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Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Funchal, Portugal



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English, Portuguese


Have you already heard of the archipelago just outside the island of Madeira, called Desertas Islands? This natural reserve is a unique place to visit, with wild landscapes and complete absence of any human form of living! A true deserted group of islands and perfect for a day trip with our boat tour to Desertas Islands in Madeira! Come aboard our comfortable catamaran for a full-day tour (9 hours) to explore this fascinating piece of nature! This tour leaves in the early morning from Funchal and returns here around 18h.
On this boat tour to Desertas Islands, you have a full day of fun, pure emotions and impressive views! Chances are also very high we will see some wild whales, dolphins and sea-birds. At Desertas Islands, we will anchor and get on land for about 3 hours. Here you can choose to join our small guided tour around the wild landscapes of the island to learn about its preservation.
If you don’t want that, you can also make use of the SUP Boards or snorkelling equipment to explore the waters around the islands. Our friendly crew will also serve you a delicious lunch on board before going back to Madeira island. For your maximum comfort, there are bathrooms onboard as well as a lot of shade and a bar where you can buy further drinks! This is the perfect day tour for the entire group of friends or family! You will surely never forget this magical place, so join us for this boat tour to Desertas Islands in Madeira!


Adults (+12yo) – €90

Children (5yo – 11yo) – €50

Infants (0 – 4yo) – Free


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


  • Feel free to take a refreshing dive and enjoy a swim;
  • Enjoy the view over the amazing coastline from a unique perspective;
  • Smart, young and skilled staff, willing to provide you an unforgettable experience;
  • This experience will give you access exclusive areas far from the busy touristic areas;
  • The focus of this boat trip is to enjoy the beautiful coastline, but you may be lucky and encounter some wild dolphins or other sea life.


  • A delicious lunch is included;
  • A local captain will give you onboard commentary about the sights;
  • A safety briefing by a multilingual guide, insurance and life-jackets are included;
  • We have gear onboard to try some snorkeling;
  • We'll serve some drinks and snacks, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off



Activities Categories

Desertas Island
Stand Up Paddle
Suitable for Children


Full Day (≥6h)

Type of Activity


Activity's Location

Funchal, Portugal


What to bring
Not allowed
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Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

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Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Great fun day out with a trip around the nature reserve

Great fun day out with a trip around the nature reserve and the chance to swim, snorkel, paddle board and kayak all in one trip. Crew are absolutely fabulous and genuinely seem to love their jobs and love sailing. They were friendly and helpful and keen to get everyone to try something new i.e. paddle boarding. Lunch was included and was pretty amazing considering everything was preprepared and taken on the catamaran. We also took a detour to see dolphins on the way back. This is a fairly long trip and so if you get travel sick make sure you are prepared in advance. My daughter was ill on the way there (and some others) and the crew were very professional, gave her a tablet, and kept checking up on her. They are obviously used to it and deal with this very well.
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Francesca B

I truly recommend this experience!!

I had this trip on my last day in Madeira, with my friends. We really appreciated the trip, and we had the opportunity to visit Desertas Islands, to try stand paddle and canoeing, to see a monk seal and a lot of dolphins!! Unfortunately, there were only 2 boards to do stand-up paddle and no all of us could try it. Same for the snorkeling masks. We would have liked to stay in the islands more! Nevertheless the staff was very nice and helpful, above all the woman (I don't remember the name, unfortunately). I truly recommend this experience!!
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Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

great value for money and we will definitely do it again.

A full day trip to the Desertas Islands was a wonderful experience. The crew were excellent and the guide was very knowledgeable and it was a great experience to go ashore and discover the little museum for the monk seals and learn about the wildlife on the islands (very different to Madeira). We had the chance to kayak through the sea cave and you could paddle board if you like, all included in the trip. A great highlight was getting back on board to a wonderful selection on the buffet, plenty of food for everyone and drinks included. We loved the professionalism of this company and the great care and respect they have for the animals, there were so many photo opportunities with dolphins, whales, turtles and sea birds but the crew respected the fact that we were in their habitat and did not crowd or chase anything. If you do one trip in Madeira make it a full day with VMT Madeira, great value for money and we will definitely do it again.
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Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Wundervoller Tag auf See

Wundervoller Tag auf See, leider nicht genug Wind zum Segeln, aber wir haben jede Minute genossen. Professionelle und liebenswürdige Crew. Leckeres Lunchbuffet. Kleine, feine Guide-Tour auf Ilas Deserthas. Alles
Desertas Islands – Full-Day Catamaran Trip

stunning experience

We have gone to the Ilhas Desertas, the trip is approximately 2 hours by boat. There we toured the part of the visited island and practiced water sports, specifically snorkeling, but there were canoes for a walk and the monitor accompanied you with the paddle surf. Later we ate on the boat, they offered both fish and meat, and companions for all tastes; and back to Funchal. A fantastic day.
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