Water activity

Skadar Lake: Private Cruise around the Montenegrin Alcatraz

4.8 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Kingfisher

Skadar Lake: Private Cruise around the Montenegrin Alcatraz

Activity provider: Kingfisher

From US$ 42.15 per group up to 4

Discover the beautiful natural scenery, birdlife, and deep blue waters of Lake Skadar during a 1-hour cruise - perfect for those with not much time to explore the area. Get up close to Snakes Island and Montenegrin Alcatraz and take a refreshing swim.

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Duration 1 hour
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Private group


  • Cruise through the small river channel surrounded by reeds, water lilies, and trees
  • Admire views of the deep blue water and Albanian mountains
  • Observe Snakes Island and Montenegrin Alcatraz from approximately 20 meters distance
  • Discover the incredible native birdlife of the Skadar Lake region
  • Take a refreshing swim in the stunning crystal-clear waters
Full description
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.
  • Cruise
  • Refreshments (bottled water, juices)
  • Local wine
  • Local guide
  • Safety equipment
  • Transport to and from Virpazar
  • Entrance to the National Park tickets (€4 per adult)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

At the local operator's info point in the center of the village, Virpazar bb, Virpazar 81305, Montenegro. Look for the people in blue shirts, who have company name and logo on their shirts.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • -Please bring swimsuits and towels if you wish to swim
  • -Please note that entrance tickets to the national park are not included and cost €4 per adult
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4.8 /5

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We took a late afternoon one-hour private boat tour to the Montenegrin Alcatraz and truly enjoyed it. The captain was very hospitable, the views of the water lilies along the river out to Lake Skadar, Lake Skadar itself, and the mountains around the lake were amazing! The lake was very tranquil and beautiful. We also saw a lot of beautiful birds flying around over the water and perching on the 'Alcatraz'. The sun was setting while we were heading back to the shore and it transformed the whole experience into magical. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Montenegro.

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September 20, 2021

Very pleasant walk and very friendly staff; I recommend

April 23, 2022

October 12, 2022


Product ID: 384779