Sail along to the Marker Wadden, the new nature islands in the Markermeer. The crossing is an experience in itself. Once on Marker Wadden, the adventure continues. Enjoy the vastness of the islands, take a lovely walk, observe the birds and see how the new nature is emerging here.
From May 1, 2021, the ferry service will be operational again. The boat leaves from the Bataviahaven in Lelystad to Marker Wadden. Grab this opportunity and discover this newest part of the Netherlands for yourself. Tickets can now be booked via the website of Natuurmonumenten.
The ferry service is not yet sailing at full capacity. There is room for a limited number of people on board. In this way it remains possible to maintain sufficient distance and the shipping companies that provide the ferry service offer every visitor a safe crossing. For the time being, the boats sail on Friday to Monday, there are more departures during the May holidays. The Natuurmonumenten website states on which days and times the ferry service sails and the tickets can be booked directly. Elsa Pater, forester on Marker Wadden: “I am really happy that the boat is going to sail again. We got so many questions about the ferry service. Now people without their own boat can also visit Marker Wadden again ".
Nature is developing at lightning speed on the recently constructed nature islands in the Markermeer. Marker Wadden is a paradise for fish and birds, but it is also wonderful for people. There are beautiful walks along three special bird watching huts and an impressive lookout tower. There is also an extensive beach next to the island pavilion with a spacious terrace, in good weather the water invites to paddle paths or a refreshing dip. Spring is special, the sound of the bird colonies and the scent of the blooming marsh endive contribute to the unique experience on Marker Wadden. Visitors are only welcome on the harbor island, nature is left alone on the other four islands.
New nature islands
Boskalis will start this month with the construction of two new nature islands, bringing the total to seven. It is a great impulse for the restoration of water quality and nature in Nieuw Land National Park. Research has since shown that Marker Wadden is of great value for nature restoration in the Markermeer.
You buy a return ticket a half-day. The boat trip takes between 45 and 60 minutes.
Day part morning:
Departure 10:00 am Lelystad> Return from Marker Wadden 2:30 pm, no later than 3:30 pm in Lelystad
Half day afternoon:
Departure 1:00 pm Lelystad> Return from Marker Wadden 5:30 pm, no later than 6:30 pm in Lelystad
The boats that Natuurmonumenten uses for the crossing are:
In May the Abel Tasman sails, except on 1, 7, 8 and 10 May, when the Zuiderzee sails.
Ferry rates (including area fee):
- Return ferry € 22.50-
- Members of Natuurmonumenten € 17.50
- Children 4 to 12 years € 10, -
- OERRR children € 7.50
- Pay attention: Children up to and including 3 years old can join for free
Ferry departure point:
Bataviahaven 1, 8242 PR Lelystad
The harbor is easily accessible by public transport, buses run from Lelystad station.
When you are on the quay, walk along the quay with the bend to the left along the wall with arches (you will see KNRM on your right). The ferry service flies a green Natuurmonumenten flag.
Parking is available at the parking lots of Batavia Stad within walking distance (about 10 minutes) from Bataviahaven. The parking lot next to the Only for Men shop on Museumweg (7 minutes walk) and the VOC garage next to Bataviahaven. There is limited space in the VOC garage.
It concerns paid parking. Click here for a map with the parking options and associated rates.
Opening hours Island Pavilion:
Daily from 11am - 5pm. From 11:00 to 12:00 only to go. The terrace is also open between 12:00 and 17:00, but by reservation. (That is allowed on the spot.)
On Marker Wadden we offer small-scale catering such as hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, biscuits and nuts. We also serve toasted sandwiches and apple pie. When the ferry service is not operating in bad weather, the Island Pavilion is not open.
- Marker Wadden is a walking island, bicycles and other means of transport are not allowed;
- Part of the walking route is suitable for people with a disability (wheelchair);
- Various drinks are served on board the ferry service and there is sometimes a small menu;
- Dogs are only allowed on a leash in the area directly around the harbor basin. Because it is an important bird area, dogs cannot go on the walk around the island. Obviously there is a duty to clean up;
- The boat cannot sail in very bad weather (storms). You will be notified at least 24 hours in advance and the money for the ticket (s) will be refunded;
- In case of bad weather forecast during the outward journey, the skipper may decide that he must return earlier for safety reasons. This will be announced on time;
- Clothing: Provide sufficient protective clothing and sturdy walking shoes. The weather can change quickly and the wind can blow hard on the island.