When you go canyoning you can find yourself abseiling (rappelling) through canyons, down waterfalls, walking over narrow, winding gorges, jumping down and across, wading and swimming through clear natural pools and crossing waterfalls using ropes and mountaineering equipments. So it's a lot of fun!
Madeira?s subtropical climate and a landscape carved out by volcanoes in centuries past make it a top destination for canyoning. The scenery is stunning and canyoning is an exhilarating way to discover normally inaccessible parts of the island.
As canyoning is an adventure sport it is important to go with a knowledgeable guide and to use the correct equipment. Our specialist guides are all experienced and qualified and will provide all the necessary equipment and instruction and will tailor the canyoning trips to the needs of the group. Each trip starts with a briefing so you know what to expect. Canyoning is available all year round- weather and water conditions permitting. It is €60pp.
Anyone can go canyoning as long as they?re adventurous, can swim and enjoy getting wet and dirty! No previous canyoning experience is required. You should bring your swim suit or trunks, sports shoes you don't mind getting wet, a towel and change of clothes.
Some of our canyoning trips
There are several possible canyoning routes and the exact route will be chosen by the guides depending on the water conditions at the time of your trip. The rivers are in the protected Laurisilva forest- an area of great natural beauty so it makes for a really memorable trip. Here are some examples of the trips we offer regularly. Please contact us for more information about canyoning in Madeira
or to choose the right trip for you.
In the heart of the Laurel forest Ribeiro Frio is one of the most beautiful places in Madeira for canyoning. Not only is the landscape breathtaking but it offers plenty of natural challenges to overcome and an exciting trip for beginners and intermediate canyoners. This tour includes 6 rappels, with the longest descent being 20m, as well as swimming, jumping and wading.
Ribeira das Cales
An adventure within the Ecological Park of Funchal. This canyoning trips starts in Chao da Lagoa at an altitude of approximately 1500m. Along the route you will need to overcome natural obstacles by rappelling, swimming and jumping into the freshwater pools and lakes. There are 4 rappels the longest of which is about 15 metres high and at the end of the route we have a fantastic surprise in store for you!
These canyoning trips are available all year round weather and water conditions permitting, usually on Wednesdays and Sundays but we can sometimes do other days too. They last for approximately 3h30 including journey time and the price per person is €60?with a minimum of 4 people in the group. This includes: a specialist guide, use of wetsuit, eight point harnesses and carabiners, an energy bar, a license to canyon in the forest, insurance and pick up from the hotels in the Funchal area in minibuses.
Ribeiro do Poço do Bezerro
For experienced canyoners: a challenging canyoning trip within the Laurel forest, along the the Ribeiro do Poço do Bezerro. This trip includes 23 technical descents requiring ropework (rappels or abseils), technical down-climbing, technical jumps and technical swims, the highest descent is 18 metres.
Subject to availability.
Thank-you for your interest in canyoning in Madeira. We hope to see you soon