Canyoning in Madeira, Portugal

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World-class canyoning adventures in tropical Madeira, Portugal. A must do bucketlist activity!

Canyoning is one of the adventures everybody needs to try at least once in their lives! As an activity it is the perfect harmony between nature and adventure. Complete with fun jumps, natural slides, exploring waterfalls and taking on heart pumping abseils – canyoning is a well-rounded activity experience. And while you’re in Madeira it would just be rude not too go, as the island has fast become a world-renowned destination for the outdoor activity. Sub-tropical Madeira with big dramatic mountains covered in natural forests and stunning waterways is the perfect backdrop for us. We have something for everyone and have adapted routes for all levels from beginners to the more experienced canyoning adventurers.

Big Blue Adventures specialises in group adventure travel including outdoor activities, adventure day tours or multi-night breaks across Portugal. So, whether you just need to the book your canyoning activity only, a fun day out or multi-activity holiday, please contact us via the quote button, the website chat or call us today.

Canyoning Level 1

Beginner Level
15m abseil & much more
Small to large groups

Canyoning Level 4 & 5

Advanced Canyoning
60 – 100m abseils
Small groups

Canyoning Level 2

Intermediate Level
30m abseil & much more
Small to large groups

Canyoning Level 3

Lower Advanced Level
More abseil than jumps
Smaller groups are best

Activity Only Canyoning

Transfers optional
Pictures only & no video
Activity only sale

Canyoning Day Tour

Transfers & exploring
Food & drinks
Pictures & highlights video

Multi-night Adventures

Multi-activity & extra canyoning
Group accommodation
Package extras

Pictures and Video

What better way to capture those special surf moments than having us there as your very own media crew? We will be there like proud hosts and we include pictures and a personalised highlights video. We love surfing and the smiles it puts on everyone’s faces. We get a real buzz from putting together the highlights and sharing them with you after the trip.

Photos and video are typically included in the day tours and multi-night trips only, but we can on request try and include pictures in activity only. It depends on our instructors.

How much will canyoning in Madeira cost?

All our day and multi-night packages are 100% tailor-made for you! So, we can create a Big Blue Adventure to suit specific budgets and what you would like to include for the perfect activity experience. The more surfs or activities and package elements you include the more that package will cost. It also depends on your final numbers in the group: generally larger groups have a cheaper per person rate over smaller groups as there are more people to split the core package costs between. Best thing to do is request a quote – it costs you nothing to start the ball rolling and say hello, we can send a great package your way from there.

Canyoning only sessions vary on location, the level of adventure and again size within the groups. Please contact us to discuss your ideas for a price and package.


When you’re ready to book your canyoning tour we simply start with a 30% non-refundable deposit to confirm it all. The final balance is typically required no later than 3 weeks before your activity date for day tours, or 6 weeks for multi-night packages. Most customers pay by bank transfer, but we can also accept debit and credit card transaction upon request.

We can also make some changes between the deposit and the final balance payment. Such as amending a few dropouts / attendee increases, or making some package changes within reason. For further information please do see our terms and conditions.

What to bring

To take part in canyoning all you need is:

  • Swimwear or spare underwear for under the wetsuit. Try and avoid boardies as anything baggy can be very uncomfortable under a wetsuit
  • A towel is provided if you want to use our partner’s or do bring your own towel
  • Spare socks
  • Suncream
  • Water (please try and avoid throw away single use plastic!)
  • Any medication you need to keep on you, such as an asthma pump or EpiPen etc


All the essential kit is included; wetsuits, safety and climbing kit. We also provide canyoning boots.

Are meals & drinks included?

We can include lunch, a packed lunch or dinner after the canyoning session. It all depends on what type of meal you want, how much budget you have for the meal and free time. We work with some amazing local places with a variety of cuisine types from surfy vibes with a sunset finish on the west coast to mountain BBQs with poncha. We can work on this to fit the itinerary and plans!

Group Sizes

We welcome all size groups in Madeira. The larger your group size the cheaper it is person. Generally for group tour packages we work with groups of 6 people + but do still contact us if you have a smaller group.

Why Adventure With Us…

Quality Group Activities
We work as one big team with our activity providers, making sure that together we offer a high quality experience for groups. Each activity has been tried & tested, and personally chosen by us.
Handpicked Destinations

Our Big Blue destinations offer great group accommodation options, good travel links, quality facilities and world-class adventures. We spend a lot of time at our locations and know what works well for groups.

Group Specialists

Specialists in hosted group adventure travel, with numbers between 6-100+ people. BBA offers an award winning service; we’ll always go the extra mile to ensure our packages are perfect for your crew.

Highlights Video

 The best way to remember your canyoning activity? A highlights video that captures all the best moments of your adventure. Video & pictures are included in all of our multi-night packages and day tours.

Chantal S.
Chantal S.
Absolutely loved my hike and first canyoning experience ever with them. They will do everything... within their power to make your trip unforgettable. Another bonus: they're very nice people!read more
Damien J.
Damien J.
Amazing day canyoning with Dan, Molly and the BBA crew! Impeccably organised from start to finish... and wonderful location and setup. Highlight of our weekend. Massive thank youread more
Trent M.
Trent M.
Had an awesome day out with canyoning n cliff jumping crew on Sunday jus gone! Very professionally... ran n highly recommend everyone n anyone to take part! Cheers heaps for an amazing day!!read more

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Why We Love This…

“If you love adventure then canyoning has to be on your bucketlist. With a variety of difficulty levels there is something for all types of adventurers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, canyoning is just spectacular. I love being out there in nature, seeing all the tropical plants and trees Madeira is famous for, whilst playing around in the water and getting a proper adrenaline hit. It ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable day out!”

Heleen – Co-Owner