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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unlike the others offering whale and dolphin watching, this lot use semi rigid inflatables so they can get you to the recent sighting places pretty quickly, and that means their offer of a free tivcket is you don't see dolphins is unlikely to be taken...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FamilyH68
Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

We booked this from home via TUI and what a treat - we first saw a huge group of pilot whales - there were so many we didn’t know where to look. Then we saw some bottlenose dolphins before the big one - a Fin...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank davidpL6419RF
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Our marine biologists Maggie was very welcoming and gave up detailed information about the whales and dolphins we could see. On our trip we managed to see the Pilot whale and Rissos dolphin which was rare in this area. The look outs did a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Y1237NAstevenc
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Went on an afternoon whale and dolphin watching tour with the family (children age 9 and 12). Had a great experience. Excellent boats and staff (guides and drivers). High level of safety and respect to the marine animals. We saw several groups of pilot whales....More

Thank L8252RYjessicam
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We booked this as a tour on a cruise. There were 16 or so and we were put on essentially an 18 person Zodiak type raft. The seating was very crowded and with the life jacket on, there was no room to move from our...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rich L
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Our guide Elena was very knowledgeable and offered a great tour. We were lucky enough to see a group of pilot whales and a huge pack of bottlenose dolphins with young ones as well. The rain on the way back to the port offered an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank laszlobenke85
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

I loved it! We went once and did not have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins so we got a free of charge retry. Helena and Nunu gave us an exciting new adventure were they risked getting in to trouble with their boss by...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amber H
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We headed straight out to sea, because sperm whales were spotted. It took some time, but finally we saw one. We were very close. The idea that there is a few 100 kilos heavy whale so close by is fascinating (you can only see a...More

Thank EkiaamZ
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We are so happy, the best value in Madeira. No frills or wanting more money. The purpose was to see dolphins and whales which we did. The guides especially Helena on boat one 20/09/18 was professional and lovely. The best 2.5 hours spent.. alot of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I had a great time with Chico and Magi and all the other nice passengers. We spotted 2 types of dolphins and 1 family of whales. Had the opportunity to be on the water with the dolphins swimming around the boat. A great experience and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Rich L
30 October 2018|
Response from terryc182 |
No idea. If you didn’t want to take off your life jacket then you didn’t have to. It’s your life...
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Response from Cetaceos1 | Property representative |
Hello , no We already had babys with 2 months age . Kind Regards
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Christine V
2 October 2016|
Response from Cetaceos1 | Property representative |
Hello , yes we Work all the year around . We only close at 25 of December . Best Regards