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Catamaran Day Cruise to Desertas Islands from Funchal provided by VMT Madeira

Catamaran Day Cruise to Desertas Islands from Funchal

Catamaran Day Cruise to Desertas Islands from Funchal
3.5
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About
Enjoy a Catamaran cruise visiting one of Madeira's natural reserves. Stop at Desertas Islands, take a short tour on the island and swim in the crystalline waters.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7775P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Marina, 9000-053 Funchal, Portugal Marina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Marina, 9000-053 Funchal, Portugal Marina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Marina
    9000-053 Funchal, Portugal
    Marina do Funchal, Loja nº 9 - VMT Madeira Catamaran Trips. Check-In: 30 minutes before departure
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    VMT Madeira
  • You'll return to the starting point
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3.5
12 reviews
Excellent
6
Very good
1
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
3

Claire O
2 contributions
Overpriced and promotional leaflet misleading!
This trip was not worth €80 euros each or €320 for a family of 4! The journey to the island took 3 hours. Once at the island, what we had been told by the rep selling us the trip, would be a hike around the island was actually a 10 minute walk around 5/6 information boards with the guide explaining what they said. You could not hike/walk around the island and the photographs on their promotional leaflet are very misleading as it shows people setting off on a walk. We then had about an hour for lunch/paddle boarding and snorkelling. Then it was another 3 hours to return back to Funchal. The staff were lovely and very helpful, and the buffet lunch was good. However, I would not recommend this trip as it is overpriced and we have just been on the jeep safari today which was half the price and so much better!
Written 28 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bobcat320330
Monmouth, UK19 contributions
A great day out! - don't miss it
Oct 2021
I took this trip yesterday and it was a lovely, lovely day - enhanced by a wonderful crew and pleasant fellow passengers. It did not go as planned, but that was fine. Read on!

There was too little wind to sail to the schedule but this catamaran is a joy whatever. The distances are huge for a day trip so it's unlikely that sails are going to do it.

There had been a landslip close to the landing beach, triggered by the recent volcanic activity on La Palma. This would have restricted access to a small patch surrounding the huts, hardly fulfilling.

Luckily we never got there. The first beach party had to return because the waves on the beach were too much of a risk, most passengers wearing clothes and not swimware.

Hence we enjoyed the swimming, paddleboards and kayaks (informal instruction and encouragement provided) and lunch was brought forward - a really excellent meal that included fabulous espada and unlimited drinks.

To make up for the lack of a shore visit, we left our mooring early and followed the cliffs for miles northwards of the landing spot. The colours and shapes of the cliffs are extraordinary and I was mesmerised. Eventually, right up abeam the northern-most island of Chãu, we headed back towards Funchal.

It wasn't long before we encountered our first pod of pilot whales. Three times we diverted, slowed and spent lots of time quietly and safely shadowing these whales and we all got some great pics.

So how so I account for a full nine hours aboard? It was sunny and warm even in October (usually in a shirt but I did need a fleece and jacket at rare times). I watched the world go by, snoozed, read, ate, chatted. Bored? Cold? Never.

It really was a lovely day. Thank you so much, Antonio and crew.

Robert(o!)
Written 17 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Davinia C
1 contribution
Day wasted
Aug 2021 • Couples
It was the worst trip in catamaran of my life.
Three hours to get to the islands. When we got there they said that it was not possible to do the proper visit as there was risk of land spades, then they basically had us three hours stuck in the boat , and another three hours to go back.
The worst was that they said they just received a call alerting them about the risk when we got to the island, but one of them said that this was happening for weeks so they knew and they took us there besides the risk and knowing since the beginning that they can’t give us what we paid for.
So disappointed and a day wasted.
Written 19 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Monique
3 contributions
Sailing day in perfection
Perfekt day at sea with a pro and nice crew. Small but very informative guided tour on Ilhas Desertas. Delicious lunch buffet. We got the chance to see some dolphins, sea-lions and even wales 🥰.
And catched ugly plastic trash from the sea…..
Written 5 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Louise S
Hill Ridware, UK60 contributions
Lovely catamaran... good day...nice lunch... VERY cold on return from Desertas Island
May 2019 • Couples
Bit of confusion at first, we pre booked before we left the UK - our online booking said arrive at marina for 9am - we checked the day before at the booking office - they said we had to be there for 8:30 - good job we checked! It is a 2 and a half hour trip to Desertas Island - lovely calm crossing with loads of dolphins - but after the 4th or 5th sighting I felt we didn't need to keep stopping again... just my personal opinion. Not sure it is really worth going to Desertas - you walk around a little route - with the guide reading out the boards of information that are dotted around to you - then you spend "ages" on a rocky "beach" - we did take the offer up of kayaking around the cove a bit as we were bored by this time - the water was FRESH. Lunch was lovely - lots of choice and the crew were all lovely and relaxed - no blaring music - nice chilled day - but then we really were chilled on the way back - it was FREEZING - take lots of layers with you....
Written 13 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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WiltshireTravellerXY
WiltshireTravellerXY
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Lovely experience: saw several whales and dolphins
How lucky were we? The catamaran and superb crew are respectful and knowledgeable about wild life and sailed us wit
ninac188
ninac188
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Relaxing trip
Very clean and well organised. A really relaxing few hours and lovely views of the island. U fortunately didn't se
554iw
554iw
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Fantastic boat trip
We had a fantastic trip on a catamaran, saw lots of dolphins and had a swim by the largest cliff in Europe. Relaxin
Freedom34128073546
Freedom34128073546
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Lovely whale watching experience
Really good experience, saw several pilot whales and a sea turtle. Stopped at a lovely spot for swimming. Crew on b
pamelabM9021ND
pamelabM9021ND
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Great dolphin and whale watching trip
Had a great afternoon trip on ‘Sea the Best’ catamaran whilst staying in Funchal. Covid prevention measures were i
Janet H
Janet H
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Ruined by very loud music
Went on Sea The Best, should have been named Hear The Worst - our trip was totally spoiled by the unnecessary loud
brist0lcelt
brist0lcelt
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We saw dolphins!
We had a very enjoyable 3 hours, from 3-6pm and we were lucky to enjoy seeing some Atlantic spotted dolphins swimmi
Sher K
Sher K
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Good day trip
Lovely trip, good staff and guides. Managed to see good numbers of dolphins and wales. We also stopped for a 15 min
LaGinestra_D
LaGinestra_D
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Loved it!
Loved it so much that i am going on another trip with them tomorrow. Saw lots of dolphins and very relaxing boottri
369emilyn
369emilyn
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Great way to spend 3 hours.
We saw dolphins and the crew was very friendly. We got to swim in the sea and even jump off the boat. We brought a
Elad86
Elad86
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Bad experience for families
Really bad experience with the trip today. The Catamaran was full with people not observing social distance. It was
RebekahR54
RebekahR54
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Dolphin spotting
We saw some dolphins from a distance and we were told there was a whale but we didn’t see it. The boat was very fu
JM2502
JM2502
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Excellent trip, we saw dolphins
One of the highlights of our holiday. We saw dolphins and swam in the sea. Seeing the coast line and villages of S
799heleng
799heleng
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Brilliant afternoon and magical to see wild dolphins
Brilliant afternoon trip! I was quite concerned at the beginning by the volume of people heading to the catamaran
50dhirenp
50dhirenp
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Well worth it!!
Easily booked via the Trip Advisor App. Had to queue for a while in the baking heat, which was the only downside. A
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