Come along for a swim with orcas and sea lions
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13 - 22 July / 18 - 27 August, 2019
10 Days
9 Nights
whales, sea lions, volcanoes, cruise, hot springs
Difficulty level:
from 3020 USD
What to expect from the trip?
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 fan of nature, 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 whales, 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.
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.

Join us for a five-day sea expedition in the Avacha Bay, where we will be able to observe and swim with marine mammals - sea lions and orcas.
Activities: trekking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, photographing, watching wild animals in their natural habitat.
Our accommodation for the trip is an ocean sailing catamaran and 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.
Isn't this what can count for a real adventure? It's time to become a true explorer and ‒ for some of the areas we'll pass – a pioneer!
Day 1 (13 July / 18 August)
Arrive at the airport in Elizovo, transfer to Paratunka, check in to the hotel. Free time, bathing in thermal pools, briefing.
Day 2 (14 July / 19 August)
Trip to Avachinskiy volcano. Watching arctic ground squirrels and groundhogs. Trek to the "Camel" mountain. Trek to the top of Avachinskiy volcano.
Day 3 (15 July / 20 August)
Transfer to the seaport, boarding on the ship, getting acquainted with the crew, instructions, setting off. Meals on board a ship. Looking for marine mammal sightings.
Days 4-6 (16 -18 July / 21 - 23 August)
Visiting the south-east bay of Kamchatka - Bechevskaya, Morjovaya, Jeleznaya and Russkaya – with most involving lectures on biology from our biologist. Meals on board a ship. Overnight stay in cabins. The sequence of the bays will be determined by the weather conditions and the information about whale sighting locations.
Day 7 (19 July / 24 August)
Transfer to Paratunka with estimated arrival time before 7pm, check in to a hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8 (20 July / 25 August)
Free day/reserve day in case of bad weather. If everything goes as planned you can either stay in the city or pick one of the additional options, the information on which you can check below. The additional tours are not included in the cost of the main tour.
Day 9 (21 July / 26 August)
One-day jeep tour to Mutnovsky volcano, trekking to the crater. Transfer to Paratunka.
Day 10 (22 July / 27 August)
Transfer to the airport, departure OR additional option tour.
COST: 3020 USD per person
Dates: 13 - 22 July / 18 - 27 August, 2019
What's included?
  • meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners with lots of fresh seafood);
  • transfers according to the itinerary;
  • accommodation at a hotel Bay house in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (4/6 people per room), accommodation on board a yacht during the tour (2/3 people per room);
  • expedition yacht rental fees (according to the itinerary), fuel cost according to the itinerary, ship and crew services;
  • gear and equipment rental fees;
  • cleaning services;
  • free-diving lessons and kayaking (only available for catamaran "Kosatka");
  • medical transportation insurance;
  • first-aid kit, medicine;
  • some of additional basic expenses;
  • border areas and reserves entrance permits.
Additional expenses
  • plane tickets;
  • 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.
The itinerary is designed for favorable weather conditions and might require adjustment due to changes of the latter. Also it might get adjusted in accordance with the physical fitness of the group members.
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, fins, gloves, socks (available for rent in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).

You can make the program even more intense by adding to it one or more of these additional mini trips.

Vachkazhec Volcano
Enjoy a one-day trip to one of the most gorgeous spots of the peninsula – the ancient Vachkazhec Volcano. You'll learn why this volcano is considered to consist of three parts, visit the Takhkoloch Lake and see the crater itself. Get ready to touch 50 million year old rocks while arctic squirrels fawn around you.

Cost: 100$ per person
Departure time: 10am
Number of tourists: 4 and more
Age: 8 and older

What's included?
  • transfer
  • lunch
  • guiding services
  • permit to enter the reserve

Khalaktyrsky Beach
Time to head to the coast of the Pacific Ocean to enjoy the infinite horizon, noisy waves and salty crisp air. And most importantly – to run pitch black volcanic sand through our fingers.

Cost: 30$ per person
Duration: 4-5 hours
Number of tourists: 4-6
Age: 4 and older

What's included?
  • transfer
  • guiding services

Dachniye Thermal Springs
Watch the most powerful rumbling steam boiler and streams of steam and water in the whole area with glorious background of rocky slopes near Mutnovsky volcano. The walk will take about 2-3 hours, but you also want to take some time to bathe in the thermal springs. After that we'll head to the waterfall on the Spokoyniy creek and watch this immense flow of clean water gush into the abys of the gully.

Cost: 107$ per person
Duration: 10 hours

What's included?
  • transfer
  • meals
  • guiding services

Chopper Tours
Valley of Geysers, Uzon volcano caldera, Nalychevskiye thermal springs.

  1. Departure from the airport.
  2. Chopper tour around Karymsky and Maly Semyachic active volcanos. You'll have about an hour to look at the volcanoes from the chopper cabin, take pictures and enjoy the bird's eye view.
  3. Hiking around the valley of geysers (hour and a half). You'll see the Bolshoy gayser erupt and watch the numerous mud and hot springs in action. The rout is equipped with wooden paths, which makes it available for people of any fitness level.
  4. After a 10 minute chopper transfer you'll find yourself in the Uzon volcano caldera with its extraterrestrial landscapes and numerous kinds of thermal activity. The rout is equipped with wooden paths, which makes it available for people of any fitness level. The duration of the hike is about 50 minutes.
  5. Bathing in thermal springs in Nalychevo reserve with the water temperature approaching 45C with a hot lunch after the bathing. Make sure you've packed your bathing suits!
  6. A 20 minute chopper transfer to the airport.

Cost: 640$ per person
Duration: 6-7 hours

What's included?
  • transfers
  • lunch
  • guiding services

Valley of Geysers and Nalychevo reserve springs
The itinerary repeats the program above except for the Uzon caldera, which is not included in this tour.

Cost: 580$ per person
Duration: 5-6 hours

What's included?
  • transfers
  • lunch
  • guiding services

One day tour to the Kuril Lake, Ksudach volcano crater, Khodutkinskiye hot springs

  1. Departure from the airport.
  2. Hiking around the Kuril Lake. Watching bears hunt spawning salmon and visiting a fish barricade. The duration of the hike is about an hour and a half.
  3. Lunch break with hot meals, tea and juice.
  4. Boat tour around the Kuril Lake (if there're boats available for rent).
  5. After a 20 minute chopper transfer you'll hike up to the Ksudach volcano caldera, walk around the Kluchevoye Lake and check the "hot" beach. (Duration – 15 minutes).
  6. After another transfer you'll find yourself at the foot of the Khodutka volcano, where you'll be able to bathe in hot thermal spring as hot as 40C. The springs are believed to have therapeutic effect as they contain lots of silicic acid. Make sure you've packed your bathing suits!
  7. Transfer back to the airport (40 minutes).

Cost: 610$ per person
Duration: 6-7 hours

What's included?
  • transfers
  • lunch
  • guiding service
Catamaran "Bering"
Built according to an Australian project, this catamaran is extremely seaworthy and can boast high self-righting capability. It is designed to make you feel safe and comfortable, prevent you from getting seasick and provide you with all the necessary stuff on board. There're 2 single and 3 double rooms, a restroom with a hot shower. There is additional equipment on board such as two motor boats to approach orcas and whales. You'll be able to watch the nature from spacious front and rear decks and spend time with your team relaxing on the couches or having meals at the common tables. The 12-meter-long catamaran, equipped with 2 Mercury «Verado» engines 250 hp each, is run by a seasoned captain and professional crew, so you'll be in good hands while on board.
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