- The Atlantic Ocean around Madeira Islands is blissful for marine animals
- See Madeira’s incredible array of marine life up close, including several species of whale, dolphin, turtles and seabirds
Departing from Machico Harbour on the southeast of the island, this Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat takes you out into the warm waters of the Atlantic, on the hunt for seabirds such as shearwaters and petrels. Large numbers of these birds often indicates the presence of cetaceans, which off Madeira include bottlenose and striped dolphins, and sperm and pilot whales. March to September is the best time to see large pods playing or feeding in this area, and it’s not unknown to see Blue whales here too, the largest living creature on the planet. What a bonus that would be!
You’ll be passing a nature reserve, and the live commentary on board will explain the history and evolution of Madeira. If a large pod of dolphins is encountered, you’ll be able to slip on your snorkels and paddle around with them for a while, bearing in mind that only small groups can enter at one time, to ensure the dolphins are not disturbed. A fantastic voyage, we’re sure you’ll agree.