What our guests are saying...
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Be an explorer
Enjoy this experience to the fullest! Explore Madeira’s coastline and small villages set between natural cliffs and valleys. A truly amazing and unique way to visit our amazing island. Complete the experience with a fresh beverage, kindly provided by our… Read more »
Swim and snorkel
Dive into our warm and crystal clear waters from the yacht, snorkel and search for the local sea species. Our team will take care of everything! We provide the snorkeling equipment: masks, tubes, flippers and towels, and finally, you can… Read more »
Come with us enjoy the magnificent sunset, aboard our yacht “Miranda”. We create a perfect environment, to be shared with your loved ones! A privileged view from stern to bow, a glass of sparkling wine, a friendly yet professional team… Read more »
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Watch sea life in its natural habitat! Our crew members will be happy to help you identify the different species we meet : dolphins, whales, birds or sea-turtles! They never run out of information about the fabulous local wildlife.
This is a very playful dolphin! He is mostly seen in Madeira in the springtime and summertime, and more often than not, in large groups! Usually very active and acrobatic, he likes to swim alongside our yacht! These dolphins present… Read more »
These sweet dolphins, of almost 2 meters long, are mostly seen at Madeira on Spring and Winter. There are a few of characteristics that distinguish them from other species; They are yellow on the sides with a dark V-shaped back,… Read more »
These amazing dolphins choose to live in Madeira all year ! They have a very strong dark-grey colored body and a round head with a thick and short nose. The can go up to 3 meters long! His belly is… Read more »
The pilot whales love tropical and temperate waters like Madeira’s sea! Usually their body is dark-grey to black with a spot behind the dorsal fin, and can be up to 5 to 6 meters long. They are very sweet and… Read more »
These amazing animals can be seen around Madeira all year round. They use our warm and calm sea to dive and eat, socialise, and procreate. Their dive can last up to 1 hour and 30 minutes! Adult subjects they can… Read more »
These whales are calm and shy but we love them just the same! We mainly meet them in the summertime. Usually , they feel safer deeper, especially when boats are around. They are relatively small; approximately 4,5 meters long. Their… Read more »
Turtles! These lovely animals are adorable marine reptiles, most often born on the beaches of Florida or on the Mexican Atlantic coast. They swim to Madeira when they reach 1 year old, and only when over 15 to 30 years… Read more »
The Cory’s Shearwaters are constantly migrating seabirds that use Madeira Islands for breeding and nesting. They arrive in March, the offsprings are born in May, and leave in October. They have a spindle-shaped body, long wings, dark feathers, grey or… Read more »
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, 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 are based on the Marina da Calheta and sail along the South Coast of the island. Knowledge of our surroundings, comfort and safety are the fundamental principles that guide and motivate the On Tales team, in order 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 School of Languages “Mais Fronteiras”, that helps us with translations and/or reviews of the publishings.
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.
On Tales is also working on several commercial partnerships with agents and tour operators in order to grow to be a must to any visitor on our wonderful 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 located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and benefits from a very pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 17ºC to 25ºC, and a water temperature between 18ºC and 22ºC.
This is why Madeira is known as the Pearl of the Atlantic ! A real paradise where you can walk in the mountains or bathe in hot 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 …
Madeira Island’s tropical climate is an undeniable asset! It allows us to produce sweet and colourful fruits and vegetables that you can taste just as you watch them! These ingredients allow us to create really delicious traditional sweets and cold… Read more »
Why Madeira Islands?
Madeira and Porto Santo islands became on a noticeable map mark, known internationally, due to the awards its has been receiving through the years. Among others, here are some of the winnings: Award “Worlds’s Leading Island Destination” by the World… Read more »
Portuguese sailors discovered Porto Santo island ( Portuguese for Holy harbor ) first, in 1418. Then in 1419, after several days of drifting, the crew of a ship which had been diverted from its course along the African coast, spotted… Read more »