Sailing in Madeira is memorable for many reasons from the breath taking island scenery to the wealth of marine life. Our public sailing trips offer you the chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the islands in different seasons and times of the day and watch the wild dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and marine birds go about their daily lives. To make the most of your trip we recommend bringing a camera and binoculars if you have them. We also have sailing yachts available for private charter with or without skipper.
Sailing to Cabo Girao
Join us on our traditional sailing boat for a magical trip around Madeira. As we sail 5 or 6 nautical miles out to sea you'll get fantastic views of Madeira's south coast and lots of chances to see the whales and dolphins up close. Our friendly and experienced skipper with help you spot and identify Madeira's many marine mammals and birds and there'll also be good field guides on board for you to use as you wish. Weather permitting we'll anchor near the base of Cabo Girao the 2nd highest sea cliff in Europe where you can take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. So don't forget your swimming costume and towel. The boat has a service bar, rest room and warm coats for you to borrow if the weather turns cold.
Twice a day, everyday except Friday, all year round
10:30h or 14:45h departures
Price per person: €30
Includes experienced guide, insurance, free drink
Minimum: 4 people Maximum: 20 people
Please contact us to book yoour trip or for more information about sailing in Madeira
We also have a RIB speedboat boat
available for dolphin and whale watching, trips in this boat are €48/person or you can swim with wild dolphins for €65/person.
Explore the Deserted Islands
This full day trip takes you to Madeira's aptly named Ilhas Desertas (Deserted Islands). The islands are a nature reserve and important breeding site for birds and monk seals and this trip offers you the opportunity to observe some extraordinary marine birds and mammals in their natural habitat. The boat trip lasts 3 ½ hours each way with spectacular views across the archipelago. We then anchor in a sheltered bay on the island of Deserta Grande where you can swim in the cyrstal clear water. A traditional lunch will be served on board followed by a 45 minute guided tour of the island. Sailing back to Madeira you'll arrive back in Funchal as evening falls. You'll find that travelling at different times of the day means that each journey offers you new and interesting sights. A great opportunity to enjoy Madeira's wild side!
Every friday all year round, Wednesdays and Sundays June to Sept, other days on request for groups
9.00 am - 19.30 pm
price per person: €80
Includes experienced guide, insurance, lunch, drinks, and
2 € donation for the Monk-seals Conservation Program
Minimum: 6 people Maximum 20 people
2 Day Trip
This two day trip allows you to spend the night on the Ilhas Desertas- camp on the island or sleep onboard! A fantastic way to fully appreciate the island's diverse marine and bird life with guided tours during the day and at sunset. €135 per person includes experienced guide (naturalist and/or marine biologist), dinner (with drinks), breakfast, and and a €3 eco tax to the Madeira Natural Park. Lunch is not included- you can bring your own packed lunch or you can order a lunch package at €9/person, and bar service onboard.
Please contact us to book your trip or for more information about sailing in Madeira
Our smaller sailing yacht that is available for private charters.
Charter a boat
Our classic sailing and motor boat is available for charter all year round. Our experienced crew will sail with you for to a destination of your choice within the Archipelago of Madeira. The trip will be tailored to your exact needs whether you just want to relax and enjoy the sun and scenery or have a specialist interest such as diving or birdwatching. We also have smaller sailing yachts for charter. Charters can last from half a day to several days- please contact us to discuss your exact requirements.
Thank-you for your interest in sailing in Madeira. We hope to see you soon
other fun things to do in Madeira
sailing in Madeira photos copyright Luis Dias