Madeira’s coastline is 144 km long and boasts spectacular views, amazing cliffs, charming villages and stunning waterfalls. Perhaps one of the best ways to contemplate the landscapes of Madeira is, as in the “Age of Discovery”, across the sea.
Here are some suggestions, either radical or relaxing, so that you can explore Madeira, through the sea.
1. Take a boat trip along the coast
A boat trip is undoubtedly one of the most popular options, to discover the coast of Madeira. It is also an excellent opportunity to spot dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. You can rent a private yacht, ride a catamaran, a sports fishing boat, a sailing vessel, or even a replica of the Columbus ship. If you want something more romantic, we suggest a sunset walk. Whatever is your decision, be sure to visit the fascinating Desertas Islands Natural Reserve or Porto Santo Island, with its golden, paradisiacal sand beaches. There is a daily connection by ferry boat to Porto Santo, lasting 2h15m. It departs at 8 am and returns around 6 pm.
2. Dive or snorkel
The best way to discover the underwater life of Madeira is to snorkel or to dive.
One of the most popular spots for scuba diving in Madeira is the Garajau Nature Reserve. Here you can see barracudas, mackerels, giant anemones and even make close contact, with friendly groupers. In Porto Santo, there are two ships sunk around 30 meters of depth, the “Madeirense” and the “Corveta General D ‘Eça Pereira”. These two artificial reefs will captivate you thanks to its excellent visibility and rich biodiversity.
There are several certified diving companies in Madeira, and some hotels have their centers where you can practice this activity.
3. Practice water sports
If you enjoy getting active during your holidays, there’s a huge variety of fun water sports at your disposal. Windsurf, Kite-surf, Stand-up paddle or bodyboard are some of the options. You can also enjoy kayaking in the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic, surrounded by amazing cliffs and breathtaking views. Surf the challenging waves of Madeira. Jardim do Mar, Porto da Cruz and São Vicente are some of the most popular areas for practising this sport. If you like speed, you can also rent a jet ski.
4. Swim in the natural pools
One of the main attractions of Madeira is the natural salt water pools, located in Porto Moniz and Seixal and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
These pools formed by volcanic rocks, allow the sea to circulate naturally.
5. Accept a new challenge – Coasteering
If you are looking for a different activity that involves the sea, consider coasteering. At the easternmost point of the island of Madeira, in the area of Ponta de São Lourenço, there is a coasteering course. Discover the crystal clear waters of this beautiful peninsula as you climb its steep cliffs and then jump into the sea. This activity must be done in the presence of a qualified professional (guide or company) ensure that all safety is maintained.
Dive in these temperate waters and be amazed by the beauty of the Madeiran coast!