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Whale, Dolphin and Turtles Watching provided by Oceansee

Whale, Dolphin and Turtles Watching

Whale, Dolphin and Turtles Watching
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from €45.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Last updated: 2 Jul 2020
A note from Whale, Dolphin and Turtles Watching
We have an extra facemask in case you will forget your own. For each passenger we provide a windshield clothes and snorkeling equipment, which is cleaned and sanitized after each use. But if you wish, you can take your own stuff. The safety of everyone is a priority in our company!
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
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 74691P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
windbreaker coats • Bottled water • Photo report
Duration
2h
Departure details
Praça do Povo, Av. Do Mar 4, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal OceanSee Marina Kiosk. Praca do Povo 9000-900 Funchal
Inclusions
windbreaker coats • Bottled water • Photo report
Departure details
Praça do Povo, Av. Do Mar 4, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal OceanSee Marina Kiosk. Praca do Povo 9000-900 Funchal
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
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 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Praça do Povo
    Av. Do Mar 4, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal
    OceanSee Marina Kiosk. Praca do Povo 9000-900 Funchal
    See address & details
  • 1
    Oceansee
    Stop: 2 hours
    On the 2h trip During the first hour we ride into the ocean to find some dolphins and whales. In our program, there are many chances to experience the encounters with several species during the same trip, as we have a lookout on the land that tell us where the animals are and guide us to them. After you have the opportunity to enjoy views of the West coast of Funchal. You will be able to see Cabo Girão(582m) – The second highest sea cliff in the world and is the highest in Europe. During the summer we take a 20 min stop for a swim next to Fajãs do Cabo Girão. On the way back we will sail closer to land in order to enjoy the view while soaking in interesting information from our biologist.
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  • You'll end at
    Praça do Povo
    Av. Do Mar 4, 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal
    OceanSee Marina Kiosk. Praca do Povo 9000-900 Funchal
    See address & details
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Nim
Staines, UK8 contributions
Good views but no guarantee
Overall the trip was lovely and the hosts were so nice. We only saw dolphins and the likelihood of seeing turtles and whales is pretty low and even dolphins you only see a few of but in general it’s a smooth ride and nice when/if you do see dolphins.
Written 17 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kazza88871
worthing81 contributions
Fabulous!
Oct 2020 • Couples
We had a fab trip. We were originally booked with Oceansee, but they had a problem with their boat and so kindly arranged for us to be transferred to Ventura for our trip. It was amazing. We saw a very large group of pilot whales, we were so close we could hear them using their blow holes! It was incredible! The crew were very mindful of not stressing the animals, and we could only stay for 15 mins, without the engine on, which I thought was so caring. We were then lucky enough to find a pod of very playful spotted dolphins, who were very happy to come right beside the boat and chase along with us. Beautiful creatures. One was even happy to do a massive leap out of the water 3 metres high!! It was magical. This is the only way anyone should view these beautiful mammals. In their natural habitat.
A bit bumpy on the boat on the way out, but fabulous and smooth on the way back!! Do it!!
Written 16 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Oleksandr V
Czech Republic80 contributions
Best speedboat on Madeira
We had amazing experience and saw dolphins so close. They have biologist which can answer on any questions you have. Must do on Madeira. Recommend.
Written 25 September 2020
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Cina F
Budapest, Hungary13 contributions
2 amazing pods of Dolphins
Aug 2020
We embarked with a nice biologist and crew captain in what was a nice speedboat.

I was afraid of potential sea sickness but that didn't turn out to be an issue at all although be aware the ride can get quite bouncy when going against the stream.

We managed to see two whales (admittedly from far), one turtle and then were blessed with 2 pods of dolphins. The scene was amazing as we were amazingly close to dozens of dolphins taking turns from jumping out of the surface, it was frankly amazing.

I seem to understand we were quite lucky, ultimately we depend a lot on the luck of the day and a lot of the trip is going through the water in the hope of catching something.
Written 5 August 2020
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ocean_see17
Dear Guest, We appreciate you taking your time to write us your honest review. We glad that you have enjoyed your experience with us and would like to thank you for choosing our company for whales and dolphins watching experience. It is true, some sort of luck works for our trips, but for all of our tours we are using the services of Look outs, who are searching for the animals from the land and giving us the direction, where should we go at the start and during the trip. With their help we are able to see more than 1 animal species during the ride. Our company trying to encourage people to observe cetaceans in their natural habitat, without making any harm to them, by not feeding the animals for our guests entertainment. But we are lucky that the waters of Madeira Island are reach for the different mammals, that is why we garantee the sightseeing of at least one sea life. Otherwise we propose another trip for free. We were happy to have you on our board and shere with you those special moments and we hope to see you again. Best regards OceanSee team
Written 6 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alcofrolic
Glasgow, UK425 contributions
A birthday I will never forget
Feb 2020 • Couples
I booked this trip for my birthday hoping upon all hope I got to see whales (no offence to the cute dolphins) but seeing whales would have been an absolute dream. There were only us and another couple booked on the 9.30am trip which was nice and plenty of room on the speedboat. The driver and marine biologist were great, very friendly and continued to communicate with us. Not far off the shore we were informed there were some Spotted dolphins, the rules are only 2 boats at any time so we waited but I was so pleased that they had these rules and you know that the conservation is priority. One boat moved off and we were able to move closer for a real close up photo opportunity, it didn’t disappoint, they swam around the boat playfully which again was great to see. Another rule is only 10 minutes at a spot so we moved on to leave the dolphins in their own habitat. We sailed for a while round the east coast of the island which had lovely views. Just when I thought the dolphins were the only wildlife we were lucky enough to see we cane upon a family of pilot whales which was perfect. They swam around in their own without being distracted by us being there (we kept enough distance). It was so surreal I burst into tears. I loved the experience and thanks for delivering my birthday dream. 🐳🐬🐋
Written 17 February 2020
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Cindy C
Upton upon Severn, UK21 contributions
Just awesome
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were rescheduled for our booked day to the next day but this was not a problem as we had booked our trip the day after we had arrived so had lots of days ahead of us. Wouldnt be so good if the original booking was our last day though. The weather was pouring rain but by the time our boat was ready it was sunny. We were given anti sickness pills if we needed them and water for free. The skipper and marine biologist on board were fabulous. We had life jackets and eveything was explained. There was constant communication from people with binoculars and telescopes on land to the skipper so he knew where to go to get close to the whales and dolphins. We saw a female pilot whale and her baby. We saw lots of cheeky dolphins that came alongside our speedboat. Even if we hadnt seen any whales or dolphins I'd have been happy because the boat went fast on the water and that made me smile and laugh. Would absolutely recommend this company. We felt really looked after. Well done Ocean See
Written 22 January 2020
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Marie T
5 contributions
Great time with experts of the ocean
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were very happy to observe the dolphins on a sunny day. The crew was very kind and gave us a lot of informations.Great time
Written 1 January 2020
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ocean_see17
Dear Guest (s), Thank You for choosing OceanSee for your dolphin and whale watching tour! We are happy that you were satisfied with your trip. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, OceanSee team
Written 8 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karla L
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
Worth the price
Dec 2019 • Family
We chose this company and speed boat option for the guarantee: should we not see whales/dolphins, we could sail again another day.

