Lisbao (PT) – Funchal, Madeira (PT)

Destination       Lisbon, Portugal – Porto Santo – Funchal, Madeira

Dates                   18 October (Embark 16h00) – 24 October (Disembark 10h00

This voyage takes us from Lisbon, Portugal’s historic capital, to the semitropical island of Madeira, with stops to swim in the clear blue waters of Porto Santo and stroll along its famous 9 km white sand beach.

We set sail on this iconic ocean voyage along Lisbon’s historic city shoreline, passing under the 25 de Abril suspension bridge and into the setting sun. With 521 nautical miles of open ocean ahead, there is an open invitation to get fully involved in all aspects of sailing, from helming to trimming sails and from navigation to going aloft. When not involved in sailing, there’s plenty of time to read, play board games, or share sailing stories at the bar.

During this iconic ocean voyage, it’s impossible not to be captivated by the beauty and power of the ocean. As we venture further into the Atlantic Ocean, it may seem equally impossible that humans could have had any negative impact on such a remote stretch of water. At this point, thanks to the support of our partners at Waste Free Oceans, we invite our guests to participate in our citizen science project to help assess the purity of the waters in which we sail. At intervals during the voyage, we will trawl a small net to capture what is floating in the ocean, whether plankton, fish, or small pieces of ocean litter and microplastics. Many find it shocking to discover evidence of humanity’s impact on the environment hundreds of miles offshore, but witnessing this has a powerful effect, inspiring us to take action. Your contribution will help raise awareness and inspire change.

Porto Santo’s nine golden kilometers of fine sand, bathed by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, provide an enviable view for the passengers of Santa Maria Manuela as we arrive. The ship anchors right in front of this beach, which in 2012 was voted by ‘7 Wonders: Beaches of Portugal’ as “the best dune beach” and is said to have medicinal qualities. After a dip in the tepid waters of Porto Santo, there is nothing better than relaxing in the sand dunes before returning to the ship for sundowners.


Arriving in Funchal by sea offers stunning views of the city perched on an ancient volcanic slope, a mecca for hikers, cyclists, and golfers. Shadowing the city are impressive mountains covered in laurel bushes and banana trees, a natural park which was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

When preparing for your voyage please note:

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
  • All guests must be between the ages of 14 and 80 years old at the time of travel



For this product Portuguese taxation will be applied. If you require an invoice it is necessary to request it to Santa Manuel Manuela S.A. with tax code PT-515 755 028.

Price: 765,003.672,00

Availability: Last places available


Santa María Manuela

The Santa Maria Manuela was launched on 10 May 1937 in Lisbon. It is a 67-metre sailing ship. The ship was named after the owner’s wife, Maria Manuela, mother of 16 children. The main function of the Santa Maria Manuela was cod fishing. The Santa Maria Manuela underwent a number of structural changes over the years, from the removal of the masts to the installation of a navigation bridge. In 1993 the ship was considered obsolete, was dismantled and only the steel hull remained. The following year the Santa María Manuela Foundation was created, a project that united 17 institutions under the same purpose: to recover the ship. The SMM now has unique conditions for sea voyages, events, parties and training at sea. Predominant colour WHITE.

Journey details


Lisboa (PT)


Funchal (PT)

Map of the journey

What is included

  • Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Set sail from Lisbon’s 25 de Abril suspension bridge
  • Sail 521 nautical miles into the Autumn sun with a following wind
  • Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ship’s life
  • Spot for whales and dolphins, fish, share sailing stories by the bar or lose yourself in a good book
  • Support our citizen science project to raise awareness of the problem with marine litter
  • Stop to swim in the clear blue waters of Porto Santo with its 9 km beach
  • Consider spending a few days exploring the striking mountainous island of Madeira after you disembark

What it does not include

• Flights
• Transportation to and from the Santa Maria Manuela
• Add-on excursions not mentioned in this programme
• Discretionary tips.
• Travel insurance **
• Dive courses
• Wet suit rental *
* Price depends on equipment needed
** Dive insurance is required and general travel insurance is highly recommended
This amazing adventure does not require diving experience.

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Journey: Lisbao (PT) – Funchal, Madeira (PT)
Price: 765,003.672,00

Availability: Last places available

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