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Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal, the island of Madeira is a paradise for outdoor lovers, thanks to its unusual sub-tropical forests, rich volcanic soil, and pristine coastal waters. See below for your outdoor adventure options.


Hiking
The rugged, volcanic beauty of Madeira is best seen on foot, and walking routes cover the island, from windy walks along the clifftops at Cabo Girão to challenging treks up the highest peaks. The island's laurisilva forest is traversed with irrigation channels called levadas, which make perfect pathways for hikers. If stomping through the undergrowth is not for you, admire the exotic blaze of color at the Monte Palace Tropical Garden or Funchal's Botanical Gardens instead.

Sailing and Dolphin Spotting
The three-island archipelago of Desertas lies off Madeira's southeast coast and is still little marked by mass tourism. Travelers can really get back to nature with a day's return sail to Desertas and get the chance to spot dolphins, whales, and thousands of seabirds along the way. Other boating options for seadogs around Madeira include private yacht charters, sunset cruises from Funchal marina, and eco-friendly boat trips out to look for the more than 20 species of dolphin and whale that have been sighted in the Atlantic waters around Madeira. You're most likely to see curious bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales between April and October.

Canyoning
Widely considered one of the best spots in Europe for canyoning thanks to its lush rivers and canyons formed by volcanic activity, Madeira's mountainous Funchal Ecological Park (Parque Ecológico do Funchal) offers kid-friendly canyoning with gentle abseils for beginners, as well as challenging tests of mettle leading downriver over a severe waterfalls and rapids. Safety gear and full instruction are provided.

4x4 Touring
Open-top Jeep safaris head off across Madeira for trips to isolated inland villages such as Curral das Freiras or to viewpoints high up on Pico Arieiro for panoramic views. Other routes take in the natural rock pools at Porto Moniz on the northern coast or wind through the Ribeiro Frio Natural Park (Parque Natural do Ribeiro Frio) and vineyards to the fishing settlement of Machico, Madeira's former capital and home of the island's oldest church.
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Canyoning in Madeira Island

Canyoning in Madeira Island

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Head deep into the canyons of Madeira on this canyoning adventure. Discover the beautiful geologic and natural characteristics of the island, one of the best canyoning areas in the world, at the Ecological Park of Funchal. Receive a thorough safety briefing before strapping into the provided gear and dive into this 15-meter canyon, perfect for all ages and beginner skill levels.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.67
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

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The south coast of Madeira is a popular spot to watch whales and dolphins in their natural environment. This small-group yacht cruise offers a more personalized experience, with a chance to customize the tour to your group’s preferences, stopping to swim or snorkel along the coast, and looking out for bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, and Bryde's whales.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Dolphin & Whale Watching

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We guarantee observation of cetaceans in their natural environment. Sustainable observation with minimal impact on animals. Boat with only 12 seats Marine biologist on board
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wicker toboggan sled ride

Wicker toboggan sled ride

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If you come to Madeira you have to go down the hill on one of these traditional wicker baskets. A must-do attraction. Our tour starts on a classic tuk tuk trike, taking you through the Old Town, passing through the farmers’ market and going up to Monte. Along the way you can stop, as much as you like, to see the amazing views over Funchal. We'll take you to the wicker toboggan departure, and wait for you at the end of the journey. - *The toboggan ride ticket is not included in this tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.78
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Coastal Tour Sailing Boat

Coastal Tour Sailing Boat

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Unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on an emblematic and typical Madeira sailboat, with a maximum capacity of 16 people, where you can swim along the coast and glimpse part of the south coast of Madeira, the city of Funchal and / or Cabo Girão.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.08
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Full-Day Madeira North West Coast Safari from Funchal

Full-Day Madeira North West Coast Safari from Funchal

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Venture off-road to explore Madeira’s northwest coast on this full-day safari from Funchal. Take the scenic route between Ribeira Brava and Porto Moniz in an open-top safari vehicle; enjoy spectacular views of the Cabo Girão sea cliffs, Veu da Noiva waterfall, and the Paul da Serra plateau.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half day kayak tours

