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Cruise to the Sea of Okhotsk

Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
12 Days
June
Highlights
  • Immersion in the pristine natural beauty
  • Animal observation
  • Visit of unhabited islands
  • Possibility to see brown bears
  • Possibility of kayaking
Tour Overview

This cruise is for ones who want to get to know the soul of the Far East.Our expedition will reveal many secrets of unexplored terrain. During the cruise, we will visit several uninhabited islands, enjoy the pristine nature. We will see beautiful and rare ribbon seals, sea lions, northern fur seals. We will have a chance to see several species of whales, including rare gray whales and bowhead whales. We will observe thousands of seabirds such as tufted puffin and steller's sea eagle. It is also possible to fortunately see the great Kamchatka brown bear.

The cruise is held on board of the ship "Akademik Shokalskiy "

Technical description: year built - 1983, length - 65,9 m, width - 12,8 m, maximum speed - 10 knots, accommodation - 46-48 berths expedition.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Departure from the Sakhalin island
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 2
    Tyuleniy Island
    Sea of Okhotsk — Tyuleniy Island
  • Day 3
    Gray whales and Piltun bay
    Tyuleniy Island — Piltun bay
  • Day 4
    Island of seabirds
    Okhotsk Sea — Iony island
  • Day 5
    Shantar archipelago
    Iony island — Shantar archipelago
  • Day 6
    Free day near the archipelago
    Shantar archipelago
  • Day 7
    Malminskie islands and Fiodorovsky bay
    Shantar archipelago — Fiodorovsky bay
  • Day 8
    Aquaintance with Okhotsk
    Fiodorovsky bay — Okhotsk
  • Day 9
    Talan island
    Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 10
    Natural reserve Magadanskiy
    Koni Peninsula
  • Day 11
    Around Yamskiye islands
    Koni Peninsula — Yamskiye islands
  • Day 12
    Aquaintance with Magadan
    Yamskiye islands — Magadan
  • 11:00
    Transfert hotel - Port of Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
  • 12:00
    Embarkation
    Once on board you will be shown the cabins and given the time to unpack and explore the vessel. After we start sailing towards the Sea of Okhotsk there will be briefings and introductions to the ship from its crew and staff.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 14:00
    Start of the navigation
    After we start sailing towards the Sea of Okhotsk, if we get a chance we'll see tufted puffin, ancient murrelet, pelagic cormorant, black-tailed gull and Swinhoe's storm petrel.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Sea of Okhotsk
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Tyuleniy Island
    The smallest island is only about 600 meters long off the coast of Sakhalin, which has become a refuge for thousands of northern fur seals and sea lions. The island is also the home of some seabirds inhabiting the cliffs along the coast. This is a wild reserve and an important place for scientific research.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Landing on th island
    Depending on sea conditions we plan to land here to photograph the seals and sea lions.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Sea of Okhotsk — Tyuleniy Island
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    The north-west Sakhalin island
    The northeastern part of Sakhalin Island, and in particular Piltun Bay is an important habitat for a small population of western Gray Whales. The largest number of whales gathers here, during the summer months - they swim here to feed in these full fish waters.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Tyuleniy Island — Piltun bay
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Iony Island
    Iony Island lies in the middle of Okhotsk Sea. Birds appear to take up all available space of the island. There are guillemots, kittiwakes and various species of auklets, with Parakeet, Whiskered and Least being the most prominent. We will cruise around the island as Steller Sea Lions that occupy the few rocky beaches make any landing impossible.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Okhotsk Sea — Iony island
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Discovery of the archipelago
    This huge archipelago consists of 15 islands, among which 4 are large, surrounded by several small ones. The islands are littered with deciduous and pine forests, representing a remarkable habitat for over 200 species of birds. The most exciting, without a doubt, is the Steller's Sea Eagle - the true king of the Far East.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Animal observation
    If we can land there we will have excursions on birding, botany and photography from the team of onboard naturalists.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Iony island — Shantar archipelago
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time
    We spend this day in the Shantar Archipelago.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Shantar archipelago
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Nature of the islands
    These small islands are part of the Dzhugdzhursky nature reserve, one of the wildest and most unexplored nature reserves in Russia. The nature reserve has a harsh Siberian climate and breathtaking landscapes.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Observation of animals
    Some seabirds inhabit the Malmina Islands. It's amazing to find the largest colony of spectacled warbler, as well as black-legged kittiwake, parakeet auklet, tufted puffin, and many other species. The taiga fauna is richly represented on the mainland. Brown bears, wolves, wolverines, foxes, some kinds of ferrets, musk deer are represented here.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Shantar archipelago — Fiodorovsky bay
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to Okhotsk
