july 19-28, 2018
Snorkeling with orcas and brown bear photography
Orcas and Stellers sea lions

Kamchatka, the eastermost region of Russia, is well know for being home to a great variety of marine mammals. However, the most famous animals here are the orcas. Orcas are traditionally considered not only one of the most beautiful and intelligent inhabitants of the seas, but also one of the most ferocious ones. Yet, few can resist the charisma of these remarkable animals seeing them face to face in the ocean. The main focus of our expedition is snorkeling with orcas. We will also take our time to go diving (or snorkeling, if you dont dive) with Steller's sea lions, the largest seals of the Russian far east.

Our accommodation for the trip is an ocean sailing catamaran equipped with engines so that it would be possible to follow the route even in calm weather. With favorable winds the ship goes sailing, though. There is additional equipment on board such as two motor boats, a compressor, 6 weight tanks, SUP sets. When not busy exploring the area you'll spend time in one of the three double or two triple cabins. There are two restrooms with showers on board and the third shower is located on the stern of the vessel, where you can rinse off salty ocean water after swimming or diving. Having returned after a busy adventure route, you will find yourself in the warm and cozy houseboat with a hot shower and a delicious dinner. The crew will gladly show you how to handle basic sailing gear till you get the hang of it and when the sea is calm you'll get a chance to try kayaking ocean-style.

Animals we can meet at the ocean.
With Kamchatka being a real paradise for naturalists, feel free to consider the Pacific Ocean, mountain rivers, caldera and crater lakes your personal laboratory if you're a nature lovers, of course. The flora and fauna of the Peninsula are indeed unique natural phenomena. We'll meet lots of marine animals such as orcas, humpback whales, gray whale, fin whales, sei whales, minke whales, sperm whales, porpoises, sea lions, spotted seals, sea otters and fur seals, as well as a large amount of birds such as pacific gulls, pelagic cormorants, red-faced cormorants, kittiwakes, pigeon guillemots, thick-billed murres, common murres, old man, hatchets and horned puffins. On land we'll also see eagles, bears, fox, squirrels, marmots and even mountain sheep.

Brown bears of Kuril Lake
If swimming with the ocen's top predators is not enough, we have prepared something very special for adrenaline addicts and wildlife lovers. We will bring you by helicopter to the world famous Kuril Lake where every summer the great action takes place. When salmonids arrive to the lake, a lot of brown bears gather here for this feast. We will be able to see brown bears in their natural habitat up close to our base camp.

      Our boats
      We use the best boats in Kamchatka to provide maximum comfort and safety.
      Each boat carries zodiacs for approaching marine mammals and landings.
      "Kosatka" catamaran

      Capable for sailing in oceanic conditions. 15 meters long, 7,8 meters wide, 2 diesel engines 42 h.p. each. Has 4 double rooms and 2 triple rooms, 2 independent bathrooms with showers + 1 separate shower, a large and a kitchen. Can carry up to 12 passengers, 4 crew members, as well as kayaks, tanks and weightbelts for diving. Experienced crew.
      Itinerary 19-28 July 2018
      Day 1 (19 July)
      Arriving to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, check in to the hotel. Free time, briefing.

      Day 2
      Transfer to the harbour, boarding on the ship, getting acquainted with the crew, instructions, setting off. Visiting Starichkov Island, diving. Overnight stay in the Russkaya Bay.

      Day 3-6
      Searching for orcas. Swimming with orcas. Diving with sea lions. Visiting the FEROP (Far East Russia Orca Project) station. Listening to the lecture about orcas by biologists. Kayaking, Paddle board.

      Day 7
      Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky searching for orcas and whales on the way. Check-in to the hotel.

      Day 8
      Helicopter flight to Kuril Lake to bears. Boat trip on the lake, searching bears.
      Flight back.

      Days 9
      Reserve day for Kuril lake trip in case of bad weather day before.

      Day 10 (28 July)
      Flight back or continue trip by individual program.

      Price: 235 000 rubles

      What's included:
      • meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners with lots of fresh seafood);
      • transfers according to the itinerary;
      • accommodation at a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, accommodation on board a yacht during the tour, accomodation at the Kuril Lake
      • expedition yacht rental fees (according to the itinerary);
      • fuel cost according to the itinerary;
      • ship and crew services;
      • gear and equipment rental fees;
      • Armed guides for the Kuril Lake
      • cleaning services;
      • kayaking and free-diving lessons;
      • medical transportation insurance;
      • first-aid kit, medicine;
      • some of additional basic expenses.
      • border areas and reserves entrance permits

      Not included:
      • airfares;
      • emergency evacuation with no insurance coverage;
      • additional expenses caused by bad weather conditions, changes in schedules of flights, breakage of personal gear and equipment through the fault of the public visitors, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances.

      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.

      To-pack list
      • comfortable waterproof shoes 2 sets (trekking boots, sneakers);
      • thermal underwear;
      • flashlight;
      • insect repellent;
      • waterproof pants, jacket;
      • raincoat;
      • hat, woolen socks, gloves, jacket;
      • wetsuit, mask, snorkel, flippers, gloves, socks (also available for rent in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).

      How to get here
      Flights from Moscow or Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk airport (Elizovo, PKC)

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