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Half day kayak tours

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Enjoy the view of the coast of the island, visit the Partial Nature Reserve of Garajau where you can find the most varied preserved and protected species such as Mero.
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  • 3 hours
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal

Dolphin and Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise from Funchal

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Embark on an ocean adventure during this dolphin and whale watching tour from Funchal. Board your stylish catamaran and kick back as you cruise alongside Madeira’s south coast. Your friendly crew knows these waters well and guides you to the areas where whales and dolphins are most often seen. If the weather is favorable and the sea conditions are good, take a dip in the waters of the Cabo Girão, or try your hand at some basic sailing techniques.
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  • 3 hours
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Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

Half-day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

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Escape the city, and head for the water on this half-day catamaran trip from Funchal. If you’re lucky, you may spot whales, dolphins, and turtles in their natural environment. The tour is great for adults and children alike, and gives you the flexibility to relax on the boat without a strict itinerary of activities. If you’d like to snorkel, you can pack light, as snorkeling equipment rental is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Small-Group Madeira Village Safari from Funchal

Half-Day Small-Group Madeira Village Safari from Funchal

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Venture off-road to explore the rugged mountains and rural villages of Madeira on this half-day safari from Funchal. Travel around the Fajã dos Padres cliffs in an open-top safari vehicle, take in the views from Boca dos Namorados and Jardim da Serra, and pass through traditional villages like Curral das Freiras and Fajã das Galinhas.
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  • 3 hours
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Levada do Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk from Funchal

Levada do Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk from Funchal

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Embark on one of Madeira’s most famous levada walks on a full-day tour of Levada do Caldeirão Verde. Beginning at the fairy tale village of Queimadas, you’ll walk through ancient forests and past streams and lagoons, stopping to enjoy Santana and the enormous Caldeirão Verde waterfall along the way. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Sunset Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

Sunset Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

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Yet another very special tour! ​ Our number one spot, just as the sunrise tour, is Pico do Areiro, the third highest peak on the island. ​ This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the high peak without the big crowds of the morning and early afternoon tour groups. ​ The peak comes alive at dawn. The colours are something of a dream and even the air is different. Watching the sun set above the clouds is a truly unique experience! ​ There are plan b´s for bad weather, thankfully we have been graced with many epic sunset spots in Madeira. ​ On our way back down into the city we will also be stopping at a viewpoint to see Funchal by night, with all the lights and the moon shining on the ocean. ​ A very romantic and quiet tour, a must do for all photographers!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.75
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Trial dive including rental equipment and guide

Trial dive including rental equipment and guide

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Our house reef offers a unique underwater world. The protected bay is located directly in front of the diving base and frogfish, seahorses, octopus, moray eels and wonderful tropical fish such as parrotfish, triggerfish, baracudas and much more live on the steep walls. The perfect setting to start the diving experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Guided Kayak Tour in Baia D'Abra | Madeira

Guided Kayak Tour in Baia D'Abra | Madeira

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Spend some time soaking up the sun on a kayaking tour in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Paddle along the coastline of Madeira, discover hidden caverns and creeks, and enjoy the beauty of Ponta de São Lourenço during this 2.5-hour ocean kayak tour. The tour is suitable for all ages and skill levels and guests are accompanied by a professional guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise from Funchal

Catamaran Sunset Cruise from Funchal

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See the sun set over the Atlantic on this catamaran cruise from Funchal. Nothing is quite like the glow of dusk over Madeira. See it from the comfort of a catamaran on this sunset cruise, departing from the Funchal Marina. Your expert crew welcomes you aboard, then sets sail for a memorable experience. During the excursion, keep an eye out for native marine life, like the local dolphins and whales. Then return to shore and continue your stay on Funchal.
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  • 3 hours
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3 days Open Water Course | Scuba Diving

