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Virpazar: 3-Hour Skadar Lake Cruise to Monastery Kom

1. Virpazar: 3-Hour Skadar Lake Cruise to Monastery Kom

Climb aboard your boat and set off to see the magnificent 18th-century fortress of Lesendro while admiring the breathtaking scenery around you. Cruise along the Moraca River, a bird reserve with up to 15 different species. Depending on the time of year, you'll spot native birds such as cormorants, seagulls, and if you're lucky, even pelicans.  Cruise along the narrow channels of the Skadar Lake and gaze in awe at the carpets of beautiful lily flowers and reeds. This area is often called the safari part of the lake because it resembles wild passages in old forests. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see some nests with baby birds in it. Discover the three beautiful islands of Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak and continue through a similar small channel leading you to Odrinska Gora, the home of the Monastery Kom. Listen to the tales and stories about its past and get acquainted with the lifestyle of the monks residing here. Marvel at the artworks inside the monastery and take time to explore this hidden island gem.  Then, board your boat again, returning to the meeting point. On the way back, your captain will take an alternate route so you can admire the three islands from the other side. You'll also have the chance to go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the lake. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

Skadar Lake: Birdwatching Boat Trip with Refreshments

2. 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.

Skadar Lake: Half-day Cruise Tour - the River of Crnojević

3. Skadar Lake: Half-day Cruise Tour - the River of Crnojević

First, you will cruise towards the 18th Century fortress of Lesendro. You will see breathtaking scenery with birds, especially cormorants and seagulls, but if you are lucky enough you will get to see pelicans as well, they love drying their wings on top of her walls, with the beautiful mountain of Vranjina and light blue sky in the backgrounds. After cruising near the fortress of Lesendro you will proceed inside the small and narrow channels that are surrounded by, as we like to call them, carpets of water lily flowers and reeds. This area is often called the 'safari' part of the lake. In this area if you are lucky enough, you will have the chance to even see some nests and baby birds. The boat will then cruise around three beautiful islands - Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak. The boat will than proceed inside the breathtaking fjord Pavlova Strana, which is considered to be the most beautiful place on Skadar lake. It will lead you to an old fisherman's village called the river of Crnojević. Over there you will have around an hour to explore the village.  On the way back the boat will stop at a place surrounded by open water and rough coast and you will have extra time provided for swimming, so be sure to bring your swimsuit.

Virpazar: Private Guided 2-Hour Lake Skadar Boat Tour

4. Virpazar: Private Guided 2-Hour Lake Skadar Boat Tour

Your 2-hour tour begins in Virpazar from where you will travel through the river channel surrounded by lotus flowers and cane before reaching the open lake. Throughout your boat tour, explore islands which are protected by UNESCO, fishing villages, and hidden passages, among other attractions. Skadar Lake is a treasure trove for a large number of birds which you will see during the tour. As you travel, your knowledgeable guide will also dig into the lake's history through providing expert commentary. There will be some free time to enjoy a refreshing swim on the open lake or on the private beach, following which you can enjoy a refreshing drink on board. At the conclusion of your experience, return to Virpazar.

Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip with Boat Cruise

5. Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip with Boat Cruise

Your tour begins with a complimentary pickup from your hotel in Dubrovnik. From there travel to the border, 45 kilometers south of Dubrovnik. Once you make it over the border to Montenegro, your adventure starts.  Travel to and explore the small town of Perast. Take a boat to Kotor to begin your sightseeing cruise. First, visit a small man-made island in the middle of Kotor Bay: the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks, one of the most important symbols of Montenegro with fascinating scenery and architecture.  Following a short visit, your cruise continues to Kotor, the most important Venetian port on this side of the Adriatic Coast. UNESCO-listed since 1979, this town is surrounded by 4.5-km-long city walls and contains a fascinating Old Town.  Choose to climb up to the walls, visit the museums, walk the streets, or just enjoy having lunch in one of the great local restaurants. At the end of your experience, return back to Dubrovnik where your guide will take you back to your hotel.

