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Cruise to the Sea of Okhotsk

This tour is not available and is archived.
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
Highlights
  • 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
    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 Okhotskm 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Tyuleniy Island
    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.
  • 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    The north-west Sakhalin island
    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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Tyuleniy Island — Piltun bay
  • 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Discovery of the archipelago
    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.
  • 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time
    This day we are also 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Nature of the islands
    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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Observation of animals
    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.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Shantar archipelago — Fiodorovsky bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to Okhotsk
    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.
  • 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Aquaintance with the island
    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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Sea of Okhotsk
  • 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
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation along the islands shore
    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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Koni Peninsula — Yamskiye islands
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Arrival to Magadan
    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.
  • 11:00
    Debarkation
  • 11:30
    Transfer port - hotel/airport
    End of the rpogramme.
Photo of the day
Route
Yamskiye islands — Magadan
Detailed description
New departures available soon
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
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the Standard Triple Deck. Port charges - 500 $. Kayaking - 995 $. To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied: + 1 100 $ for the Standard Twin Deck. + 1 600 $ for the Superior Deck + 2 300 $ for the Superior Plus Deck + 2 700 $ for the Mini Suite Deck + 3 600 $ for the Grand Suite Deck

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