Canyoning in Madeira Island, Portugal

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 to go, as the island has fast become a world-renowned destination for the outdoor activity. Sub-tropical Madeira with big dramatic mountains, beautiful nature, 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. Safety, fun and quality is paramount to us and you’ll good hands with our awesome, local canyoning guides. 

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 Madeira Level 1

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

Canyoning Madeira Level 2

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

Canyoning Madeira Level 3

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 canyoning moments than having us there as your very own adventure media crew? We can include pictures and a personalised highlights video on our hosted activity tours or holiday packages. It’s a love of our job seeing all the happy faces back on the videos 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 include pictures in an activity only sale.

How much will canyoning in Madeira Island 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.


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 activity sales or day tours, but 6 – 8 weeks for multi-night packages; including accommodation. Most customers pay by bank transfer, but we can also accept debit and credit card transaction upon request. We do accept USD, GBP and EUR.

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 a Madeira canyoning adventure 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
  • Spare socks
  • Sun cream
  • Water (please try and avoid throw away single use plastic!)
  • Any medication you need to keep on you, such as an asthma pump


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 groups with 10+ people in Madeira.

While we can accept larger group bookings, please note we do have to work safely with the risk factors and the environment we operate in, meaning ratios must be adhered to. Larger groups may be split into smaller teams and staggered slightly by start times. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your group size.

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 10-200+ 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.

Gaya G.
Gaya G.
Daniel and Heleen from Big Blue Adventures helped the Passle team to have the most amazing team... building trip in Madeira. Our days were filled with a big array of adventures, including canyoning (OMG what fun!!!), mountain biking, 4x4 discovery tour, wine tasting, tobogganing, poncha making, dolphin watching, sailing, swimming, tasting local amazing food, and more. Both Dan and Heleen and the local guides were fabulous, fun to have around, really good at their job. On top of it, all the silliness was dutifully and expertly documented. Thank you for the most epic times, guys!read more
Oli C.
Oli C.
Excellent experience with Heleen who organised Canyoning and paintballing for a party of 16 people.... Very good adventure and Pete and Ali were great guides in canyoning - paintballing also good funread more
Edward S.
Edward S.
Fantastic stag do. Dan was really helpful with getting everything organised and the canyoning... couldn't have been more

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Why We Love This…

“If you love adventure then canyoning in Madeira Island 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