1-15 August, departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Day 1. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the yacht.
First day will be dedicated to the maritime transition to Kurils. Guests will get acquainted with each other and the yacht, and if the wind will be blowing the right way we will raise the sails. Everyone will be able get the yacht and sailing experience.
Our journey begins with the most "inhabited" and explored part of the Kurils. Here, on the islands of Urup, Iturup and Kunashir, we will visit abandoned cities and look for war artifacts - bunkers, guns and tanks abandoned here after the end of hostilities. On the coast we will visit rookeries of sea lions, northern fur seals and other seals.
Abandoned whaling stations of Southern Kurils are also on our list.
One of the most important points of the program is acquaintance with the amazing marine food of Russian Far East. We will enjoy red caviar, crabs, scallops and fish throughout the whole route!
The least explored and the most wild part of the archipelago. Here, on the Simushir, Ketoi, Rashua and other islands nature is preserved in its most primal form - bird and seal rookeries, bears and arctic foxes, volcanoes, lakes and rivers - all this we will see in the Middle Kuriles. We will enter the famous Broughton's bay, the natural haven where the ships park at the storm time. Here we expect to meet the great number of cetaceans. Islands are surrounded by big depths, so we expect to meet sperm whales in addition to killer whales, gray whales and humpbacks.
We will visit the island of Onekotan, known for the pearl of the Great Kuril ridge, the famous ring lake with the volcano Krenitsyn rising from it's middle. In addition to the ocean part of program, we plan to do trekking to this stunning natural phenomenon. During our last expedition we observed the rarest Japanese right whales near the island of Shumshu. We will visit the abandoned Japanese base, the ruins of the Second World War, the famous Alaid volcano on the Atlasov island and other volcanoes. We will land on Paramushir Island, see numerous bird rookeries and, of course, swim with whales, killer whales and seals!
This part of the route is most well known and often visited by tourists. We will sail along the most famous sights of the Avacha Bay, including the Three Brothers rocks, the Starichkov Island, numerous bird and northern sea lions rookeries. We will see a famous volcanoes of Kamchatka and the largest number of killer whales on our route. We will try to meet the scientific of FEROP who study orcas in the area. End in Petropavlovsk, transfer to the hotel.
Flights back home