2021 • Family
The trip was amazing and the staff Emanuel and Chico very friendly and helpful with a lot of information. I recommand it from the bottom of my heart! Keep it up 👍🏻👍🏻
Written 9 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ComDirector_ontales
Thank you Andreea, your recommendation means a lot to our team. You looked so comfortable on Miranda's front-deck ! According to Captain Emanuel, you both drove the boat really well! We do value our guests' support very highly and would love to meet you again on your next holiday, as you pass by our store on the marina da Calheta.
Written 15 September 2021
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Utente1970
4 contributions
Boat Ride with ON TALES
Aug 2021
Amazing experience the ON TALES team were very friendly and professional. They gave us all the attention we need an more water, suncream, towels, and all the information for have a Very Nice Sails Trip!!!
The Captain told us a lot of information about the island of Madeira and of the sea animals in this paradise, we found all really interesting.
Unfortunately we have been unlucky and we have not been able to meet any dolphin or whale, but we have seen a turtle and some flying fish, we will try again the next time hoping to be luckier.
Dulcis in Fundo, the Portuguese sparkling wine that Mayung and the staff of ON Tales who gives us like homage was an excellent aperitif drunk at sunset in front of the sea in our house, I marked the label and I will order a case !!!! ;-)

Highly recommend this experience to everyone.
Written 7 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Max B
United Kingdom1 contribution
Great Trip
A great experience for myself and my partner. The staff are amazing. Booking was easy and boat on the shared tour was comfortable. We were given the choice of soft / alcohol drinks on board complimentary. Overall great experience, highly recommend.
Written 31 August 2021
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ComDirector_ontales
Thank you Max, it was a pleasure to meet you both and we will remember this amazing day for a long time! We value our guests' opinion and our team is always grateful for so much kindness.
Written 1 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ZedDubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates170 contributions
Very friendly team, lovely trip!
Aug 2021
I picked On Tales based on the positive reviews, and was not disappointed at all. The team is very friendly and welcoming, to the extent that you feel you are doing this trip with friends. They happy to offer you sunscreen, towels, diving masks, beverages, etc. making sure your are comfortable and having a good time. We managed to see lots of dolphins and a Portuguese man of war. At the end, they shared with us loads of photos taken during the trip, free of cost. Superb team, and we thank them for the lovely memories!
Written 28 August 2021
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ComDirector_ontales
Thank you Marwan for choosing our team for this special part of your holidays. It was an amazing day indeed, you took the right decision when you jumped from the boat into the warm, crystal-clear water! Our guests' comfort and safety are always our main priority. thank you once more for so much kindness.
Written 1 September 2021
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Chris J
Marsden, UK1 contribution
Unique and magical experience! very FUN!
Our family had a fantastic experience with On Tales this morning. We went on the 10am boat trip amd Emmanuel amd his team were really friendly and made sure we were really comfortable on board. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife.
We saw Cory's Shearwaters which are migratory birds that glide and skim fhe sea for food and even sleep on the sea! We saw a loggerhead turtle that was a little shy and then after a while we were amazed when we spotted a school of dolphins - over 50 of them! They all came swimming and playing around our boat, just magical!
Our youngest daughter was seasick and they were brilliant at looking after her and making sure she was ok and even had an ice cream waiting for her when we got back
We'd definitely recommend On Tales and would book with them again.
Written 20 August 2021
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ComDirector_ontales
Dear Chris, it was a real pleasure to take care of your family, you were amazing guests! Emily really drove the boat well and deserved the fruity ice-cream back on-shore! We would be delighted to have you on-board again anytime, we are always on the marina da Calheta, please stop and say hello if you pass by!!
Written 1 September 2021
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Ana M
1 contribution
Awesome experience with On Tales
Aug 2021
I went to watch dolphins as a local resident of Madeira and it was fascinating!
Very kind and awesome team. The luxury of the service was notable, so much comfort and attention. The crew on board were really nature lovers and knew a lot of Madeira and its animal life. The service on board was nice as well, with drinks available and WC.
I really recommend this trip for small groups or even alone! It was really a nice time.
The dolphins showed themselves to be very sociable and so much funny! I am sure you do not want to miss this experience!
Written 19 August 2021
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Allison R
7 contributions
Dolphins in the beautiful Calheta bay
Aug 2021
Lovely morning spent out at sea in beautiful Calheta bay with Emanuel and his crew mate. Saw dolphins, jumping fish and protected birds and swam in the sea which was warmer than I thought! Would highly recommend they make sure it’s an informative, comfortable and chilled trip.
Written 18 August 2021
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ionutconstantin
Bucharest, Romania22 contributions
Outstanding customer orientation and overall experience
Excellent customer service from start to the end, highly experienced skipper making sure we all felt comfortable with the trip, engaging and knowledgeable, as well as having the human friendly touch. We appreciated the personalised note of the trip but also the communication with the company. Highly recommended!
Written 12 August 2021
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Andrew G
London, UK17 contributions
Wonderful dolphin encounter
Jul 2021
Professional and friendly team in all aspects of the business from booking to disembarkation. Very safety conscious without feeling restrictive.

