What our guests are saying...

Return visit from 2017, Brilliant day, highly knowledgeable professional crew and this time we saw whales too as well as Sheerwaters skimming over the waves . No hesitation in recommending you to join them on On Tales for a wonderful… Read more »

Tony, UK

On Tales is a brilliant company with friendly staff, excellent prices, a clean and comfy boat and great knowledge of the area and sea life. We saw 5 whales and went snorkelling. Definitely the highlight of our holiday. Would highly… Read more »

Anonymous from Essex, UK

We went on a trip with On Tales during our two week holiday on Madeira and loved it so much we went on another trip before we left! Both times we had an amazing experience and saw large pods of… Read more »

Stuart M.

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Very friendly guides, cozy trip for 6 people, and some spectacular scenes to remember forever. We were not luck enough to see whales but we got to have a close shot of friendly dolphins and… Read more »

Puya A.

It is a fairly small boat but very well equipped (only for 8 passengers including the captain and a marine biologists). Below the deck is a small kitchenette with a fridge, a toilet and a space where you can leave… Read more »

Hana R.

We had such a great time, the highlight being following a Sei whale and having a pod of dolphins swimming and jumping right next to the boat. The boat is great and the crew are knowledgeable and respectful of the… Read more »

Alice Hoey

Fantastic! Took the kids (3 Girls – 9yr & 6yr old twins). The crew were brilliant with them, making sure they were safe, helping them get a good view and just generally being lovely. Really does feel like a personal… Read more »

Nick J.

Thank you for the amazing experience, we had an incredible time on your boat! During our trip we saw a flying fish and after a while we even saw whales (this is quite rare and because it was a mother with… Read more »

Sharon V.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Stenella frontalis

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Delphinus delphis

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Pilot whale

Short-finned pilot whale

Globicephala macrorhynchus

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

Physeter macrocephalus

Blainville's Beaked Whale

Blainville’s Beaked Whale

Mesoplodon densirostris

Loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Caretta caretta

Corys shearwater

Cory’s Shearwater

Calonetris borealis

Who we are

On Tales was created in 2015, in order to allow you to contemplate the magnificent creatures that inhabit the Maderian seas, taking for mission a respectful exploration of the natural habitat and of the sea.

We aim to introduce our clients to some of the wonders of our coasts, attending to their needs whenever possible and maintaining a healthy relationship with sea-life, to allow future generations to enjoy it as much as we do.

We offer a service of excellence, such as “on tales”. On board our yacht Miranda” our qualified professional crew, passionate of sea-life, will be taking care of you. Guests only have to relax and indulge into the ocean’s charms.

On Tales is a young company dedicated to maritime touristic tours. We sail out from the Marina da Calheta to admire the South coast of the island. Knowledge of our surroundings, comfort and safety are the fundamental principles that guide and motivate us. The On Tales team aims to provide our guests with the best possible experience.

On Tales is already a reference on the well-known TripAdvisor portal and is within the top 5 of the attractions of Madeira Island.

Our business partners

Taking into account the say “if you want to go fast, go alone but, if you want to go further, go accompanied”, we created strategic partnerships that hopefully, will help us go further ! 

One of our main partner is the AFTM – Associação do Filme, Televisão e Multimédia da Madeira selected On Tales as a reference partner to support audiovisual productions for the south of Madeira Island. They also help us manage the audiovisual productions we use.

Madeira island

The Madeira archipelago is composed of Madeira Island, Porto Santo Island, the Desertas Islands and the Savage Islands. Madeira and Porto Santo are the only inhabited islands that we can explore freely, since Desertas and Savages are classified as Nature Reserves, and require a special permit. 

Our archipelago is set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and benefits from a very pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 17°C to 25°C, and a water temperature between 18°C and 22°C. 

This is why Madeira is also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic ! A real paradise where you can walk in the mountains or bathe in warm water, at any time of the year. Madeira Island is also one of the best places in the world to observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. It is only up to you to join us …