Bay de Verde is about 132 km from Whitbourne (on the Trans-Canada Highway) on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. It is about a two-hour drive on paved highway from St. John's.
During breeding season, access to the sensitive nesting areas of the island is only permitted for scientific researchers, those with access permits, and management staff. The Island can be viewed from shore across the tickle. A path leaves from the community of Bay de Verde and goes to Split Cove, which is approximately a 30-minute walk.
Aircraft are prohibited from landing in the reserve, or flying lower than 300 metres from April 1 to October 30. No tankers or vessels longer than 20 metres are permitted in the marine portion of the reserve.