Lake Skadar: Early-morning Birdwatching and Photography Boat Tour

Lake Skadar: Early-morning Birdwatching and Photography Boat Tour

Shared tour

Discover the magical nature of Lake Skadar and why it's called a birdwatcher's paradise. Witness the early-morning calmness and observe many rare species of birds as they soar through the sky or dive deep to catch their prey.

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English, Serbian


  • Cruise tucked inside a traditional wooden boat with a rooftop made from reeds.
  • Observe the birds and admire their beauty as they catch fish or bask in the Sun.
  • Watch the nature of Lake Skadar wake up as you glide through its fresh waters.
  • Sail down narrow paths with beautiful scenery following in the background.
  • Explore the stunning wilderness as you hear about the lake’s flora and fauna.

Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the calmness of Lake Skadar on our 2-hour guided birdwatching cruise. Let us lead you through the hidden paths of birds – admire them as they soar through the sky and enjoy their victorious sound.

  • Your adventure begins in Virpazar, a charming fishing village on Lake Skadar’s shores. This idyllic location is just a short half-hour drive from Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, and offers easy access to the lake. Once you arrive at the meeting point, someone from the Kingfisher team will check your vouchers and explain how to proceed. After that, you’re all set to board!

Climb abroad your čun – the traditional wooden boat this area is known for. Sit back and enjoy the calmness as we lead you through the paths where birds like to “hang out”.

Hear the stories the lake hides and learn about its unique ecosystem that attracts many bird species. Depending on the season, you can see black cormorants, gulls, coots, kingfishers, white and grey herons, eagles, turns, a range of ducks etc.

Dalmatian pelicans are the symbol of the lake and a perfect ambassador. This one is hard to see, but let us check our luck – it’s often on our side!

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Sightseeing boat tour with Wi-Fi onboard
  • Map with stories from the Lake Skadar area
  • Coffer or tea and blankets – to keep you worm
  • Life vests and other safety equipment
  • National park fee (5€ per person, free for children under 15)
  • Music onboard
  • Lunch/meals
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point & other important information

Join us at the Kingfisher information desk near the central bridge in Virpazar 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Click here for the exact location. 

It is important to note that the information desk is the designated meeting point, and you should arrive there only after you have parked and are ready to start the tour.

If you are running late and unable to reach the meeting point at the predetermined time, please get in touch with us immediately using the emergency phone number provided.

  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Swimwear and towels
  • Binoculars
  • Jacket

Please note that this tour is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. If it is raining or there are strong winds, we may alter the boat used for the tour, reschedule your booking for another day, or cancel the tour. We will contact you promptly in the event of any changes to your booking.

For any other questions, please check our FAQ page.

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Wonderful morning birdwatching trip
We did a birdwatching tour for 3 hours. We set off very early and were the first boat out. The view of the lake was beautiful. We also saw various birds - pelicans, pygmy cormorants, golden orioles, bee-eaters and many more. Our captain was knowledgeable and friendly.
Katrina G, Tripadvisor, May 2023
Bespoke Birdwatching tour to see the Dalmatian pelican
The excellent customer service made everything easy; we arranged our tour details in advance via WhatsApp. We met our captain early the following morning, and he greeted us with fruit tea, blankets, binoculars, and bird-spotting books. Although they emphasised that they couldn't promise we would see the Dalmatian pelican, our captain used all his expertise to locate one, and he was successful! The early start and cold breeze were worth it. I recommend this tour to any keen bird spotters.
Oliver M, Tripadvisor, April 2023
One of the highlights of our holiday.
The 7 am bird-watching Skadar lake boat trip was a wonderful experience. Kingfishers, herons, pelicans. All from a lovely old wooden boat. Great captain and super staff.
Paul Gregory, Google, October 2023

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