BaikalNature Tours Cruise to the Sea of Okhotsk

Cruise to the Sea of Okhotsk (Tour # 658322)

From: 7649 $ / 7046 € / 435500 RUB
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Trip Length: 12 days Group: 50 Departure: Fixed Period: June Tour type: BaikalNature Limited Edition tour Destinations: Sakhalin, Kamchatka Transport: Boat, 4х4, Private car / bus Accommodation: Boat Activities: Cruise / Navigation, Cultural exploration, Animal observation, Kayaking Visited areas: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Highlights of the Tour:

Immersion in the pristine natural beauty
Animal observatioon
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.

Tour Programme:

Day 1

This morning we take the transfer to the Port of Korsakov (40 minutes south from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) where we will board the “Spirit of Enderby”. 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.
Lunch and dinner on board.
Day 2

We visit little-known Tyuleniy Island of the south east coast of Sakhalin Island. This small island is a strong hold for Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Fur seal numbers have increased since the International Covention of 1911 banned seal hunting here. In the 1990s Steller Sea Lions started breeding on the island and grew to the number of 2,500 animals. Depending on sea conditions we plan to land here to photograph the seals and sea lions.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 3

It was the discovery of oil and gas in this region which put Sakhalin Island on many people’s maps. Piltun Bay is an important habitat for a small population of western Gray Whales. Researchers monitor the population during summer months. In search of Gray Whales that live there and feed we travel by “Zodiac” ship inshore to the shallow waters.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 4

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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 5

Lying in the western sector of Okhotsk Sea close to the continent, the islands in this archipelago become ice free later than the rest of the islands each year. This late ice can sometimes set a limit to how far we can move forward, on the other hand ice increases our chances to see some of the seals including Bearded, Ringed, Largha and Ribbon Seals that breed here. If we can land there we will have excursions on birding, botany and photography from the team of onboard naturalists.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 6

This day we are also in the Shantar Archipelago.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 7

The islands with birds being everywhere: in the air, on water and on the land. Numerous species breed here including large numbers of Spectacled Guillemot. Other species include Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin, Crested Auklet and both Common and Brunnichs Guillemot. There is also a good population of Steller’s Sea Eagles on the island and on the adjacent mainland. Landing on the island is restricted to a small gravel spit; however on the mainland we can stretch our legs and explore the taiga forest.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 8

This town is featured in Russian Far East history since the earliest Cossack explorers came from the west. Vitus Bering travelled overland from St Petersburg to Okhotsk in 1725 and 1733 then also made his way to Kamchtka and beyond. Today Okhotsk is the centre of fishing in the region. The port exports significant quantities of salmon and other fish. We visit the town after landing up the river near the town centre. The local people are generous and welcoming and will provide an entertaining programme and a cultural display.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 9

An internationally known but very difficult to approach, Talan is infamous largely because of the hundreds of thousands of Crested Auklets that nest there. Those birds devour about 200 tons of fish and marine invertebrates daily. The island is also occupied by an extraordinary number of kittiwakes nesting along the cliffs and a large population of Steller’s Sea Eagles. We plan to circumnavigate the island by ship before landing and then return in the late evening to witness the huge flocks of Crested Auklets amassing at sea before coming ashore.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 10

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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 11

These islands are claimed by some biologists to comprise the largest bird colony in the North Pacific. As estimated by bird counters there are 7 million birds nesting on Matykil Island – the largest in the group of local islands. Bird species include Common and Brunnichs Guillemot, Crested, Parakeet and Least Auklets, Tufted and Horned Puffins and Northern Fulmars. The most abundant of these is the Least Auklet. We cruise around the coast as no landings are permitted.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 12

The name Magadan is synonymous with Stalin’s oppressive Gulags or prisons but there is very little evidence now of its tragic past. 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. Today Magadan’s population is about 100,000 people. Fishing is important and gold mining is experiencing a revival. The infamous Kolyma Highway or the “Road of Bones” connects Magadan with Irkutsk and ultimately greater Russia. Our journey ends in Magadan. We plan to arrive there by midday. You will be transferred to a central hotel or the airport.
Breakfast on board.

This tour is offered with the fixed departure dates. To book the tour please contact us.

Departure: Base price per pers.: Status:
1. From 12.06.2017 to 23.06.2017 435,500 RUB  /  7,649 $ /  7,046 On sale

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Accommodation as per itinerary
Transport as per itinerary
Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
Medical insurance
Personal expenses and tips
Visa fees and travel insurance
Kayak and equipment rental
Airline tickets

Price Comment

The price is given for the Standard Triple Deck.
The price is 6 700 US dollars (the price is given on 24/06/2016 at the rate of 1 $ = 65 rubles)
Port charges - 32500 RUB (500 $)
Kayaking - 64 500 RUB per person (995 $)

To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied:
+ 71500 RUB (1 100 $) for the Standard Twin Deck.
+ 104000 RUB (1 600 $) for the Superior Deck
+ 149500 RUB (2 300 $) for the Superior Plus Deck
+ 175500 RUB (2 700 $) for the Mini Suite Deck
+ 234000 RUB (3 600 $) for the Grand Suite Deck

Booking Options

Booking is made by paying a 30% deposit of the total cost.
The balance of 70% is to be paid 90 days before departure.
If late booking (made less than 90 days prior to departure), full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Options

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List of landmarks that are to be visited (click on the links below):

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Sakhalin Botanic Garden
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Monument to Chekhov
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Monument to Saint Andrew
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Glory Square

NB : The above description of the landmarks (sights) is for you information only and subject to the available texts. Although we do our best to make this description as specific as possible, just like we try to show a maximum of things during our tours, the real visits may slightly differ. All the landmarks might not be visited, some might just be approached and just as well some sites may be visited that are not described here.

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