From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Boat Tour from Perast to Kotor

6. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Boat Tour from Perast to Kotor

Take a day trip to Montenegro and sail down the Adriatic Coast. See Boka Kotorska Bay, explore Kotor, and wander through Perast. Come across UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you explore Montenegro. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Dubrovnik and drive to the border crossing with Montenegro to climb aboard a boat and cruise to Kotor. Admire the Venetian port and defensive city walls from the water. Get breathtaking views of the fjord and learn more about the cultural heritage of Boka Kotorska Bay. Enjoy free time to explore the monuments of the Old Town. Board the boat again and sail to the small town of Perast. Visit the artificial island of Our Lady of the Rocks on arrival, and get some free time for lunch in the beautiful town center. Stroll the streets to find Baroque palaces, Orthodox monuments, and other UNESCO World Heritage monuments at your own pace. Marvel at the stone defense towers that remain untouched, and follow in the footsteps of Russian czars and Venetian princes who sailed in Kotor Bay. Return to Perast by air-conditioned bus or minivan, and continue to Dubrovnik after the border crossing.

Virpazar: Kayak Rental for Lake Skadar National Park

7. Virpazar: Kayak Rental for Lake Skadar National Park

Upon your arrival someone from the team will provide you all of the information necessary for you to do this experience safely. You start at the center of Virpazar. First you will paddle through a small channel that leads you to the open lake. Next, you aim for the bridge that is situated on your left side. You will go under it. After passing the bridge, on your right side you will see a fortress - Lesendro. If you enjoy watching the birds you should paddle around the fortress which will lead you inside the beginning of river Morača which is considered as an bird reserve. You proceed your experience to the three islands that you have already seen, that are in the middle of the lake. You will aim for the first one and make a circle around it, from right to left side of it. You will have the opportunity to go through the most beautiful part of the lake - small channel that is surrounded by water lillies and reeds covering the water. When on the other side of the island, looking at the shore, you will see few wild beaches and a private one. If you want to take a break and swim to refresh yourself, any of these beaches is the perfect spot. After your brake you just go back under the bridge, aiming for the entrance to the channel leading you back to Virpazar.

Virpazar: Skadar Lake PRIVATE Boat Tour to Kom Monastery

8. Virpazar: Skadar Lake PRIVATE Boat Tour to Kom Monastery

Journey through Skadar Lake on a 3-hour boat tour from Virpazar. Look for local birds and listen to music along the way to the Kom Monastery. Have some free time to enjoy a dip in the lake.  Meet your guide in Virpazar and make your way through a river channel surrounded by lotus flowers before you reach the open lake. Let your guide show you UNESCO-protected islands and charming fishing villages nestled on the shore.  Visit Kom Monastery and take in panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. Hear about the unique history of this monastery from your local guide. View colorful frescoes in this rustic religious retreat.  Use the provided birdwatching book and equipment to look for birds like pygmy cormorants, spoonbills, and Squacco herons. Learn about the history of the lake as you listen to commentary from your guide.  Take time for a refreshing swim on the open lake or at a private beach. After your swim, relax with a drink onboard. Return to Virpazar at the end of your tour. 

Skadar Lake: Self-Guided Bird Tour & Kayak Rental

9. Skadar Lake: Self-Guided Bird Tour & Kayak Rental

Drift around water lilies and reeds as you kayak through one of the biggest bird reserves in Europe. Spot Skadar Lake’s 270 bird species, including cormorants, gulls, and squacco. Take in the natural beauty at your own pace with one-hour, two-hour, and whole-day booking options. Begin your adventure in Virpazar with a basic safety and route briefing. Paddle through the open lake to a bridge that connects two villages, Virpazar and Vranjina, known as Little Venice. Take a break for fresh fish soup at the local restaurant if you’re feeling peckish before heading to Fort Lesendro.  Glide past the bird sanctuary and around the islands of Cakovica and Kamenik. Lounge in the sun at the local beaches and swim in the clear lake waters.

Skadar Lake: Private Cruise around the Montenegrin Alcatraz

10. 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 Adriatic Coast, Montenegro

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 320 reviews

It was a day full of adventure, we couldn’t ask for more. Our guide was awesome. Kotor is a very nice city. The boat cruise expectacular. We even had time to go to the beach which we appreciated because it was a very hot day. We had a little problem with the air conditioning of our bus which was solved successfully by our guide. She was very professional and we want to thank her for her efforts to look after our comfort and safety.

Everything went as it should. The guide was great and spoke clear English. The air conditioning of the bus could have been more efficient, so the journeys would have been even more meaningful. On the other hand, the weather was really hot.

Beautiful place, kayaks really enable you to feel closer to the birds without scaring them off like a noisy motor boat.

Very good experience with magnificent landscapes only visible by canoe. Welcoming and helpful staff.

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