RIB Daily Cruisers - Desertas Islands

Visiting the uninhabited Desertas Islands
Look out for whales, dolphins, turtles and seals often seen playing, jumping or splashing not far from the coast.



We will leave Marina Funchal promptly at 9 am. Heading for Magical Islands DESERTAS. Our journey to Desertas will take approximately 45min to an 1h,15min depending on the sea conditions. Along the way we often catch some fantastic sighting such as Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, and the different type of Dolphins. When you arrive at Desertas Island you might be welcomed by a Monk Seal which often swims in these crystal clear waters.Considered the rarest seal in the world, it is the ‘star’ of the reserve and one of the main reasons that the Desertas were classified as a Nature Reserve.

Nowadays the colony has about 40 individuals (there are only 600 in the world) and they are prospering in the Madeira waters. We will stop just a little outside of Deserta Grande and our qualified guides will help you to go on to land with our small dingy. For those of you are curious to find out about the wildlife in Desertas Island, we have a short walk around the island for 30min. You will learn a great deal about, Seagulls, Fea's Petrel, Desertas Wolf Spider...The Desertas are an important nesting ground for these species due to their inaccessibility and the relative absence of human intervention.

The best part of this activity, apart from you learn a great deal about history, flora, and fauna, wildlife etc..you will not have any motion sickness along the journey. It is too soon to come back. We will arrive in Funchal Marina around 12.00pm to 12.15pm.


  • Lots of fun and adrenalin;
  • Up to 10 times faster then a Catamaran;
  • High performance sightseeing;
  • Guaranteed sea life sighting (if you do not see any sea life, we offer you second trip for free either on a Catamaran or the Sea Safaris you choose);
  • Puts smile on your face;
  • No motion sickness;
  • Powered by 500HP engines.

Price includes

  • Boat trip to Desertas Islands
  • Professional crew's services with a marine biologist on board

Price does not include

  • Personal expenses

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