If you take a boat trip on the seas that surround the archipelago (Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens), you are very likely to encounter dolphins, whales, turtles and/or sea lions, and there are already designated feeding areas.
There are about twenty different species of whales, including one of the largest whales in the world – the common whale – which reaches about 20 meters in length as an adult.
Sometimes schools of dolphins, in groups of about 50, swim in front of the boats accompanied by their young. The short-beaked dolphin and bottlenose dolphin are the most common species.
Turtles are also observed regularly, especially on a calm sea, or ‘turtle’ sea as it is commonly referred to locally. They come from the American coast, cross the Atlantic via the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde, and then return to America.
Explore the Island from the Sea, You are very Likely to Spot Dolphins or Whales. Go Sailing, by Caravel or Catamaran
Recommended Boat Trips:
Dolphin and Whale Watching with Seaborn Catamaran:
Dolphin and Whale Watching with VMT Catamaran
Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip
Boat Tour – Calhau da Lapa & Fajã dos Padres
Sunrise or Sunset Private Sailboat Tour
Beautiful Bays with Bonita da Madeira