Get ready to relax on a natural sanctuary
The Santa Maria Manuela leaves the beautiful tropical city of Funchal for the golden sands of Porto Santo. After a day of exploring, the ship sails through the natural sanctuary of Ilhas Desertas to arrive back in Funchal.
Why this trip is for you:
Explore Funchal and nearby UNESCO Word Heritage natural park;
Take the helm, trim the sails and help to navigate;
Swim off Porto Santo's famous nine kilometer golden beach, voted in 2012 by '7 Wonders: Beaches of Portugal' as "The Best dune beach"
Christened in 1937, and after many decades as a Portuguese cod fishing vessel in Newfoundland the renovated Santa Maria Manuela today is amongst the more comfortable tall ships on the water. All are welcomed aboard as members of the sailing crew and given every opportunity get personally involved in the sailing of the ship. No previous sailing experience is required to enjoy a voyage aboard the Santa Maria Manuela, just a spirit of adventure.
The ship follows a varied schedule including sail training programs, tall ships races, adventure sailing holidays, diving expeditions golf tours and island and coastline hops with the opportunity to enjoy the local food and culture. We also offer team development programs in partnership with a professional corporate training company.
The ship's facilities include kayaks, stand up paddle boards, fishing equipment and two 14 man power boats, adding to the fun at anchor. Cabins are basic but comfortable, each with a private ensuite shower and toilet. Wifi is available through the ships satellite system.
The Salon Terra Nova seats 42 for meals with bench sofas also offering enough comfort to relax or to be used for company meetings. Bars on deck and below help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Food is a key part of the Santa Maria Manuela experience, with the ship's cook providing a variety of traditional Portuguese cuisine and other international dishes.
The ship is available for individual or group holidays, whole vessel charter, business meetings, events and product launches, and as a location for films.