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Cruise & Expedition trip to Desertas Island

Funchal, Portugal



No Cancellation

Group Size

15 people


English, Portuguese


On this full-day Sailboat trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. We will pull ashore in a sheltered cove to explore Deserta grande where you’ll be able to hike through unspoilt terrain and enjoy a guided tour which includes visiting the Nature Reserve and the watchmen’s dwelling.

Lunch aboard the yacht and swim in the crystal clear waters

Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea.

Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation centre to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

Adults (+15yo) – €90

Children (6yo – 15yo) – €50

Infants (0 – 5yo) – Free

With Lunch, drinks, sandwiches in the morning and when coming back.


*** Pay only a deposit and the rest in the Gavião Madeira counter in marina before departure ***










  • Lunch aboard the yacht and swim in the crystal clear waters
  • Small Group.


  • Snacks in the morning and afternoon
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Guided tour on land
  • Snorkelling
  • Pick-up and drop off service



Activities Categories

Desertas Island
Suitable for Children


Full Day (≥6h)

Type of Activity


Activity's Location

Funchal, Portugal


What to bring

Swimming suit Water shoes Solar protector Jacket

Know before you go

Dress appropriately for the weather


Check-in is obligatory 20 minutes before each trip at Kiosk Gavião Madeira, at the old Marina of Funchal.

Booking Confirmation

Upon your booking, you will receive an email. You just need to show the email to the agent.


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Cruise & Expedition trip to Desertas Island

I had the opportunity to see dolphin, whales, seals and sea-birds.

My favorite, as they use a proper yacht, a Nauticat, which has a large covered-in area below. They can take a maximum of 20 passengers (less people) and so offer a more personal service than the larger catamarans... I made 2 boat trips (Half day and Full day to Desertas), BOTH EXCELLENT :) I had the opportunity to see dolphin, whales, seals and sea-birds. Very nice, friendly & helpful crew with knollege of the wild life and island history There is also an opportunity to have a swim in the sea Thank you very much :)
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Cruise & Expedition trip to Desertas Island

I’m so glad he did book this trip.

I left my other half to book a trip to Porto Santo and he came back booking a trip to the Desertas, for €80 each which I thought was expensive. I would typically say if you want a job doing... I’m so glad he did book this trip. There were ten of us on the boat and 2 members of crew (who were phenomenal and incredibly knowledgeable) you set sail for three hours to the Desertas islands, dock, and walk on the island which is beautiful. We stopped for a fabulous lunch and got to snorkel around the island for a couple of hours. Brilliant- clear waters and so many diverse fish including Baracudas. We set sail back to Funchal. This will far exceed any dolphin watching trip you may have been on! We saw three types of dolphin, common, spotted and bottle nosed, all swimming around the boat. We saw pilot whales and loggerhead turtles. Brilliant experience and really great value. Drinks were included and the crew went above and beyond to make this a memorable day. Book it.
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Cruise & Expedition trip to Desertas Island

Ilhas Desertas

The fullday Ilhas Desertas trip is really recommended! We saw a lot of animals in the sea (multiple groups of pilot whales, common Atlantic dolphins, spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphin and even a turtle). Also the Main Ilha Desterta, where you get a small tour, is a beautiful place. Good lunch on the boat and some time to snorkel with a lot of fishes. We had an awesome day!
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