Whale and Dolphin Watching in Madeira
Apart from being an exotic destination for tourists all over the world and a quiet haven for the 268.000 locals, it is also home to an outstanding population of marine life and wildlife. Apart from the butterflies and colorful singing birds you are most likely to meet in the evergreen forests of the Laurisilva, Whale and Dolphin Watching in Madeira is another option that induces more and more visitors to sign up for such a safari experience.
Of recent years, both Madeira and the world outside started to realize the potential of the Island of Spring when it comes to visiting whales, dolphins and other sea mammals. The waters that surround the island are not usually permanently inhabited by the cetaceans, but they are visited during the summer months, where they sometimes grace the humans that happen to be on the island with their playful leaps and frolic in the water.
The most common animals that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean by the Madeira Island shore are the Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus, the Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus, the Fin and the Sei Whale, the Blainville’s Beaked Whale Mesoplodon densirostris and the list goes on.
Whale and/ or dolphin watching is usually done in an organized manner, during a trip around the remote corners of the Island of Madeira where the most sightings of marine life have been recorded. These trips or safaris cost somewhere in the vicinity of 50 Euro and can be booked in advance or locally.
Madeira is searching to impose itself as an ecotourist destination and whale watching trips also have the aim of raising awareness concerning the necessity to keep the Earth’s waters clean and the world healthy.
Especially if you are in Madeira for the first time, it is preferably to employ a Madeira transfer for tours and outings on the island. Anyway, keep Whale and Dolphin Watching in Madeira on your activity list!