3 days Open Water Course | Scuba Diving

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This is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Learn to dive is fun! We will take you step by step in this 3/4 days course including swimmin pool sessions, theory and real diving. We offer included FREE Digital training Materials in your language.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Madeira paragliding passenger tandem flights

Madeira paragliding passenger tandem flights

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Come and fly with one of the most experienced paragliders in the world, the only pilots with minimum 15 minutes flight time guarantee. Our team is the only one on the island to fly you and your friends and family simultaneously. We are not simply flying down to the beach, first we go high with the good winds and later we try to land on the same spot of starting. Much more fun flying, less time wasted driving. We are the best!
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  • 1 hour
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Scuba Diving Courses or Try Diving PADI or SSI

Scuba Diving Courses or Try Diving PADI or SSI

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Price and quality Exceptional conditions regarding the Royal Savoy Resort 5 stars and its location close to the sea. Padi Resort Dive Center.
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  • 3 days
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Kayak Experience @ Ponta de São Lourenço

Kayak Experience @ Ponta de São Lourenço

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This fantastic experience will allow you to explore Ponta de São Lourenço's Natural Reserve by kayak. You will be able to freely navigate our clear and calm waters, enjoying the surrounding landscapes and marine wildlife at your own pace.
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  • 2 hours
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Catamaran Day Cruise to Desertas Islands from Funchal

Catamaran Day Cruise to Desertas Islands from Funchal

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Take in the fresh sea air on this full-day catamaran cruise to the Desertas Islands, from Funchal. Meet your crew at the Funchal Marina and board your catamaran. Then set sail toward the Madeira’s natural reserves, where sea life is frequently spotted. You’ll stop at the Desertas Islands, known for its stunning natural beauty and crystal clear waters. Enjoy three hours of hiking, swimming or sun bathing and indulge in a fresh fish buffet lunch with select beverages before sailing back to the marina.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Open Water Diver - your first diving course

Open Water Diver - your first diving course

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Our house reef offers a unique underwater world. The protected bay is located directly in front of the diving base and frogfish, seahorses, octopus, moray eels and wonderful tropical fish such as parrotfish, triggerfish, baracudas and much more live on the steep walls. The perfect setting to start the diving experience.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$612.65
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Calhau das Achadas Tour - cable car ride included (Monday: full day)

Calhau das Achadas Tour - cable car ride included (Monday: full day)

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Hidden between the valleys of the North of Madeira Island there is a sea level small piece of land that stays in the memory of everyone who visits it. Historically this was an agriculture area. Wine was its most important product and everything was done using traditional tools and methods. Nowadays this is a protected area. No electricity grid and almost no cell service. This is a great place to walk, relax and enjoy the view. This tour begins in Porto Moniz at 09:00 and we head towards the Calhau das Achadas da Cruz. We return to The Feira do Gado Picnic Park. In afternoon we go to Paul da Serra to see several viewpoints. The next stop is Ponta de Pargo Light House. After that we visit the Garganta Funda Viewpoint and continue to Pico Vermelho Viewpoint, stands on a cliff, 420 metres above sea level with a beautiful view to Atlantic Ocean. Then we go offroad to to Capela da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte - Cabo, returning after to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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Santa Maria de Colombo

Santa Maria de Colombo

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The Santa Maria de Colombo is a replica of Christopher Columbus's flag ship. It makes a trip along the souht coast of Madeira Island, usually untill Cabo Girão, where we make a stop for swimming in the summer. We also try to watch the dolphins and whales during the trip. This is a trip in time, where you can go back to XV century
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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PR1 Sunrise on Pico do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo guided small group Hike

PR1 Sunrise on Pico do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo guided small group Hike

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On this amazing sunrise tour, it is a small group guided walk, Maximum 8 travellers, an amazing experience to see the day starting on the more amazing sunrise spots, often above the clouds. Beating away the big groups, we will have the mountain to ourselves
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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