Day tour - 9 hours total Offered in English, Russian, Lithuanian Distance to paddle - 12 km (with stops) Difficulty - easy (suitable for beginners) No canoe or camping experience is necessary.
Ever wondered what does the bird paradise look like? The Bird Watch tour will give you precisely that - the sense of freedom and wilderness. The shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon share the confluence of the Nemunas and the Minija Rivers, where bulrush kingdom provides a shelter for millions of birds that migrate through these territories every season.
We will take you to the “hard to reach” spots that are only accessible by canoe. Thus, paddlers will admire the beauty and grace of the resting birds and undoubtedly the most spectacular panorama of the Nemunas River delta.
The adventure begins in the small fisherman's village Minge, located at the very end of the Minija River. We will start with a briefing, introduction to canoe paddling and will practice some basic canoe strokes in the local marina. We will paddle to our first stop for approximately forty minutes. A short coffee break with snacks and we are ready to enter the shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon. The local feathered inhabitants will probably be aware of our arrival long before we will see them, so get ready to bog down into bulrush and water lilies. Expand…
The adventure begins in the small fisherman's village Minge, located at the very end of the Minija River. We will start with a briefing, introduction to canoe paddling and will practice some basic canoe strokes in the local marina. We will paddle to our first stop for approximately forty minutes. A short coffee break with snacks and we are ready to enter the shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon. The local feathered inhabitants will probably be aware of our arrival long before we will see them, so get ready to bog down into bulrush and water lilies.
There is not that much camouflage options for the “sitting duck's” like us. Depending on the season, we may see red-necked grebe, bittern, white-tailed eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, cormorants, swans and many more. There are 170 different species of birds here in total, and if we are lucky enough, we might see the most gracious of them. After changing a couple of spots, your guide will take some stunning pictures of you paddling. You will also get some pictures taken from a drone! On our way back, depending on the tide and the weather, we will visit the Uostadvaris Lighthouse built in 1876 or/and the Cape Vente ornithological station with its modern exhibition and a great observation tower.
What we'll provide
Hand made cedar strip canoe, hand made wooden canoe paddle, PFD, dry bags, binoculars, coffee, tea and snacks. Transfer and a guide. Ticket to ornithological station is not included. We have two and three seat canoes, we will work out the best choice on the day.
Things to take: sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes. Expand…
Things to take: sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes.
What to wear while canoeing is important.
When the air and water are warm, simply dress for a day at the beach. Keeping in mind to wear things that protect you from the sun and keep you cool.
When the air is cool, you have to assess the conditions and your capabilities more carefully.
The key concept to bear in mind is layering. Several thin garments will keep you just as warm as a single thicker one, and are much more versatile. Remember you’ll need to think about staying cool as much as staying warm, and you can always add or subtract layers. The base-layer provides insulation and picks up perspiration and either absorbs it (like cotton or wool) or wicks it outward (like synthetic fibers). You want moisture to be wicked away. The insulating layer can be wool, fleece, or a similar material. Look for garments that are cut to allow complete freedom of movement. The outer layer protects you, the base-layer, and the insulating layer from the elements. Make sure it is both windproof and waterproof.
Footwear can range from old sneakers to hiking boots, to rubber boots.
Where we'll meet
(hotel pick up - on request)
Group size and requirements
There are 10 spots available on this tour. You don't have to fill all of them. Guided tours are meant to be social, so other travellers could join to. Guests ages 6 and up can attend. For younger guests, please refer to our "Private tours" section. Swimming skills are required. Please refrain from bringing your own alcohol drinks.
Booking confirmation After submitting booking form, we will send an e-mail with your booking confirmation. We do NOT charge your credit card or Paypal account during booking process. All payment should be made cash prior to departure. Weather We make every effort to continue, as scheduled with our tours. But sometimes, weather conditions create an unsafe scenario, as a result, a change or cancellation may be the result. Tour confirmation Our guides will contact our guests via email 2-3 days prior to the start of your trip. This is the perfect opportunity to let the guide know of any questions or concerns you may have. Flexible cancelation If you wish to cancel your reservation, please, let us know at least within 24 hours before the start.
This tour is guided by: Janis Zhekanis - state certified guide, passionate canoe builder and founder of Wet Weim. Contact guide.
Boris Belchev - ornithologist, professional wildlife photographer and state certified wildlife guide. Contact guide.