Boot Trips / Calheta

Dolphin and Whale watching from Calheta

In Calheta different boats are offering dolphin and whale watching tours. You also have the possibility to snorkel with dolphins. 



Person: Service: Price:
Adult RIB "Pampero" 50,- Euro
Adult Fishing Boat "Ribeira Brava" 44,- Euro
Adult  Zodiac "Stenella" 55,- Euro
Adult Sailing Boat "Ilheu" from 40,- Euro
Adult Snorkeling with dolphins from 65,- Euro

All year round you can watch dolphins and whales off the coast of Madeira. Near the coast the Atlantic has already a depth of 3000m which means a perfect habitat for a lot of different marine life as for example Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin,  Common Dolphin, Striped Dolphin, Risso´s Dolphin,  Rough-toothed Dolphin, False Killer Whale, Short-finned Pilot Whale, Blainville´s Beaked Whale, Sperm Whale, Bryde's Whale, Sei Whale, Fin Whale and sometimes even Orcas, Blue Whales, Minke and Humpback Whales

The sighting success for the journeys from Calheta is over 90%.


The "Pampero" is a speedboat with place for 12 passangers and 2 crew members. Next to the whale and dolphin watching this boat is offering a short swim stop and the possibility of snorkling with dolphins.

  • Guaranteed sighting included or you get your money back
  • Explanations of the sighted animals and their habitat
  • Possibility of Snorkeling with dolphins

Summer time: daily at 09:30a.m., 12:00p.m. and 03:30p.m. - Winter time: daily at 10:30a.m. and 02:30p.m.

Adults: 50,- Euro, Children 2 to 15 years: 25,- Euro

No children under 2 years allowed.


The "Ribeira Brava" is a cozy traditional Madeiran fishing boat, which has been restored with lots of love. It has place for 16 passengers and 4 crew members. It's offering you the freedom of movement and a toilet below deck.

  • Explanations of the sighted animals and their habitat

Daily at 10:00a.m. and 02:30p.m. (October-June, closed on Sundays) and at 10:00a.m., and 03:00p.m. (July- September)

Adults: 44,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 45,-), Children 2-15 years: 22,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 25,-)


The "Stenella" is a modern zodiac with place for 12 passangers and 2 crew members. This sporty boat has a length of 9meters and a width of 3 meters and is driven by two 250PS-motors.

Daily at 10:00a.m. and 03:00p.m. (October-June, closed on Sundays) and at 10:00a.m., 02:00p.m. and 05:00p.m. (July-September)

Adults: 55,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 57,-), Children 4 -15 years: 33,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 35,-)

Children under 4 years on request

Ribeira Brava and Stenella are belonging to the team of Lobosonda.


The sailing boat "Ilheu" is a  1946 gaffering ketch, built in New Hampshire, USA. The capitain is a well-known sailer who has done more than 50 Atlantic crossings. The boat has a passanger carrying capacity of maximum 8 people. The price includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The "Ilheu" can also be chartered all day. More information can be found here.

Daily at 10:00a.m., 03:00p.m. and 07:00p.m. (sunset tour)

Price: 75,- Euro per person, from 4 person: 40,- Euro/person


Snorkeling with dolphins: 

At this activity you are not actively swim with dolphins but passively float on the surface and being towed slowly on a rope which is connected with the zodiac. This guarantees a gentle and safe encounter for both parties. It is very important that you are familiar with using a snorkel and a mask.


Snorkeling with dolphins with the "Pampero":

Adults: 70,- Euro, Children under 15 years: 45,- Euro


Snorkeling with dolphins with the "Stenella":

Adults: 70,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 89,-), Children under 15 years: 48,- Euro (from 01.02.23: € 67,-)

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