Whale and Dolphin Watching in Calheta, Madeira: Wild Animal Encounters with an Adrenaline Rush
868 Ratings
Vila da Calheta

Encounter exhilarating instances with untamed creatures in their native environment, complete with an added dash of thrill!

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • H2O Madeira - Whale & dolphin watching - Madeira’s strategic position enables encounters with a diverse array of sea mammals. Since these creatures often migrate, their positions are constantly changing. Our land-based Spotter uses binoculars to pinpoint their location and relay this information to our crew, ensuring a respectful and intimate viewing experience. Our RIB Boat’s speed allows for prompt responses, increasing the likelihood of spotting cetaceans and providing additional time to search for other marine life. We are dedicated to maximizing your exposure to the wonders of the natural world!
What's Included
  • Expert local guide accompanies the tour
  • Knowledgeable driver/guide ensures a smooth trip
  • Enjoy live commentary on board for an immersive experience
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information
  • No pets are allowed on board
H2O Madeira - Whale & dolphin watching
We ask you to do the check-in 20 minutes before departure at our Store "H2oMadeira", at the Marina of Calheta (Level 0). (https://g.page/h2omadeira?share) Parking: we suggest the marina's parking house. It is the closest and less expensive one in the area (https://maps.app.goo.gl/ibghPFvE1c7nxm5B8)
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Apr 8, 2024
Great tour on the second attempt - We were very happy with the tour. We didn't see any animals the first time, so we were able to go on the boat a second time for free. The boats are great and the trip is great fun.
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Mar 28, 2024
Great trip as long as you're prepared for a bumpy ride - Very slick operation. We saw common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. Team even collected litter from the ocean. I would suggest it needs to be made clearer that people who have injuries, or are elderly or pregnant, would likely be best to avoid this trip as it takes place on a rib travelling up to 37 knots and is very bumpy at points!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 19, 2024
Do: look at dolphins in their world - Very worthwhile. The explanation given in excellent English was also very nice; The boats and engines are in excellent condition and you are really more than two hours offshore. And what beautiful animals they are, those dolphins. Especially when they are doing their own thing in their own world. Recommended.
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Mar 19, 2024
It was a pleasure! - we had so much fun! It was a real pleasure! Thanks for having us! The crew were so nice and funny. They informed us about the dolphins in detail! The boat trip was an experience in itself. It was my first trip like that and I definitely would book a second (or third :) ) time! Thank you guys! 10/10
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Mar 6, 2024
Amazing - Incredible experience, super friendly guide, duration almost 3 hours when it was 2 hours. Superb walks and dolphins nearby
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Mar 1, 2024
I really have seen whales - The best experience ever. I have seen sperm whales and dolphines and learned a lot about this animals. A team of young professionals and a boat very confortable. Thank so much also for the pictures.
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Mar 1, 2024
Dream comming true! - What a great trip! The guide and captain were very nice and told fun facts about the whales and dolphins we encountered. Along the way we fished waste out of the sea because it obviously doesn't belong here. Through a spotter on land we were able to spot a group of sperm whales and a group of spotted dolphins. highly recommended!
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Feb 28, 2024
Magical moments - We were able to observe two groups of common dolphins and a group of pilot whales. The observation is done very respectfully: slow approach up to around fifty meters, it is the animals which will make the last meters to come see us. Very friendly staff giving explanations in English. In the top !!
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Feb 28, 2024
Dolphin and whale watching outing - We had a lot of fun during this activity! The boat was very good and suitable for dolphin and whale watching! 🐳🐬🐋 Raquel and Toni were great
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Feb 27, 2024
Speechless and only to be recommended - We set out on the adventure with no expectations and hey presto, we saw pilot whales and dolphins. You can see how H20 want to protect the animals and this is evident in several ways: spotters are used to spot the animals and the engine is switched off as soon as the animals are seen. Another really great thing is that at the end we made 3 stops to see a village from the outside and 2 waterfalls. We were also able to drive along the coast, which was really fantastic. And to top it all off, we had a bit of fun with the 300 hp boat and the boatman showed what he could do. Simply GREAT!!!!!
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up to 12 guests
1 Adult
April 2024