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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Madeira, Portugal

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Madeira...

Madeira is a beach in Portugal. The water temperature around Madeira changes moderately year round. The temperature ranges from 16.8°C (62.2°F) in March up to 22.9°C (73.2°F) in the month of September, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 20°C (68°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since Madeira is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Madeira?

The current water temperature in the month of December at Madeira is about:
0°C (32°F)

Are there surf spots located close to Madeira?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Madeira. The closest one is Ponta Delgada, which is just 5.2km (5miles) away from Madeira. Click here for more information on Ponta Delgada and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Madeira are Porto da cruz, which is 8.1km (5miles) away, and Jardim do mar, located roughly 14.8km (9.2miles) from Madeira.

Are there any other gorgeous beaches near Madeira?

There are some nice beaches near to Madeira. The nearest one is Praia Formosa, which is 8.5km (5.3miles) away from Madeira. Another nice beach near Madeira is Praia da Calheta, which is ca 11km (6.9miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Madeira?

The sea temperature at Madeira is warm, reaching up to 23°C (73°F) in the months of August, September, and October. During this time, in the early fall, a thin wetsuit top or a jumpsuit might be required to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok without a rashguard or thin top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Madeira. Nevertheless, during early spring, water temperatures drop down to nearly 17°C (62°F). In this season, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top. For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a 4/3 wetsuit.

How is the diving and fishing close to Madeira?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions change a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 17 to 22°C (62-71°F) during February, March, and April. Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions typically change during fall when sea temperatures go up to 18 to 23°C (64-73°F). Fish that can often times be found in waters of this temperature range include: Bigeye Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Spotted Seatrout, and White Marlin.

Directions to Madeira: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Madeira...

Do you know what the the city Cikaras in Indonesia, the city Pasadena in United States, and the city Doka in Indonesia have in common with Madeira? Click on the links to find out...