Kamchatka
August 07 - 18, 2018


Brown bear photography and
snorkeling with orcas in Kamchatka.


For those of you who want to get a glimpse of real wild Russian nature we've planned a 12 day trip to Kamchatka, where you'll be able to approach wild animals as close as it's ever going to get, observing them in their natural habitat.

Come along to spend 3 days at the South Kamchatka Federal Reserve near the Kuril lake watching numerous brown bears hunt spawning salmon. We will experience the true Russian wilderness and get as close as possible to this iconic animals. For those who want to get even more adrenaline and take unique pictures, we have constructed a cage for observing bears underwater.

Kamchatka is well known 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. In the second part of our expedition we will try to get close to the orcas and get into the water with these magestic animals. We will also take our time to go snorkeling with Steller's sea lions, the largest seals of the Russian far east.

Accomodation.
In South Kamchatka Federal reserve we will live in tents surrounded with bear-proof barrier. We will use comfortable catamaran for the oceanic part of the trip.

Animals we can meet.
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 see bears (thats for sure) , fox, squirrels, marmots and even mountain sheep.

What are we will do?
  • Meet brown bears at their natural habitat and even get into the water with them
  • 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;
  • swim with wild marine animals like killer whales and sea lions in their natural habitat;
  • make new friends.
Itinerary
Day 1
Arriving to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, check in to the hotel. Free time, briefing.
Day 2
Excursion to the Avachinsky volcano. Watching Beringian gophers (Eurasian) and black-capped marmots (tarbagans).
Day 3
Ascent of the Mutnovsky volcano.
Day 4
Early departure. Off-road transfer to the Pauzhetka village along the Okhotsk sea coast. Dinner. Bathing in thermal pools. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 5
Off-road transfer to the Ozernaya river, crossing the river. Hiking 13 km without luggage to the Ozerny cordon of the South Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary (all the belongings will be transferred to our camp by boat). On the way we'll visit the rocks of Kutkhina Bati. Check in to the cordon territory. Pitching the camp. Excursion to the KamchatNIRO scientific station. Watching bears.
Day 6-7
Photo tour at the Kuril Lake. Boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers. Bear watching.
Day 8
Photo tour at the Kuril Lake. Boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers. Hiking to the Ozernaya river. Off-road transfer to the Pauzhetka village. Dinner. Bathing in thermal pools.
Day 9
Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky along the Okhotsk sea coast. Check into hotel.
Day 10
Boarding on the catamaran 'Bering'. Visiting Starichkov island, watching seals, birds. Visiting the Vilyuchinskaya bay and the Green Cape searching for killer whales on the way. Visiting the FEROP station. Listening to the lecture about killer whales. Overnight stay at the catamaran.
Day 11
Hiking to Kekurny cape. Diving/snorkeling with steller Sea Lions. Searching for orca and whales sightings. Diving/snorkeling with orcas/whales. Return to the dockyard. Check into hotel.
Day 12
Departure to the airport.
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.
"Bering". A comfortable marine motorized catamaran built in Australia. 12 meters long, 6 meters wide. Perfect for staying at sea comfortably. 3 triple and 3 double cabins, 250 h.p. engine. Experienced crew.
Dates:

August 7th-18rd
Price by request
Included:
  • accommodation in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky;
  • accommodation and meals on the catamaran (lots of fresh seafood);
  • inflatable boat rental fees for a close approach to the animals;
  • all transfers according to the itinerary (including the transfer on a passenger truck to the Kuril Lake and back);
  • cordon territory entrance permit (camping site);
  • meals and accommodation in the Pauzhetka village;
  • meals on the Kuril Lake;
  • armed forester accompaniment during the bear photo tour;
  • excursions to volcanoes, Halaktyrsky beach and hot springs
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.snorkeling gear;
  • health insurance;
  • meals in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
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
  • waterproof tent;
  • 0˚C comfort level sleeping bag;
  • sleeping mat;
  • 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)
Tour Leaders
To be announced
It's easy to book with us!
The process of booking becomes easy with Whale Watching Russia.
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Contact us
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Or write a message. We will answer all your questions, explain all the details and discuss your personal wishes
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Deposit payment
When you are ready to book expedition, we would ask you to pay the deposit, usually it's 50% of the price. You can pay the rest later, the last payment day is 60 days before expedition start.
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Done!
You got your space on the trip, it's time to buy plane tickets! By the way, we can help you with tickets and visas if needed.
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