Bird, Whale & Dolphin Watching in Madeira

Watching sea birds, dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife on a 12 seats rigid-hulled inflatable boat off Machico, Madeira, Portugal

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Online Price: €40.00 EUR (per person) €20.00EUR (0-11y). * Book Wind Birds™ online and save time and money.
General Tour Price €45.00EUR applicable for bookings via other sales channels.


  • Watch Birds, Dolphins and Whales at close range
  • Cory's shearwaters, Bulwer's petrels and Fea's petrels
  • Listen to dolphins & whales' songs with our Hydrophone
  • The crew are experienced professional sailors, birdwatchers and naturalists
  • For higher success rate we use land spotters
  • Easy parking near Machico harbour

Madeira Boat Tours Details

The Atlantic Ocean around Madeira Islands can be considered blissful for marine mammals, as more than 20 species of cetaceans have been recorded to these warm waters, roughly one quarter of the entire world's species. Though almost all these marine species use Madeira waters as passage point, feeding area or for giving birth to its calves, cetaceans can be watched all year around.

The essence of these Madeira whale watching trips is to respect and understand nature, knowing that everyday is different, that the ocean is big and wildlife is not guaranteed. We are a proud boat trip operator in Madeira that strives for the sustainability of this ecotourism activity! Consequently we operate in an area with less sea trip operators, therefore minimizing the impact and disturbance on marine wildlife.

The adventure starts immediately after leaving the marina, looking for a feeding frenzy of seabirds, which normally is associated with dolphins and/or whales or for just a school of dolphins willing to play around the boat. The crew will always be looking for cetaceans so there is no itinerary on this trip and it will always depend on weather and sea conditions.

swimming with dolphins in madeira

On this seabird, dolphin & whale watching trip there might be people who booked for dolphin swimming and so we will watch their interaction with the dolphins. Note that this swimming experience is short, about 10 minutes and is restricted by four swimmers at a time and to only 2 species of dolphins: Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis and Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis.

Many ask when is the "Whale Watching Season in Madeira?" or "What is the best time to visit Madeira?" Having said that we observe Whales and Dolphins all year around, lets be fair, May to October is the best season in Europe for Wildlife and Madeira is no different. This is the time when sea conditions are better to spot cetaceans and when a bigger number of seabirds and sea mammals are around. Between November and February seabirds are hardly observed and the number of cetacean species around is smaller, being the Short-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala macrorhynchus, Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus and Short-beaked Common Dolphins Delphinus delphis the most sighted species in the winter.

The aim of Wind Birds' bird, dolphin and whale watching/swimming trips is to establish a connection between you and these magnificent marine animals in their natural habitat and to allow you the chance to admire scenic coastal views of Madeira.

Madeira Whales & Dolphins Checklist & Whale Watching Season Click to Download

Mammalia: Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus, Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus, Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni, Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus, Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis, Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris, Blainville's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon densirostris, Gervais' Beaked Whale Mesoplodon europaeus, Short-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala macrorhynchus, Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus, Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis, Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

Wildlife seen (last 7 days):

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis
Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Short-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni
Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedia
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii

Next boat trips:

Please contact us if you need to book another date, or in a date already fully booked, sometimes guests cancel their bookings.

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Tour days: Winter (Thursdays and Sundays). Summer (Every day). Please contact us for availability.
Departure times: 10am or 4pm *Other times are possible
Typical duration: 2h to 2h30

Space: maximum 12
Staff to Guest ratio?: 1:6
Tour Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Pick up location: Machico Harbour, Machico city (Southeast Madeira, VR1 Dual carriageway, exists 25 and 26). Easy parking at the marina. Transfer from Funchal, Caniço and Santa Cruz city centers and return is available on request for a surcharge - ask us.
Return details: Machico Harbour or original point of pick up.

Friendly advices: Take a warm & waterproof jumper, appropriate footwear (tennis or sandals), sun protector and hat .
Photography: Allowed and recommended. There is a possibility of your equipment getting wet with salt water spray.

†Price includes all taxes and fees. No extras are added to the shown price. Payable currency Euros.

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