Almost a century after the light was turned on at Fisgard in 1860 the site was named a National historic site.
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
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.
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.
Many trails lead to Alamere; these three hikes are the most common ones to get to the falls:
Several trails are leading to the Alamere Falls. We'd chosen the shortest one. Continue reading to get all necessary information for an awesome hike and waterfall experience. During summer from July to September, the Park is often covered in fog while the inland has sunshine and warm temps.
It is quite a popular park due to the close location to San Francisco. The Alamare Falls are much loved, and the Palomarin car park already fills up early morning at weekends. If possible hike to the falls mid-week. If you can’t get a parking space, you have to queue or leave. Shoulder parking is not permitted.
Best Time to Start the Hike
Mid-week start your hike to the Alamare Falls around two to three hours before low tide depending on the trail you choose. At weekends and in the summer months start early to get a parking lot. Tide times for the hike to the Alamere Falls or check at the Bear Valley Information Center
Tip for Photographers
Best light for a good shot of the falls is after midday.
If you do the hike on a hot summer day bring your bath cloth for swimming in the Pelican Lake, the last on the right on your way back.
Points of Interest Inside the Park
If hiking to the falls try to combine your visit with one of the other attractions depending on the day and month of your visit;
Point Reyes Lighthouse built in 1870
300 steps leading down to the picturesque lighthouse with a spectacular view if it is not foggy. Unfortunately, only open from Friday to Monday.
The overlook is close to the lighthouse to spot elephant seals while breeding during December to March. Many visitors want to observe the spectacle which causes much traffic and shuttle buses are offered.
Tule Elk Reserve on Tomales Point
These specific elks were reintroduced in 1978. It’s a more than 9 miles / 15 km hike on the peninsula to Tomales Bluff and back. A shorter option is the 2 miles / 3.2 km hike to Windy Gap and back where you may spot elks at a spring. The Tule Elk Rut Season from around August to late October/beginning of November is a spectacular time.
- Migrating gray whales can be spotted around the lighthouse and Chimney Rock between January to April. Humpback whales migrate past Point Reyes from November to March.
Weather / Climate
Point Reyes has a coastal climate with dry summer and cool winter. Only very view rain occurs from mid-April to October. Most of the precipitation happens from December to March. It’s often windy at Point Reyes, and very strong winds are common in November and December. Fog occurs in summer mostly from July to September. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon.
Where to Stay (bookmark the links)
We recommend spending minimum two days in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The park has so much to offer; outstanding nature, wildlife, several hiking trails, and coastline. We'd been here already twice and still haven't seen all of its beauty. Situated inside the park is the HI Point Reyes Hostel. Next to the park in Olema is the quiet and lovely The Lodge of Point Reyes with an excellent restaurant. Probably the best accommodation in this area.
It’s a marvelous spot for a day trip just a 2 ½ hours drive from Launceston and 1 hour from St. Helens. The Eddystone Point and Lighthouse is situated in the Mount William National Park.
Try to come here on a sunny day, not completely overcast to enjoy the picturesque fiery granite rocks at the clear blue sea. Best sunlight for these mesmerizing rocks is around midday. More rocks are accessible at low tide: Tide times Bay of Fires
From November to March pleasant temperatures mostly above 20°C. In the winter, most days with single-digit temps. Most precipitation roughly every second day occurs during the winter, although the highest amount of rain happens in November. The driest months are January to March. Even in the summer, the wind can be chilly. Anyhow, that's Tassie be always prepared for rain.
Due to the remote location and the gravel road, it’s not very busy. It only gets a bit busy during the Australian school holidays around the boat ramp.
The Eddystone Lighthouse was established in 1889 and is in total 42 meters high. The Aboriginal people are the owners of this land. Their indigenous name is Larapuna.
Most visitors come here in a rush. We spend half a day at Eddystone Point, and we also had a look at the Policemen Point. You can find an hour drive to the south in Saint Helens a variety of affordable and lovely accommodations. Stay here for a couple of days. Make a day trip to the Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the biggest tree of Australia; the Blue Tier Giant.
A short trail leads through the Evercreech Rainforest to the world's tallest white gums. Another beautiful walk leads the Halls Falls close to Pyengana. Excellent for a coffee or even lunch break is the Pyengana Cheese Factory. We combined the Bay of Fires with the Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the Evercreech Rainforest. We loved our three nights stay at the Pelican Point Sanctuary in a self-contained cottage.
The Neist Point Lighthouse is a very popular place. It lies on the most westerly point on the Isle of Skye. It is accessible easily via paved road from Dunvegan.
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.
Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula on the south coast of Iceland. The whole place is stunning with massive cliffs, volcanic arch, lighthouse and views of the coastline.
Thanks to the good road, this place can be visited all year round. It is very popular and thus can become crowded with tourists. The summer months of July and August is always the busiest time of the year, as tour buses arrive during the day. The best time of day to visit the place and to avoid the crowds is early morning or in the evening. Being there at 9:00 AM, even in peak season, gives you enough time to enjoy the place without many other visitors. During off and shoulder season it's less busy. However, it's still a good idea to visit early and enjoy the place in solitude.
Highlights (Puffin Watching)
Puffins can be spotted from April until the end of August. Sometimes until early or even mid-September. To be on the safe side for Puffin viewing, visit between May and August. Usually, the best weather is a calm day. When it's very windy you'll have a hard time finding them.
The lighthouse is located on the north shore of Kauai at Kilauea Point.
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.
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.
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.
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.