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Lighthouse

First of all, Lighthouses are an attraction. Most of them are not any longer in use. They can be visited from outside only, occasionally from inside. Some of the Lighthouses have a dramatic location, some a touching history and others are simply beautiful.

Although afternoon may give you the perfect light for Fisgard Lighthouse, you need to consider the opening hours. The Lighthouse is located on the same premise as Ford Rodd Hill, and the building is open all day from mid-March to mid-October. The surroundings can be visited each day during the opening hours.

October 15 - February 28
Open from 10 am to 4 pm
Lighthouse and Historic Buildings only Saturday and Sunday
Outside Area open 7 days a week

March 1 - May 14
Open from 10 am to 5 pm
Lighthouse and Historic Buildings from Wednesday to Sunday
Outside Area open 7 days a week

May 15 - October 14
Open from 10 am to 5 pm
Lighthouse and Historic Buildings open 7 days a week
Outside Area open 7 days a week

The sites are closed on Christmas (December 25, 26) and New Year Eve (January 1).

Make sure to return on time to the parking lot as they close 30 minutes after the site

Top Tip:
If you arrive too late, you may drive to Esquimalt Lagoon. From there you will have a good view towards Fisgard, but you may need a telephoto lens for a good shot.

Wheather/Climate
Victoria has mild winters and receives the lowest annual rainfall on the west coast. Although Winters are mild, you can expect a certain amount of rain and fog. Summer temperature could reach up to 30°C, and it's the driest season. Because of the sub-Mediterranean climate, Victoria is sometimes named "The Garden City". You could find even rare plants in Canada like palms and eucalyptus. In general, the city enjoys plenty of sunshine all year around.

CA Canada

You may pass the Race Rocks Ecologic Reserve during a whale watching tour. If the sea is calm and it's sunny, you will be able to spot marine mammals.

If you are kayaking and experienced in open sea kayaking, you can plan a tour from Pedder Bay Marina. To cross the one nautical mile passage over to Race Rocks should only be attempted by experienced paddlers. You need to have the necessary skills to handle the potentially hazardous currents and waves that can be experienced in this area. Therefore checking the weather forecast and the currents for Race Passage is essential.

Make sure you know the guidelines published for accessing or approaching the Ecologic reserve as at Race Rocks the aim is to restrict any activity which causes birds and mammals disturbance. It's recommended to not approach closer than 100 meters to any marine mammal, including those on the rocks.


Weather/Climate
Although fog can appear at any time at Race Rocks, it is more likely in August and September. During these months you will be faced with strong winds >25 mph. Precipitation Is on average per year between 300 and 500 mm and only the summer months are relatively dry.

CA Canada

Consider the tide as walking on the beach is much easier at low tide. At high tide, you must use the path with many larger rocks at the upper part of the shoreline. You can visit the lighthouse all day long but In the afternoon the light is best to take pictures.

CA Canada

You can visit year round, sunset is stunning but lighthouse is open to the public on Wednesdays only from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

PT Portugal

Neist Point is a very very popular place. During the tourist season it is crowded almost all the time. If you do not want to go in spring/autumn or winter but you want to avoid crowds you have to get up early in the morning. The sunsets are beautiful here so expect a lot of photographers in the evenings. There is a chance to see whales during the summer months.

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The National Wildlife Refuge which is the area around the Lighthouse is open from Tuesday until Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays and major official holidays. If you miss the opening hours, you can get a good but more distant view of the lighthouse from the parking in front of the Wildlife Refuge gate.

Avoiding Crowds

To avoid the crowds come late afternoon around 3 pm. This allows enough time to walk around, observe the seabirds flying around and get a closer look at the lighthouse. Pretty busy before midday and especially on Tuesdays. Cars are queuing and the gate will be closed if the two parking areas are full. 

Kilauea Lighthouse crowded before midday

Guided Tours

If you like to get a view inside the lighthouse, tours are offered only on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm every 30 minutes. If you like to take part come at 10 am and inscribe for the first tour. Places are limited. The guided tour is for free.

Wildlife

The humpbacks migrate to Hawaii and arrive in December, heading back late April. Best months to spot them are February and March just in front of the lighthouse.

The Laysan Albatross colony can be observed from November to July. You can use the provided monocular to see them closer. The nest in an area west to the lighthouse. The nesting birds and chicks can be seen only from the lighthouse area. 

Where to stay in the north of Kauai

Princeville is a perfect location where the popular Queen's Bath is located. The St. Regis Princeville is one of the best-rated hotels with private beach access.

 

US United States