2½ hrs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
All ages
Guide Language

Whale and Dolphin Watching Machico

Whale and Dolphin Watching in Machico will certainly last in your memory even when you’re already back home. So, do not miss the chance to see some Whales, Dolphins and even Turtles and join us on this adventure.

The RIB has a maximum capacity of 12 and allows great interaction with our marine biologist who will reply to any questions you might have about the animals, so you will also learn something while you enjoy the animals and water. Since the boat is so low, you will be closer to the water and therefore closer to the animals, giving you an even more superb experience.

When arriving at the Whale Watching location, you will receive an explanatory briefing that will inform you of the safety rules and also about all the procedures in case swimming with dolphins is your choice. Afterwards, you will hop directly into our RIB boat with the certitude that you will have an amazing 2½ hours ahead.

As mentioned, swimming with dolphins will be included in this tour if possible. Warranty will not be given as this activity depends on the ocean conditions and above all respecting the dolphin species found. Swimming with dolphins can only be allowed with the right species of dolphins, when the group is calm and they don’t have too many babies.

Whenever the circumstances allow so, the crew makes a short stop in a bay at Ponta de São Lourenço so that you can jump into the water for a short swim.

The return to Machico’s marina will certainly be done with a smile on your face.




  • To make this tour Clean & Safe, the group sizes have been reduced from 12 to a maximum of 8 people.
  • Use of facemasks is mandatory
  • Disinfection of hands
  • Regular cleaning/disinfection of the boat


2½ hrs


09h30  –  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

15h00  –  Daily


Min. 5 – max. 12 (+ 2 crew members)




Fast Boat, with guide and marine biologist on board.
Guarantee (if there are no sightings a second trip is offered for free).
Swimming with Dolphins is free of charge. Swimming with dolphins will only be offered under certain circumstances: It is only possible with the right species of dolphin and when the group is not swimming fast.
Snorkeling equipment
Transfer free in Machico, Santa Cruz & Caniçal. Funchal & Caniço possible at extra fee — € 5 per person


Towel & Swimwear


This activity is subject to weather conditions, therefore there might be a possibility that it can be cancelled or postponed to a more suitable date.
Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before the start of the activity.


Cancellation Policy Free cancellation until 2 days before tour date. After that no refunds. If you need to reschedule a tour please contact us for possibilities.
Weather Conditions In case of bad weather conditions, a trip can be cancelled and rescheduled. You will be informed by the tour organizer before the trip
Arrival You need to arrive at least 20 minutes before the departure time at the meeting point as indicated on your booking papers, sent to you by email after booking.

For more information or request a booking for this tour get in touch with one of our team members or fill out the contact form below.


Frank Lenders
+ : (+351) 910 338 739
Languages: ENG, DE, NL
Nicole Slijpen

Languages: ENG, DE, NL



    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 5 reviews
    June 17, 2019

    Beste frank en rita
    de boottocht was echt supper we voelde ons echte vips! Pedro was een geweldige gastvrije en betrokken kapitein. Hij baalde oprecht enorm dat wij geen walvissen hebben gezien. Hij gunde het ons! Dat gaf al een warm gevoel! Super bedankt klaas en anita joon oet haelen bie remunj.

    June 22, 2019

    Dear Rita
    We enyojed de whalewatching tour very much. It was amazing we saw 3 whales near by our boat, a lot of dolphins and a turtle it was amazing!!

    September 1, 2019

    Het was super leuk om de walvissen en dolfijnen te spotten ik raad het zeker aan

    October 9, 2019

    This was an amazing experience filled with great moments and lots of emotions.
    The team is great, experienced and funny. The captain Pedro and the biologist Diana were very caring and always ready to help with whatever we needed.
    They also have waterproof coats and trousers that we could use at any time.
    We had the opportunity to swim with a big group of dolphins. That moment will stay forever in my memory because these beautiful creatures were just a few meters from me and watching them play underwater, swim at my side and jumping just next to me was somethig unique.
    I highly recomend this tour to all wild animal lovers.

    October 10, 2019

    Het is al weer 14 dagen geleden maar genieten nog na 🤩 Wat was dit een leuke ervaring. U regelde er een boot tussen door met allemaal Nederlanders. Top hoor!! Helaas niet met dolfijnen kunnen zwammen maar ze wel gezien en walvissen. Dan toch eventjes door naar de baai, hier heerlijk gezwommen. Wij hebben heerlijk genoten van deze trip!!

    October 10, 2019

    Beste Betsie, bedankt voor de lieve woorden. Ik (Nicole) heb er ook erg van genoten. Als jullie leuke foto´s van jullie tour willen zien kan dat via deze link. Ik heb ze ook al ddorgestuurd naar Amanda, dus wellicht hebben jullie ze al gezien.

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