Desertas Islands Tour

Ventura do MarHere is a good old fashioned boat, called “Ventura do Mar”, that will take you out to the desertas islands for the day. A chance to see the worlds rarest seal and to explore this natural park. The trip to the islands lasts 3.5 hours and you get the chance to see dolphins and whales. This is a whole day event and the price includes a meal at lunch time and all drinks. This trip is normally done on Fridays and you can also go out to see dolphins and whales, either in the morning or the afternoon, on any other day of the week. They also organise diving trips to the Desertas islands and at the most eastern point of Madeira, Ponta do São Lourenço. For bird watching enthusiasts, they also do specialised birdwatching trips.
The Desertas island trip is quite popular and lasts the whole day. The 3.5 hours journey to the islands will give you the chance to observe dolphins, whales and marine birds. Once there, you get to swim in the crystal clear waters, followed by a typical meal onboard. After lunch you get to go out and explore one of these islands, which is now a nature reserve. A really delightful day out. The trip may be cancelled if weather does not permit it.

Ventura Schedule


Desertas Islands Trip
Fridays ( 9h00 – 19h30 )
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mornings ( 10h30 – 13h30 )
Afternoons ( 14h45 – 18h00 )

Ventura Prices

Ventura do Mar

Dolphin & Whale Watching
€ 30 less 10 % €27
Desertas Islands Trip
€ 80 less 5 % €76
Chidren Under 12 years pay half
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Meeting Point

Beluga Kiosk

The meeting point for the Beluga glass bottom boat trip is in front of their main ticket office at the marina, where the boat departs from. This point is marked by the dark blue balloon in the map below. You have to meet there twenty minutes before departure.


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