Santa Maria Ship

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Experiences, Family, Wildlife & Nature
    • Activity Level Leisurely
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Santa Maria Ship.


    • Historic voyage aboard the Santa Maria replica ship.
    • Immersive 3-hour trip exploring Madeira’s coastline.
    • Crew dressed in period costumes, enhancing the historical experience.
    • Stops at Cabo Girão, offering breathtaking views and geological insights.
    • Chance encounters with dolphins, whales, or turtles.
    • Summer swims in crystal-clear waters.
    • Complimentary Madeira wine and honey cake.
    • A top adventure Madeira and Funchal boat tour experience.

    We offer tailor-made services on Madeira island. On this example, we included a boat trip, the Santa Maria, perfect for a pirate attack themed tour.

    Embark on an unparalleled adventure in Madeira with a 3-hour trip aboard the historic Santa Maria replica ship, a highlight among things to do in Madeira. This replica of Christopher Columbus Santa Maria offers a unique voyage along Madeira’s stunning coast, making it a must-experience on your list of things to do in Funchal. Step back in time with a crew dressed in period costume, creating an immersive experience akin to sailing with Columbus himself on the Santa Maria ship.

    As you explore the seas on this distinguished Santa Maria boat, the journey includes educational stops, offering insights into the history and natural wonders of the area. Reach Cabo Girão, the towering sea cliff offering breathtaking views and a glimpse into the geological history of Madeira, including lava flow remnants from ancient eruptions.

    Though not specifically a whale and dolphin watching trip, the waters around Madeira are teeming with life, and sightings of dolphins, whales, or turtles are a delightful possibility. Summer visitors can also swim in the inviting ocean waters, enhancing the Madeira boat trip experience.

    This journey on the Nau Santa Maria or the Caravela Santa Maria is not just a trip but a journey through history. Encapsulating the essence of what happened to the Santa Maria and the spirit of exploration that defines boat tours in Funchal. Guests will be treated to Madeira wine and Madeira honey cake, adding local flavours to the experience.

    Book now for this extraordinary Santa Maria Columbus experience, a top choice for those seeking adventure Madeira offers. It’s more than just a boat trip; it’s a step into the pages of history aboard a Santa Maria ship model, making it one of the most unique and enriching things to do in Funchal.


    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Professional crew
    • Taxes and Fees
    • Available: Masks and snorkel are borrowed free of charge.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Pick-up from the hotel. Please note that we can arrange transportation under an extra charge per reservation for pickups and drop-offs if your accommodation is outside of Funchal.
    • Food and drinks, unless specified.
    1. 10:30 | 15:00 Departure of the Ship
    2. When Everyday (Mornings and Afternoons)

      Year-round, except on 25 December

    3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
    4. Duration 3 hours

      10:30 – 13:30 | 15:00 – 18:00

    5. Requirements Very important

      Check-in is obligatory 30 minutes before each trip.


    6. What do you need to bring? Don’t forget
      • Comfortable shoes
      • Camera
      • Sun cream
      • Hat
      • A swimming suite and a towel (Summer)
    7. Good to know Activity level

      There’s a bar and toilets on board if you also need to change clothes.

      Commentary in Portuguese and English. The crew will explain the rules.

      There are also snorkels available onboard for a quick swim under Cabo Girão (one of the highest viewpoints in Europe).

      The ship was built in 1997 in the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and uses an inboard motor for cruising. If the wind is favourable, the crew will raise the sails.

    8. Our expertise Why us?

      Secure your seat, with pre-purchased tickets, as current capacity can fill up quickly. The staff is friendly, multilingual, knowledgeable and ready to answer any question. However, bear in mind this is not a narrated tour. The boat is comfortable and spacious. There are life jackets on board, and the crew makes sure you are all safe and sound!

    9. 13:30 or 18:00 End of the Trip
    10. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/ or affected by local conditions.