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Skadar Lake: Birdwatching Boat Trip with Refreshments

1. Skadar Lake: Birdwatching Boat Trip with Refreshments

As the boat leaves Virpazar, you will first cruise past Fort Lesendro, built in the 18th century. As you head out onto the lake, you will be able to see many species of birds, especially cormorants and seagulls. You may even see pelicans drying their wings on top of the fort’s walls.  After that, you will cruise along the Moraca river. This area is a bird reserve and you will have the privilege to see up to 15 different bird species, depending on the time of the year.  Next, the boat will proceed inside the small and narrow channels that are surrounded by water lilies and reeds. If you are lucky enough, you may have the chance to see some nests and baby birds. The boat will then cruise around three beautiful islands - Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak. On the other side of the islands, you will have free time to go swimming, with the beautiful mountains of Vranjina in the background.

From Virpazar: Skadar Lake Cruise to Rijeka Crnojevića

2. From Virpazar: Skadar Lake Cruise to Rijeka Crnojevića

Enjoy a cruise on the idyllic waters of Skadar lake with this guided tour from Virpazar. Stop for an hour in the stunning village of Rijeka for some free time and bottled water and local wine along the way. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters before ending your experience.  Begin your journey in Virpazar, the tiny fishing village located in the heart of Skadar lake. Leave the village’s pier, gliding along a narrow river channel, fringed by reeds and willows. Exiting the channel, hit the deep-blue waters of Skadar lake. Admire views of mountains far away in Albania and the island Vranjina, proudly standing against the largest lake in Southern Europe. Turn left, and go under the bridge “Tanki rt.” See the endless fields of water chestnuts boarding the lake. Discover the 18th century fortress Lesendro which still hides the secret of Njegoš's eternal sorrow. Spy birds, lined up along the remains of the walls. Admire the 3 nearby islet and cruise over white and yellow water lily flowers (in season) and their large, floating, dark green leaves. Pass through the heart of the fjord Pavlova strana and reach the old fisherman's village called Rijeka Crnojevića. Uncover the village's historical significance, authentic architecture, and a beautiful natural environment. Have the chance to try delicious Montenegrin specialties. Take your time and explore this beautiful tiny town. After one hour, climb abroad the boat again and head back to Virpazar. After some time, the boat will stop at a place surrounded by open water and rough coast, and you will have extra time to go swimming. 

Virpazar: Skadar Lake Private Wildlife Cruise & Wine Tasting

3. Virpazar: Skadar Lake Private Wildlife Cruise & Wine Tasting

As the boat leaves Virpazar, you will first cruise under the bridge and around Fort Lesendro, built in the 18th century. As you head out onto the lake, you will be able to see many species of birds, especially cormorants and seagulls. You may even see pelicans drying their wings on top of the fort’s walls if you are lucky enough. After that, you will cruise along the Moraca river. This area is a bird reserve and you will have the privilege to see up to 15 different bird species, depending on the time of the year. Next, the boat will proceed inside the small and narrow channels that are surrounded by water lilies and reeds. If you are lucky enough, you may have the chance to see some nests and baby birds. The boat will then cruise around three beautiful islands - Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak. On the other side of the islands, you will have free time to go swimming, with the beautiful mountain wreath in the background.

Virpazar: Private Skadar Lake Cruise to Poseljani Village

4. Virpazar: Private Skadar Lake Cruise to Poseljani Village

After meeting your local guide in Virpazar, cruise to the Lesendro Fortress and admire it from approximately 20 meters (66 feet) away. While there, see breathtaking scenery and a variety of birds, including cormorants, seagulls, and, if you’re lucky, pelicans. The birds love drying their wings on top of the walls of this fortification, with the beautiful mountain of Vranjina and the light blue sky in the background. Next, proceed inside the small and narrow channels surrounded by carpets of water lilies and reeds. This area is often called the safari part of the lake because it resembles wild passages in old forests. There, if you’re lucky enough, you will have the chance to see some nests and baby birds.  The boat will then cruise around three beautiful islands — Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak — before continuing in a similar small channel surrounded by the rough Montenegrin coast. This channel will lead you to the bottom of the hill where the village is situated.  Upon arrival in Poseljani, enjoy a nice walk to explore the wild beauty around the lake and the village’s architecture, old mills, and bridges. After approximately 15 minutes, reach an area of natural waterfalls and have some time to refresh and enjoy this hidden pearl of the lake. Finally, return the same way to the boat and then cruise back to Virpazar across the open lake.

Skadar Lake: Private Cruise around the Montenegrin Alcatraz

5. Skadar Lake: Private Cruise around the Montenegrin Alcatraz

Start the tour by boarding the boat at the dock in Virpazar. Then, set off on your scenic 1-hour cruise across the beautiful blue waters of Lake Skadar. First, navigate along a small river channel, surrounded by water lilies, reeds, and trees until you reach the open lake.  Out on the open water, soak up the incredible views of Mount Vranjina and the impressive ranges in Albania. Cruise up close to Snakes Island for a closer look at the Montenegrin Alcatraz. Admire this impressive fortification called Grmožur from approximately 20 meters distance as you circle around it.  During the journey, marvel at the breathtaking panoramas, and keep you eyes peeled for many species of native birds including cormorants, seagulls, and, if you are lucky, maybe some pelicans. Observe them drying their wings on the top of the walls of Grmožur.  Next, the boat will stop in the middle of the open lake for the chance for you to take a refreshing swim. Ensure you bring your bathing suit and towel so you can immerse yourself in the crystal-clear blue waters. Finally, return back to the starting point where the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Virpazar

The trip on the lake was lovely and the guide funny and chatty. He slowed down in places where there was something to sea. It was late summer so we didn’t swim. We all enjoyed the wine. Pity there were very few birds on the lake perhaps because of the time of year or time of day?

Experience that lasts forever. The staff were amazing and the tour ended with a dip in skadar lake. It was a lot of fun and above all enriching.

A peaceful moment in the middle of superb landscapes, with a smiling and friendly captain. Beautiful memories!

Got to see a lot of birds: dalmatian pelican, terns, grebes, cormorants!

Amazing Cruise with a very kind Captain. Wort every penny.