VipDolphins: Affordable Luxury Whale Watching Experience in Madeira
991 Ratings
Experience affordable luxury whale watching in Madeira with VipDolphins. Enjoy Portuguese sparkling wine, cocktails, local wines, and appetizers while spotting dolphins and whales. Book now!
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • VipDolphins Catamaran Whale Watching - We will sail from the Marina of Funchal to find some dolphins and whales, after we will stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters, at the bottom of Cabo Girao.
What's Included
  • Towels
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Snacks
  • Tea and coffee
  • Blankets
  • Alcoholic beverages
What's Not Included
  • Pick-ups
Additional Information

We stand as the sole company in Madeira offering a premium Whale Watching journey at a reasonable cost to witness dolphins and whales. You’ll be greeted with superior Portuguese sparkling wine, and everything for your tour is taken care of - from cocktails and local wines to local fruit drinks, appetizers, and traditional local biscuits available throughout the journey. Our boat is modern and outfitted with shower and bathroom facilities.

VipDolphins Catamaran Whale Watching
Praça do Povo
Check-in Should be done 30 minutes before departure. Check-in should be done on VipDolphins Kiosk in turistic marina of Funchal
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(991 Ratings)
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Feb 19, 2024
we loved it - We checked the weather forecast and booked in advance as it's difficult to get the space for next day. The catamaran was clean and spacious and the crew was amazing. There is plenty to drink and eat. What is most important we have seen dolphins in their natural habitat! Unfortunately we run out of time, so there was no swimming. Be aware that you might experience sea sickness (as I did), but I was looked after amazingly by the staff.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 19, 2024
Amazing trip - We boarded the catamaran and promptly left for dolphin watching. We were greeted with champagne and some snacks all tasty and fresh. We have founded the dolphins and it was amazing to see them in their natural habitat. Unfortunately 'the hunt' took longer then expected, so there was no time for swimming.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 18, 2024
Over the top experience !!! - This was a really great experience ! Captain Pedro and his crew took great care of us, we enjoyed a very comfortable boat ride, saw some pilot waves, swam with the fishes, drink and ate delicious Portuguese/madeira specialties. Over the top experience !!!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 15, 2024
Professional VIP trip - We have done a few dolphin and whale watching boat trips In various countries and this we definitely the best. We saw dolphins and sperm whales. The crew are hugely attentive and helpful. The VIP tag is correct. Glasses of fiz in hands in a lovely clean catamaran there is no more relaxing way to get a glimpse of wildlife and check out the Madeira coastline. While bobbing away at sea watching dolphins you couldn’t help but feel smug next to the huge overcrowded boat near us As promised they sent us some amazing photos so really just sit back and watch the wildlife and don’t bother trying to take your own photos Highly recommended company
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 15, 2024
First class trip for Whale watching! - Very well organised. Crew were lovely and very helpful. Refreshments enjoyable. There was plenty of room, as they limit numbers, so the whole trip was very comfortable. The crew took loads of photos, that were sent to us, and included their ‘best shots’ from previous trips which was an added bonus. The crew also came round an talked 121 about the different whales and dolphins that visit the shores - very informative. I know you can do this trip cheaper but I thought, for the reasons above, this was money very well spent and I would certainly recommend VipDolphins.
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Feb 15, 2024
Excellent experience - Excellent trip with great staff and lovely drinks and snack. No more than 17 people travel on this boat. Great value for money. Thanks again. Alan
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Feb 14, 2024
If you decide to go whale watching go with VIP Dolphins - We had never been whale watching before and were not sure what to expect. The boat only takes a small number of people, so there is a seat for everyone. We had 3 hours of VIP treatment. The staff really do make sure you have everything you need; drinks, lovely snacks, information about the sightings and how it works. We were very lucky half way through the trip to see Pilot Whales and a baby whale. The crew were very attentive. We had a great time and would highly recomend this company.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 8, 2024
INCREDIBLE - AMAZING!! What an absolutely incredible experience. We were so lucky to see pilot whales. The boat, the crew, the food, the cocktails all fantastic. Would 110% recommend!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 6, 2024
A simply brilliant experience - A simply brilliant experience. During our two week stay on Madeira we were lucky enough to take two trips with VIP Dolphins. They are aptly named as they make you feel like a VIP throughout the 3 hour voyage. We were unlucky on the first trip as there were no whale or dolphin sightings but we still enjoyed it enormously. We were so well looked after by the friendly and attentive crew who kept us well supplied with drinks and snacks. True to their word the company gave us a voucher for a free second trip as there were no animal sightings on the first. We took this a week later and were lucky this time, as about an hour into the voyage a pod of pilot whales was spotted and we then raced over to have a close encounter, which was very rewarding. We looked upon both of these trips as highlights of our holiday and would highly recommend this experience. The high standard of customer service was undoubtedly a major factor in this and we would like to thank the crew members that we encountered on our two trips, namely: Bruno, Nico, Maggie and skipper Pedro.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 4, 2024
Luxury sea quest - A small group trip abroad a luxury catamaran with an open bar and delicious snacks in search of dolphins & whales. Despite the very rough sea conditions at the time the captain managed to track down a pod of pilot whales for us to get a close view of. The crew and captain were excellent being very kind and attentive as well as very knowledgeable about the area and the whales we discovered. Highly recommend it, a great experience and well worth the money.
Review provided by Viator
Select Date and Tickets
up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024