Charter Operator
Casa Velha do Palheiro

Member since August 2014 Funchal, Portugal
Background
Madeira Marlin - Balancal is run by Casa Velha do Palheiro, specializing in excellent game fishing and incredible customer services. Their captains are experienced, passionate, and will do everything to provide their customers with an incredible fishing experience. Born in the Azores, Captain Salomão Lopes grew up on the sea, surrounded with boats and fishing. He used to work as a boat mechanic and now is one of the top captains in the area, specializing in pelagics. Captain Anibal Fernandes has a reputation of being one of the most skillful anglers in Madeira. After 20 years of being a commercial fisherman in South Africa, he returned to his home in Madeira in 1982 and started working as the skipper of 'Anguila.' One of his biggest accomplishments is catching and tagging an 800+ lb Blue Marlin. He's been operating the Balancal since 2000.

Hey, we're Casa Velha do Palheiro

Funchal, Portugal
Background
Madeira Marlin - Balancal is run by Casa Velha do Palheiro, specializing in excellent game fishing and incredible customer services. Their captains are experienced, passionate, and will do everything to provide their customers with an incredible fishing experience. Born in the Azores, Captain Salomão Lopes grew up on the sea, surrounded with boats and fishing. He used to work as a boat mechanic and now is one of the top captains in the area, specializing in pelagics. Captain Anibal Fernandes has a reputation of being one of the most skillful anglers in Madeira. After 20 years of being a commercial fisherman in South Africa, he returned to his home in Madeira in 1982 and started working as the skipper of 'Anguila.' One of his biggest accomplishments is catching and tagging an 800+ lb Blue Marlin. He's been operating the Balancal since 2000.

My Charter Listing

Madeira Marlin - Balancal

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(14 reviews)
Funchal
trips from $635

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos & videos by reviewers (29)
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 14 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Amazing day!
Morning half day trip that was absolutely perfect!
Morning half day trip that was absolutely perfect!
+26
Angler Rating
13
0
1
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
92%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
64%
Satisfied with the boat
92%
Catch intended fish
62%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 14 reviews
Kate L.
Santa Fe, NM
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Amazing day!

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (AM) on August 7, 2021
We are a family of five, Mom, Dad, & three boys ages 10, 20 & 23. We are forever struggling to find things for the whole family...
Kate L. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
Kate L. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful

Jussi K.
Lisbon, 11
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Morning half day trip that was absolutely perfect!

VERIFIED   Half Day - Exclusive (AM) on July 28, 2021
I have been dreaming of going big game fishing a long time and finally decided to do it. The crew was very kind and helpful...
Jussi K. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
Jussi K. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful

Melvyn Y.
Lisbon, Lisbon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip - Off Season on May 9, 2022
Fun day and great friendly crew (shame the fish weren’t feeding) but crew gave all they could to catch
Melvyn Y. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
Melvyn Y. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful

Arthur B.
Lisbon, Lisbon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Jonathan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Off Season on March 9, 2022
Arthur B. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
1 person finds this review helpful
You and 1 other person found this review helpful
Arthur B. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
1 person finds this review helpful
You and 1 other person found this review helpful

Paul L.
Funchal, Madeira
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day trip with Captain Solomon

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Off Season on April 23, 2019
Solomon and his mate David looked after me and my ten year old son very well despite my lad being sea sick a couple of times...
Paul L. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
Paul L. recommends Madeira Marlin - Balancal
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful