August 1-15 / 15-29, 2018
Snorkeling with orcas and whales at the Kuril archipelago
Being part of the the Pacific volcanic ring, the narrow chin of Kuril islands connects Kamchatka and Japan like a bridge. The Islands are the tops of the highest formations of the volcanic ridge with 1000-2000 meters above the water and many more of them hidden in the depth of the ocean. They used to be part of a Japanese military fortress system and still hide secrets of the past. There are more than 150 volcanoes on the islands, 39 of which are legitimately active. This activity has to do with dozens of thermal springs that are common for this area and used for therapeutic purposes. The highest volcano, Alaid (2339 m), is located on the Atlasov's island. Kamchatka and the Kuril islands are the first to see the dawn in Russia.

If you're one of those travelers who think the harder it is to get to a place the better, you're bound to love the Kurils. Nothing here will remind you of conventional beach-lover oriented tours and you'll be able to enjoy the pristine nature of these fire-breathing islands breathing in crispy fresh air and observing what few people have observed. We bet the isolated location and the lack of information about the place have already ignited your interest.

The flora of the Islands is remarkable as well. Biologists compare the Kuril Islands with a huge botanical garden, where you can find plants from different groups including Japanese-Korean, Manchurian and Okhotsk-Kamchatka. Polar birches here grow alongside millennial yew, spruces and larches share the same patch of ground with polar grape, creeping cedars can be found neighboring with velvet trees and tropical creepers meet the far-east cranberries. Traveling around the islands you will visit various climate zones walking out of taiga right into subtropical thickets or from moss-covered tundra into the deep grass jungle.

Through the expedition, snorkeling with marine mammals will be our main target. We intend to meet orcas, humpbacks, gray whales, right whales, fin whales, sperm whales, northern sea lions, northern fur seals, largha seals and sea otters. Islands are inhabited by polar fox, brown bears, wolverines and other mammals, high cliffs with birds colonies are often to see. We will use every single chance to get as close as possible to the animals.

Наши суда

Яхта "Оберон" - надёжная мореходная яхта японской постройки. Длина 14,8 метров.
"Оберон" - океанический круизер, большой, просторный и надежный. Яхта имеет два кокпита, что позволяет гостям находится на палубе не мешая команде управлять яхтой.
Яхта имеет два салона – салон для команды со всеми удобствами и пассажирский салон, с просторной кают-компанией, гальюном (туалетом), камбузом (кухней). Тут же расположены 6 односпальных коек и еще 1 пассажирская отдельная двуспальная каюта.
Яхта "Джамбо" - крейсерская океанского класса Японской постройки. Длина 13,5 м. «Джамбо» прекрасно подходит для организации всех видов морских маршрутов от непродолжительных парусных выходов до серьезных трансокеанских экспедиций. Стационарный дизельный двигатель Yanmar 4JH-THE 60 л.с. Дублированный набор парусов – стаксель и грот на закрутке, самостопорящиеся лебёдки, GPS, радар, автопилот, ветроуказатель, лаг, эхолот. Дизельный морской генератор на 5 kw, два отопителя, два холодильника, система горячего водоснабжения, два душа, два туалета, просторная кают-компания с аудио и видео системами. Две комфортных двуспальных каюты два односпальных места с высокими потолками, снабженные шкафами и полками, оборудованы гальюнами (туалетами с биде) с душами. Камбуз выполнен очень удобно и функционально.
First route: 1-15 August, departure from Petropavlovsk, arrival to Yuzhno-Kurilsk

Second route: 15-29 August, departure from Yuzhno-Kurilsk, arrival to Petropavlovsk

First route schedule:

Day 1
Arrival at Yelizovo airport. Transfer to the hotel with a stop at a fish market, a supermarket and a short tour around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Free time.

Day 2
Sea sailing, transfer to the Tihaya bay. Looking for marine mammlas. Visiting the gate of Avacha Bay with spectacular views of volcanoes and the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Day 3-13
Sailing along the Great Kuril Ridge. Looking for marine mammals, snorkeling with whales and seals. Landing on the islands, visiting grottos and caves, sightseeing.

Day 14
Arrival to Yuzhno-Kurilsk.

Day 15
Flights back home.

The second route schedule is mirrored.

Yacht "Oberon". August 1-15 / August 15-29, 2018. 225 000 roubles

Yacht "Djambo". August 1-15 / August 15-29, 2018. 330 000 roubles

In order to book a trip it is necessary to make a prepayment (100 000 rubles) and to buy tickets to Petropavlovsk or Yuzhno-Kurilsk.

What's included?
  • expedition yacht rental fees (according to the itinerary);
  • double/triple occupancy accommodation at the yacht;
  • fuel cost according to the itinerary;
  • ship and crew services;
  • meals at the yacht (full board with lots of fresh sea food);
  • gear and equipment rental fees;
  • kayaking equipment rental fees (kayaks, paddles, life jackets, skirts, helmets);
  • guiding services;
  • transfers according to the itinerary;
  • border area and reserve entrance permits;
  • medical transportation insurance;
  • visiting Russian sauna at the stays mentioned in the itinerary;
  • first-aid kit, medicine;
  • amortization expenses;
  • some of additional basic expenses.

Additional expenses
  • flights;
  • visa (if required);
  • meals outside the yacht;
  • emergency evacuation with no insurance coverage;
  • accommodation for early arrival or late departure;
  • additional expenses caused by bad weather conditions, flight schedule changes, gear and equipment loss or damages, participants' unwell state and other unpredicted expenses.

To-pack list
  • clothes for any kind of weather since it changes a lot;
  • waterproof jacket, pants;
  • gloves, hat;
  • trekking boots;
  • insect repellent;
  • swimming suits.

Additional program options
  • The Volcanos of Kamchatka: Tolbachik, Kluchevskaya Sopka (August, 10th-19th).
  • Avachinskiy volcano climbing (1 day).
  • Visiting the Valley of Gazers and the Uzon volcano (helicopter tour);
  • Visiting the Kurile Lake, bear watching (helicopter tour).

Please note that:
  • the itinerary is designed for favorable weather conditions and might require adjustment due to changes of the latter.
  • the cost of the program does not cover additional expenses as well as the tickets, but we can help you find the best offer available if needed.
  • in the case of you changing your mind or not being able to join us the prepayment will not be refunded as our calculations are based on the amount of people signed up and the money is spent mostly on the transportation and accommodation services.
Once you have made up your mind or in case further information is required contact us and we'll gladly answer all of your questions and make a booking for you
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