Starting Point

Funchal Marina


Twice a day


Free cancelation until 24 hours before

Weather Conditions

If the Tour is Cancelled Full Refunded will be issued


Rota dos Cetáceos offers dolphin and whale watching tours in Madeira, led by marine biologists. With land-based lookouts guiding us, our trips allow for dolphin swims and observing diverse marine life in their natural habitat.


  • Wind-breaker
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Sun cream


Additional Info

There is an extra cost if you wish to swim with dolphins.

Start Times

Every day from:
  • 09h00
  • 13h30
rota dos cetaceos

Prices for all ages


+12 years (doesnt include swimming)



up to 11 years



up to 5 years


Swimming with Dolphins

Adults +12 years


Swimming with Dolphins

Children up to 11 years


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530 reviews

***CAUTION*** Only Suitable in Calm Seas & Sunny Weather
Stephen A - 13 March 2024
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We had booked the trip 1 week earlier and unfortunately on 12th March there was light rain, low grey clouds and grey and choppy sea. As we left the port, it was clear in the poor weather conditions we were not going to see any whales, dolphins, turtles, etc and Rota probably knew that BUT did not cancel and reschedule the trip - and that is not acceptable...
A Must See!
Tudor M - 27 October 2023
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Definitely a worthy trip to see the wonders of the coasts of Madeira. We saw lots of pilot dolphins and a sperm whale, we got close enough to take great photos with no rush to move on. All in all an amazing trip!
chapmak11 - 25 September 2023
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We’ll organised and Carolina our marine biologist was hugely informative. Came across after about 40 minutes a pod of pilot whales, with some bottlenose dolphins. Then a bit further on we came across a pod of spotted dolphins and those that paid to swim by the side of the rib boat were able to do so. I recommend Rota as your go to for this type of experience in Funchal
Whale watching
Stratford K - 24 August 2023
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We saw two sets of pilot whales - was lovely - other boats were closer which was sad - also got impression there was no chance of swimming with dolphins even if we saw them as likely young ones in pod
Excellent trip from a well organised company
Chops180 - 21 August 2023
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Had the dolphin and whale watching this morning, the staff were lovely, good sense of humour and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to swim with the dolphins but as they explained beforehand if the conditions weren’t right then it wouldn’t be possible and we were explained, without prompting, that the refund would come automatically. The trip was successful with regard to watching though...

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