Getting to know orcas better with FEROP (Far East Russia Orca Project)
Kamchatka peninsula scientific adventure expedition

This time it's not just swimming for the sake of fun. It's a chance to learn something new as marine biologists from FEROP guide you through the amazing world of orcas and other marine mammals. Cozy up at the "Kosatka" catamaran and get ready to listen and watch.

What are we planning to do?
explore the Pacific Ocean cruising along the coast of Kamchatka; 
hike to an active volcano and take a look at its crater;
bathe in hot thermal springs;
take part in the FEROP killer whale research;
visit the famous Valley of Geysers
In mid-July we're setting out for a six-day scientific expedition with FEROP research project (Far East Russia Orca Project) to get to know orcas better and contribute to the research and you can join the team as well! It's a wonderful opportunity to observe orcas in their natural habitat for those who love both animals and science. It's not just orcas, though. You'll also see gray and humpback whales, fin whales and sperm whales as the south-eastern coast of Kamchatka is a place where whale sightings are really frequent. Those who're crazy about volcanos will see what volcanology has in store for them and if you're in to feel the ultimate unity with nature you'll enjoy your time at the Kronotsky natural reserve.
Activities: sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, sailing, photography, unity with nature, observing wild animals in their natural habitat, exploring distant areas, meeting interesting people, fishing.
About the cruise

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.
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!
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. Killer whales conquer the hearts of both casual observers and those who are engaged in their direct study. The complex behavior, complicated social structure and incomprehensible language (each group having its own dialect) make the orca one of the most interesting objects of study. Right now you have a unique opportunity to join one of such research projects: monitor killer whales and other inhabitants of the Far Eastern seas under the supervision of qualified biologists, get the best shots possible from the speedboats, which will take you further into the ocean, and then have some rest cruising along the Kamchatka on a yacht.

The fauna you'll see

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 lover, of course. The flora and fauna of the Peninsula are indeed a unique natural phenomenon. 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.


Day 1 (July 12 th)
Arrival at the airport. Check in to the hotel. Visiting a fish market and some sightseeing. Tour briefing.
If you want, you can visit thermal springs (additional charge needed).

Day 2 (July 13 th)
Transfer to the seaport. Boarding the ship, getting acquainted with the crew and the scientists, briefing, going to the ocean. Getting started - discussion of methods, objectives and plans.

Day 3-5 (July 14 th -16 th)
Transitions from the bay to the bay along the South-Eastern coast of Kamchatka. The main areas of visit - Bays Bechevinskaya, Morzhovaya, Zheleznaya, Russkaya, Listvenichnaya.
Please note: the itinerary might be changed according to the weather and information about whales and orcas location.

Day 6 (July 17 th)
Return to the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, check in to the guesthouse, dinner.

Day 7 (July 18 th)
Extra day in case of bad weather conditions.
If the weather is good and the program is done, than there are several additional activities to choose from:
- visiting the "Valley of Geysers"; (a six-hours helicopter trip) – lunch, bathing in thermal springs;
- visiting the Kuril lake (a six-hours helicopter trip) - lunch, bathing in thermal springs;
- rafting along the Malkinskaya or Bystraya river, fishing;
- other
Overnight in the town.

Day 8 (July 19 th)
One-day jeep tour to Mutnovskiy volcano, ascent into the crater. Overnight in the town.

Day 9 (July 20 th)
Excursion to Avachinskiy Pass or Vachkazhets mountain range, with a stop at the thermal springs.
Overnight in the town.

Day 10 (July 21 st)
Free time (extra day). Overnight in the town.

Day 11 (July 22 nd)
Transfer to the airport. Departure.

What's included?
  • meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners with lots of fresh seafood);
  • transfers according to the itinerary;
  • accommodation at a guesthouse (4 or 6 person accommodation);
  • expedition yacht rental fees (according to the itinerary);
  • fuel cost according to the itinerary;
  • ship and crew services;
  • the FEROP biologists work support;
  • gear and equipment rental fees;
  • cleaning services;
  • medical transportation insurance;
  • first-aid kit, medicine;
  • some of additional basic expenses
  • border areas and reserves entrance permits.

Additional expenses
  • plane tickets;
  • meals in the town;
  • emergency evacuation with no insurance coverage;
  • insurance;
  • cost of additional programs in free days;
  • 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 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.
  • the itinerary is designed for favorable weather conditions and might require adjustment due to changes of the latter.
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