First an almost frustrating time of 40 minutes, just driving the boat east of Funchal, the coastline and mountains was nice to look at, but the sun was burning and no dolphins... Then, suddenly, they were everywhere around us! Atlantic spotted dolphins, a big herd of them. So beautiful, fast, and free. I started crying, it was so intense a moment.

We spent the allowed 10-15 minutes floating there, the crew dropped down an underwater microphone so we could hear the dolphins.

My 8 yo daughter unfortunately became motion sick and threw up over board and in the boat, but the crew (captain and guide) were quite jovial about it.

Back to Funchal was great fun with "full speed" against the waves, sea sickness was not a problem anymore, it was just the floating.
Written 21 December 2019
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ocean_see17
Dear Guest (s), Thank You for choosing OceanSee for your dolphin and whale watching tour! We are happy that you were satisfied with your trip. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, OceanSee team
Written 8 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul
Edinburgh, UK17 contributions
Great Experience
Very friendly and knowlegable staff. Speedboat was a great way to travel about and see as much as possible, very fun way to travel too. Seen lots of pilot whales, striped dolphins and common dolphins. All in all it was very good experience!
Written 26 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
ocean_see17
Dear Guest (s), Thank You for choosing OceanSee for your dolphin and whale watching tour! We are happy that you were satisfied with your trip. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, OceanSee team
Written 8 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

emily s
Warrington, UK26 contributions
Exhilarating fun!
Wow! What a day! We saw dolphins twice — dozens of them right by the boat! — and pilot whales. The speed boat was a great exciting experience just please be aware that if you sit near the front it can get VERY bumpy and you will get soaked. We got entirely soaked from head to toe! Though they do provide ponchos and life jackets.

The staff were wonderful, the woman on board was so kind and knowledgable.

People with back problems be warned: if it is choppy — and you can’t really tell from shore if it is — your back will be in bits! Nothing two straight days in the jacuzzi didn’t fix but it was a bit more painful than we imagined! Totally worth it ten times over to experience the wildlife in their natural environment
Written 7 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
ocean_see17
Dear Guest (s), Thank You for choosing OceanSee for your dolphin and whale watching tour! We are happy that you were satisfied with your trip. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, OceanSee team
Written 8 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amazing boat tours
We booked three private tours with Oceansee and were not disappointed. Super accommodating with our last minute req
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Nice trip in the afternoon with dolphins
We booked the afternoon trip with Oceansea, because we read many good reviews here. And we have not been disappoint
Evgeny B
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Exciting and interesting
Nice and friendly crew, interesting and competent explanations. These guys do love sea creatures:) We enjoyed a lot
NorthExplorers
NorthExplorers
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Excellent Value.
We did the two hour trip yesterday on the Rib. Saw so many dolphins and a sperm whale. The staff were so passionate
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100% satisfied
The guides were very kind and friendly. We've seen 3 kind of dolphins and a whale. Used the speedboat which is fun
759jitkal
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Great experience
We took a ride on a speedboat (there was only 8 people within a driver and a biologist on the boat) and saw 2 pods
Claus M
Claus M
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Great boat trip watching cetaceans
Excellent trip on a speedboat! But watch out - you will possibly get a bit wet. Great fun for kids and adults...
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Great trip
Booked the RIB boat trip. The booking process online was very easy and the staff very efficient and friendly. We ma
Michael R
Michael R
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See Fun!
A great time with friends and family. The boat ride was enjoyable, fast, and smooth thanks to the Captain. Eugénia
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Plow the sea...with !
A nice ride off the island but with poor results.Τhe crew did a good job but the whales no.Several dolphins and som
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Catamaran trip
Went to the morning Catamaran trip. We saw the dolphins and had also time to swim. Everything worked just like it w
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Fantastic day!
Just wanted to say we’ve had a fantastic boat trip today with Ocean See! We were so so lucky and saw lots (maybe
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Respectful Cruise
It was a spontaneous trip from us but the team managed this very well, so we were able to participate. We saw two
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Amazing - Highly recommend
Tour guide was great. Very informative and friendly. Would recommend anyone tourists to give it a go
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