    The first inhabitants were the Russian Cossacks in 1647, forming one of the earliest cities in Far Eastern Russia - Okhotsk. After the famous explorer Vitus Bering visited this city on the way to Kamchatka, during his first expedition in this part of the world, he proposed to build a nautical school for young sailors. Since, Okhotsk has been an important port on the Far Eastern coast, where a large number of expeditions were started. Now it is not such a big city, it is only a shadow of what it was before. However, Okhotsk is still a natural place that Russia can confidently be proud of.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Return on board and departure
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Fiodorovsky bay — Okhotsk
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Aquaintance with the island
    The tiny island in the north of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, really beautiful place with birds, and very interesting for lovers of wild life. More than 140 species of birds can be found on the island, most of them migratory. However, 21 species of birds constantly live there, so the small island is one of the largest colonies of seabirds. Over 1.8 million birds enliven these rocks and obscure the sky when they fly high above the sea. Gulls, moevki, thick-billed murre, tuffed puffin, crested and small konyugs, ancient murrelet and many other species from paradise for birdwatchers. The island is also inhabited by foxes, and not as fearful as in other places, and this provides an excellent opportunity for photography.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Sea of Okhotsk
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Green stops
    This is a mountainous region to the south-east from the town of Magadan, partly belonging to the Magadanskiy Zapovednik. Among different animals this reserve protects Brown Bear and Snow Sheep. Though we have landed on a number of places along the coast many will be new and unknown to us, so we are never quite sure what we will find. That is part of what makes this style of travel so interesting.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Koni Peninsula
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation along the islands shore
    The enormous bays in the north of the Sea of Okhotsk are known for their high tides. There are 4 species of seals: sea hares, ringed seals, striped seals and larks. In addition, you can often see whales and sea lions. Your captain and expeditionary leader will select the best place for today's disembarkation, according to the weather conditions and ice conditions.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Koni Peninsula — Yamskiye islands
Accommodation
Accommodation on the boat Akademik Shokalskiy
Triple cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Arrival to Magadan
    During our stay in the Magadan region, we will have a chance to learn about its tragic past and about the development occuring now. The local museum has an excellent exposition about the Gulags but the most poignant reminder is the “Mask of Sorrow” – a large monument on a hill overlooking the town, as well as the largest cathedral in Far Eastern Russia, and one of the highest in the country.
  • 11:00
    Debarkation
  • 11:30
    Transfer port - hotel/airport
    End of the rpogramme.
Photo of the day
Route
Yamskiye islands — Magadan
Detailed description
Departures
June, 09 2020
Start
-
June, 20 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
7,100 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
  • Accident insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the Standard Triple Deck / for 1 person (one upper and 2 lower berths, simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin). Port charges - 500 $. Kayaking - 1 025$ (the price of 2018). To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied: + 1 200 $ for the Standard Twin Cabin with simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. + 1 700 $ for the Superior Cabin (bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 2 450 $ for the Superior Plus Cabin (two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 2 770 $ for the Mini Suite Cabin (a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin). The Mini Suites have windows. + 3 715 $ for the Capitan Luxe Deck (a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers). There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.

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Martin
From 19 October 2018 to 24 October 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
Custom tourAutumn Tour to Kamchatka
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Many Thanks to my " personal " very good and professional Tourguide Katerina Kuzmina.
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Laurence
From 7 August 2018 to 19 August 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Très beau voyages, des volcans, et des ours !!
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Jean-Pierre
From 22 August 2018 to 3 April 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Très bien ! J'ai fait un super tour avec une très bonne organisation. A recommander !
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Jean-Louis
From 14 August 2018 to 27 August 2018
Destination: Shantar islands
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Magnifique voyage au bout du monde dans les Îles Shantar, après la traversée de laTaiga, compagnie russe agréable, destination insolite, Îles sauvages et inhabitées, splendides couchers de soleil, de nombreux animaux sauvages dont les orques sont les vedettes incontestées, une belle satisfaction dans ma vie de naturaliste-voyageur...
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Cyril
From 14 July 2018 to 23 July 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Nous avons beaucoup aprécié ce tour, l'endroit de l'observation des ours est excellent, et c'était notre but premier. Notre guide Roman a vraiment été excellent, très attentionné, et a fait vraiment son possible pour nous rendre le tour agréable.
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