“THE SANTA MARIA “ was built on the island of Madeira, between July 1997 and Jully 1998, in the fishing village of Camara de Lobos by Robert Wijntje, a dutchman and by local craftsmen. In 1998, the SANTA MARIA represented the Madeira Wine Expo 98 in Lisbon, where she was visited by 97.016 people in only 25 days. Since then thousands more have sailed and continue to sail aboard the SANTA MARIA, experiencing more than just a normal boat ride.
The Santa Maria is also the most photographed boat in Madeira. Various television documentries both local and international have been made on board this famous boat, including Discovery Channel - "The quest for Columbus".
The idea of this boat trip is to feel the history, while at the same time enjoying the breathtaking views of Madeira´s south coast. This really enjoyable trip is done on a daily basis, twice a day and sails off from the harbor in Funchal. The tour lasts for 3 hours and the sighting of dolphins and whales is imminent.
A great attention to detail was given to everything aboard the boat. Sailing along the coast of Madeira in the Santa Maria will undoubtably take you back to the 15th century. Join us aboard the Santa Maria and re-live Cristopher Columbus´s voyage of discovery and imagine how he and his crew felt as they headed into the unknown.
Depending which way the wind is blowing, we will either go east or west. The reason for this is that we try use the sails whenever possible. Everyone loves to see the sales up.
Whales and dolphins can be seen in Madeira right through the year. Different species migrate through our waters at different times of the year. So there is a good chance of spotting something.
On all our trips we include a special touch of Madeira. Madeira honeycake and our famous Madeira wine is offered for free to all our clients. We also stop for a swim at Cabo Girão.
Cristoforo Colombo was born in 1451. He spent many years in the Portuguese Merchant navy, often calling into Madeira for various reasons, on different occasions.
In 1478, Columbus was commissioned by Paolo di Negro, a Genoese living in Lisbon, to go to Madeira to purchase from Ludovico Centurione, a resident of Genoa, 2,400 arrobas of sugar.
In 1479 Columbus married Filipa Moniz Perestrello, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartholomew Perestrello, the first governor of the island of Porto Santo. They settled on Porto Santo until Columbus and Felipa moved to the larger island of Madeira in 1480 or 1481, soon after their son Diego was born. It is believed that Felipa died soon thereafter.
In 1492 after many years of being refused permission, the King and Queen of Spain agreed to fund his voyage in search of the Indies. Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain with three small Spanish sailing ships, the Pinta, the Niña, and the Santa María, on a voyage that eventually led him to America.
“This was one of the best boat trips, I have ever been on, in my life.”
Sailing along the coast of Madeira in the Santa Maria will take you back to the 15th century. Re-live his voyage of discovery and imagine how he felt as he headed into the unknown.