We had a most relaxing and enjoyable excursion and encountered a large pod of about 30 dolphins including many infants. Four of us were able to relax on the foredeck while 'helping' to dolphin spot. We also saw for the first time some flying fish. The captain and staff spoke excellent English and French (and probably multiple other languages).

The trip concluded with a welcome swim in the crystal clear ocean water.

We enjoyed the experience so much that we went back to book another trip, but sadly they were sold out.

Our advice - book ahead; you won't be disappointed.
Written 9 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tereza S
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
amazing trip
Jul 2021
amazing trip, dolphin watching, interesting explanation of madeira, nice people, good english, nice day
Written 8 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: On Tales
dltravels11
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Friendly, helpful, safe and knowledgeable
We just returned from a beautiful afternoon on the water. The staff at On Tales was very helpful and kept us infor
Dancarvosso
Dancarvosso
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Amazing !
The sunset tour is not to be missed, the experience was fantastic and the staff were very knowledgeable and attenti
MargotandJorn
MargotandJorn
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Highly recommended tour
We had an amazing time! The whole crew is extremely friendly and puts a lot of care in this experience and the skip
Julia-007700
Julia-007700
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Fantastic trip with awsome viewings of groups of dolphins
Great trip, well organised, a spotter was looking from the top of the island for wildlife. So we new wheee we had t
K5298
K5298
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Amazing experience!!!
Amazing experience and a real highlight of our trip! The whole process was super slick and the team were very frien
167edb
167edb
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Unforgettable Experience!
Wow an unforgettable experience! Was arranged as a surprise whilst we were on holiday in Madeira. Our first booking
LoveTravel776675
LoveTravel776675
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A trip not to be missed
Words don’t describe what we saw today - I will forever hold this trip in my heart. A family of Pilot whales swimm
HenriquePLprt
HenriquePLprt
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STRANGE BUT EXCELLENT REVIEW
As incredible as it may seem, this criticism is made without even having completed the tour... and we did not do it
Tim111086
Tim111086
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Brilliant!
We had a fantastic private whale and dolphin tour with Emanuel. The weather was perfect and Emanuel was incredibly
134aisham
134aisham
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Amazing
We did a private sunset cruise and it was absolutely amazing! Really recommend this experience, the staff at on tal
Andy E
Andy E
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Fantastic Whale spotting with Ontales
Fantastic private trip with Ontales. Captain Emanuel and shipman Chico did a great job looking after us all and kee
519lizb
519lizb
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Great private cruise
Just had a fabulous private charter with my family of 5. Saw many spotted dolphins (very lucky) & a couple of flyin
jcdcnyc
jcdcnyc
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A wonderful cruise around Madeira with On Tales
My husband and I had a fantastic morning cruise with On Tales. Emanuel, Chico, and Mayung made this experience very
450nikkiy
450nikkiy
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Wonderful
Just disembarked from our trip. Can’t highly recommend enough Emmanuel with his local knowledge about Madeira - so
ChrisEvelyneBrown
ChrisEvelyneBrown
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An amazing experience that would be one of the highlights of anyone’s holiday.
This was an excellent tour from start to finish. We saw so many dolphins, 2 turtles and a lot of other interesting
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