Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve is open to the visitors upon the season and corresponding day-light time as follows:
- in January, February, November and December: from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.; quiet visitation hours: 8-9 a.m., recreation hours: 2-4 p.m.
- in March and October: from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m.; quiet visitation hours: 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m., recreation hours: 2-4 p.m.
- in April, May and September: from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.; quiet visitation hours: 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m., recreation hours: 2-4 p.m.
- in June, July and August: from 6 a.m. till 9 p.m.; quiet visitation hours: 6-8 a.m. and 7-9 p.m., recreation hours: 2-4 p.m.
Opening hours of the visitor centre:
- in January, February, November and December: from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.;
- in March, April, September and October: from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m.;
- in May and June: from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.;
- in July and August: from 9 a.m. -1 p.m..
Visitor centre is closed on Mondays. Closed from 15th of July to 22nd of August 2017.
The opening hours can be prolonged or reduced by the reserve manager. Under certain conditions, the reserve can be temporarily closed for all or only designated types of visitation, which can be limited to the whole reserve area or only its part. The manager can also limit the duration of individual visit to the site.
The prolongation of opening hours of nature reserve, visitor centre and central observatory is possible in case of visitation programs and events, which have a longer duration as the official opening time, and can also be carried out at night and meet the conditions of the reserve Management Plan.
Reducing of opening time and temporary visitation ban are possible in the following cases:
- to reduce negative impacts on wildlife in the periods, when more peace is needed, particularly during reproduction;
- during the construction or maintenance of reserve infrastructure as well as during the implementation of other management activities at the trails and near or within visitor facilities;
- to reduce negative impacts of certain types of visitation on the promoted quiet visitation, aimed at learning about and experiencing nature, particularly the time of recreation is limited to the recreation hours;
- during extremely bad weather conditions, natural disasters, animal kills and cases of force majeure, which could result in danger for the life, health or property of the visitors or produce any other harm, negatively impact the life conditions of the wildlife or development of protected area, upon the reasonable judgement of the reserve manager.
Reducing of the opening hours of the visitor centre and central observatory is also possible upon:
- reduced demand for guided tours and other visitation,
- financial reasons and available staff of the manager.