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Ponta da Oliveira

Find a secluded dive spot in the cove protected by this dramatic rocky bluff or walk along cliff-top paths to take in Atlantic coast views.

The rugged headland of Ponta da Oliveira jutting out from Caniço’s coast is a landmark on Madeira, known for its intriguing history, dramatic scenery and magical underwater world. Dive into the crystalline waters around Ponta da Oliveira to explore mysterious caves and spot schools of iridescent fish. Walk along the scenic headland and find the spot that marked a territorial split in Madeira’s early history.

Wander along the walking track that follows Ponta da Oliveira’s ridge. A vertical drop gives way to deep Atlantic Ocean waters. Below you to the east, check out a rocky beach and views that extend along the dramatic cape. The dark boulders of the bluff make a striking contrast with the sapphire-colored ocean. To the west, you can see the launching point of the local dive center.

Visit the dive center and book lessons or a guided trip around Ponta da Oliveira and the Caniço coastline. The dive center’s base is protected by the rocky protrusion of Ponta da Oliveira, providing ideal snorkeling and scuba diving conditions. A dive around the craggy cliffs and secret underwater caves will reveal the mystical marine biodiversity that thrives in the tropical Gulf Stream and vast Atlantic Ocean. Spot monk seals, damselfish, sea stars, spider crabs and anemones in the clear waters around the lava flow rocks.

You can also swim in various coastal swimming pools nearby, which are filled with fresh seawater and provide safe conditions for taking in the beautiful south-coast views. Join a relaxing boat tour or walk along nearby levadas. The Palheiro Gardens and the 18-hole Palheiro Golf Course are within easy reach.

Ponta da Oliveira is located in Caniço on Madeira’s south coast. The bluff is within 15 minutes’ drive from both Madeira Airport in Santa Cruz to the east and Funchal to the west. The best time of year for diving is between July and October.

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Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive CA $237
Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive

Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive

Praia dos Reis Magos, Santa Cruz
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Santa Cruz resort is within a 15-minute walk of Reis Magos Beach and Ponta da Oliveira. Santa Cruz Beach and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Four Views Oasis Hotel
    Four Views Oasis Hotel

    Four Views Oasis Hotel

    Praia dos Reis Magos, Santa Cruz, Madeira
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Santa Cruz hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Reis Magos Beach and Ponta da Oliveira. Santa Cruz Beach and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Rocamar Lido Resort CA $127
      Rocamar Lido Resort

      Rocamar Lido Resort

      Caminho Cais da Oliveira, Caniço de Baixo, Santa Cruz
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Cruz Beach, Madeira Botanical Garden and Madeira Stadium. Funchal Farmers Market and Town Square are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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        Galo Resort Hotel Galomar - Adults Friendly

        Galo Resort Hotel Galomar - Adults Friendly

        Rua D Francisco Santana 10, Santa Cruz
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Santa Cruz hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ponta da Oliveira and Reis Magos Beach. Pinnacle Viewpoint is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

          Galo Resort Hotel Galosol
          Galo Resort Hotel Galosol

          Galo Resort Hotel Galosol

          Rua D. Francisco Santana, Caniço de Baixo, Santa Cruz, Madeira
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Santa Cruz, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Ponta da Oliveira and Reis Magos Beach. Pinnacle Viewpoint is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Vila Ventura Apartment Hotel
            Vila Ventura Apartment Hotel

            Vila Ventura Apartment Hotel

            Caminho Cais Da Oliveira, Santa Cruz
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ponta da Oliveira and Reis Magos Beach. Santa Cruz Beach and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço
              1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço

              1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço

              Caminho Cais de Oliveira, Santa Cruz, Madeira Region
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ponta da Oliveira and Reis Magos Beach. Santa Cruz Beach and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço
                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço

                1 Bedroom Accommodation in Caniço

                Caminho Cais de Oliveira, Santa Cruz, Madeira Region
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ponta da Oliveira and Reis Magos Beach. Santa Cruz Beach and Madeira Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).