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 prepaired something very special for adrenaline addicts and wildlife lovers. We will bring you 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, spend 3 days observing them feeding, playing, fighting, nursing cubs and much more. For undewater photographers and those who want to get even closer we have a cage which will allow you to observe bears from underwater.
What will we do?
- explore the Pacific Ocean cruising along the coast of Kamchatka;bathe in hot thermal springs;
- meet FEROP team studying orcas in Kamchatka, listen to their fascinating stories and visit their camp at the Green Cape;
- swim with wild marine animals like killer whales and stellers sea lions in their natural habitat;
- spend three full days at the iconic Kuril lake surrounded by brown