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Madeira: Dolphins & volcanoes

Madeira: Dolphins & volcanoes

Madeira: Dolphins & volcanoes Overview

This seven-night adventure to Madeira includes a variety of activities, which will excite all of the family. Visit the magical volcanic caves of Sao Vicente and swim in the lava pools, or volcanic beach at Seixal. Explore the island by jeep, foot and kayak, as you drive, boat and walk through colour-drenched landscapes and sun-drenched bays.

Madeira is the perfect place for families to enjoy a holiday of discovery: warm waters, sun-filled days and exciting activities make this a fantastic place to explore.

You’ll be based in Funchal, the island’s small and fascinating capital and from here you can take part in all sorts of adventures. On your first day, you will explore the island as you enjoy a jeep adventure from one amazing viewpoint to another, over mountains and through valleys and along the winding coastline as you go! Stopping for a walk in the colourful mountains of Madeira, you’ll head to the stunning Balcoes viewpoint, which looks out to the island’s central mountain range. From here, you’ll then go for a short walk along one of the island’s many levadas, traversing across the forested hills, filled with emerald green trees and bursting with colourful flowers and bubbling streams.

Moving from land to sea, you’ll have the chance to explore the coves and bays of the island by sea kayak, as you paddle across the beautiful blue sea in search of wildlife and adventure. You’ll then take to the seas again, aboard a RIB in search of marine life. Madeira is renowned for its whale and dolphin watching, so there’s no way we could leave this out during your time here. The boat trip will take you across the waters that surround Madeira and if nature is on your side, you’ll even get the chance to snorkel with the wild dolphins that call these waters home! A truly brilliant experience, this is sure to leave your family with fun-filled, lasting memories.

After the excitement of the ocean, you’ll head deep into the island for a half day of family-friendly canyoning. It’s a fantastic way to explore the island from another point of view – water slides, refreshing pools and rappels will certainly keep the family entertained!

Back on the road and you’ll journey by jeep to the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente, which includes a trip to the Volcanism Centre to learn about the island’s formation. From here, you’ll then get to see how volcanoes can create natural masterpieces, as you swim in the fantastic saltwater swimming pools of Seixal, which were formed by lava and are filled with beautiful, crystal-clear water. There’s also a black, volcanic beach nearby, with fantastic views of the cliffs above.

Finally, you’ll take to the trails as you enjoy an easy biking tour along a wide levada, surrounded by luscious forest; a fantastic way to explore the famous irrigation channels of Madeira!

Based in a family run hotel, which is full of charm and character, you’ll be staying close to the sea and the old town section of Funchal, so this is the perfect trip for families looking for a fun-filled adventure holiday with nearby shops, restaurants and excitement!

Included in the price:

  • Transfers: All transfers included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: east island jeep expedition with levada walk; sea kayaking and snorkelling; whale and dolphin watching; snorkelling with dolphins*; canyoning; north island jeep expedition; visit the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente and swim in the lava pools, or volcanic beach at Seixal; levada biking tour (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Prices shown are per adult and based on two adults sharing. Child prices are available on our website


DAY 1: Arrival and Welcome Dinner
DAY 2: East Island Jeep Expedition With Levada Walk
DAY 3: Free Day
DAY 4: Sea Kayaking And Snorkelling; Whale Watching And Snorkelling With Dolphins
DAY 5: Canyoning
DAY 6: North Island Jeep Expedition, Volcanic Caves Of Sao Vicente And Swim In The Laval Pools At Seixal
DAY 7: Levada Biking Tour
DAY 8: Departure
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