Boat trip on the Shala River

A boat trip on the Shala River in Albania is a unique and enchanting experience, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the country’s most picturesque and less frequented natural gems.

Here are some key highlights and tips for planning your trip to Shala River :

shala river tour near komani lake

Stunning Scenery

The Shala River, often referred to as the “hidden paradise of Albania,” winds through the Accursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Nemuna), presenting travelers with breathtaking views of rugged cliffs, dense forests, and crystal-clear waters.

Remote Location

The river’s seclusion provides a peaceful retreat from more crowded tourist destinations. The area is relatively untouched, giving a sense of pristine nature.

Wildlife and Nature

The region is rich in biodiversity. You might encounter various bird species, fish, and other wildlife, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Local Culture

Along the river, you’ll have the chance to interact with local communities and experience traditional Albanian hospitality. Small villages like Nderlysaj and Theth offer cultural insights and local cuisine.

Activities in Shala River

Besides the boat trip itself, there are opportunities for hiking, swimming, and picnicking along the riverbanks. The river’s clean and cold waters are particularly refreshing during hot summer days.

Planning Your Trip to Shala River

  1. Getting There: The Shala River is accessible by boat from Lake Koman. You can reach Lake Koman from the city of Shkodër, which is well-connected by road from other parts of Albania. The journey from Shkodër to Koman involves a scenic drive through the mountains.
  2. Boat Tours: Several operators offer boat tours on the Shala River. These tours typically start from Koman or from other points along the lake. It’s advisable to book in advance, especially during peak tourist season.
  3. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Shala River is between May and October when the weather is warm and the river levels are suitable for boat trips. July and August are the busiest months, so for a more serene experience, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons.
  4. What to Bring: Pack essentials such as sunscreen, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, a camera, and plenty of water. Since the area is remote, it’s also a good idea to bring some snacks or a packed lunch.
  5. Accommodation: If you wish to extend your visit, there are a few guesthouses and traditional homes in nearby villages. Staying overnight allows you to explore the area more thoroughly and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

You can always choose My Albania Nature Explorers for an One Day Tour in Komani Lake and Shala River. 

We can arrange the trip even from Tirana and return you back to Tirana. Book it now and save the date.