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Cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk

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The expedition will reveal many secrets of a practically unexplored area. We will see beautiful and rare striped seals, sea lions and northern fur seals. There will definitely be an opportunity to see several species of whales, including rare gray and bowhead whales.

6 310 €
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Duration
12 days
11 nights
Dates
  • group dates
    • 24 Jun – 5 Jul
Complexity
The load for beginners
Accommodation
  • Cabin
    11 nights
Comfort
Basic+
Midscale
Upscale
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Russia, Sakhalin Region, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Main impressions

Tyuleniy Island

We will see a tiny island off the coast of Sakhalin, which has become a refuge for thousands of northern fur seals and sea lions

Whales in Piltun Bay

The largest number of gray whales gather here during summer months

Shantar Archipelago

We will look for brown bears, whales, seals and Steller's sea eagles while cruising on Zodiac boats

Mal’minskie Islands

Here there are birds everywhere, in the air, in the water and on the land

Magadan Reserve

We will see beautiful mountains covered with a dwarf fur coat and rocky bald patches of snowfields, mountain rivers and lakes, traces of ancient human settlements

Route

  • Day 1 — Sakhalin Island, Port of Korsakov

    This morning we board a coach for transfer to the Port of Korsakov some 40 minutes south of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk where we will board the Spirit of Enderby. 

    Once on board you will be shown to your cabins and there will be a chance to unpack and explore the vessel. 

    There will be briefings and introductions to the ship, staff and crew after we sail towards the Sea of Okhotsk.

  • Day 2 — Tyuleniy Island

    We visit little known Tyuleniy Island off the south east coast of Sakhalin Island. 

    This small island is a strong hold for Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Fur seal numbers have increased since an International Covention signed in 1911 banned seal hunting here. 

    In the 1990s Steller Sea Lions started breeding on the island and their colony now numbers about 2,500 animals. 

    Sea conditions permitting we plan a landing here for an opportunity to photograph the seals and sea lions.

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  • Day 3 — Piltun Bay, Sakhalin Island

    It was the discovery of oil and gas in this region which put Sakhalin Island on many people’s maps. 

    Piltun Bay is an important habitat for the small population of western Gray Whales. 

    Researchers monitor the population during the summer months. 

    We go in search of the Gray Whales that live here, travelling by Zodiac inshore to the shallower waters where they are known to feed.

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  • Day 4 — Iony Island

    Iony Island lies in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk, it is really just a rock, but what it lacks in physical size it more than makes up for wildlife. 

    Birds appear to take up all available space; there are guillemots, kittiwakes and various species of auklets, with Parakeet, Whiskered and Least being the most prominent. 

    We will Zodiac cruise around the island as Steller Sea Lions occupy the few rocky beaches, making any landing impossible.

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  • Day 5 — Shantar Archipelago

    Lying in the western sector of the Sea of Okhotsk close to the continent, the islands in this archipelago are amongst the last place in the Sea of Okhotsk to become ice free each year. 

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  • Day 6 — Shantar Archipelago

    This late ice can sometimes restrict how far we can explore here; on the other hand ice increases our chances of seeing some of the seals including Bearded, Ringed, Largha and Ribbon Seals that breed here. 

    If we can land there will be birding, botany and photography excursions led by our team of on board naturalists.

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  • Day 7 — Mal’minskie Islands

    Here there are birds everywhere, in the air, in the water and on the land. Numerous species breed here including large numbers of Spectacled Guillemot. 

    Other species include Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin, Crested Auklet and both Common and Brunnichs Guillemot

    There is also a good population of Steller’s Sea Eagles on the island and on the adjacent mainland. 

    Landing on the island is restricted to a small gravel spit; however on the mainland we can stretch our legs and explore the taiga forest.

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  • Day 8 — Okhotsk Town

    This town has featured in Russian Far East history since the earliest Cossack explorers came from the west. 

    Vitus Bering travelled overland from St Petersburg to Okhotsk in 1725 and again 1733 and travelled to Kamchtka and beyond. 

    Today Okhotsk is the centre of fishing in the region. 

    The port exports significant quantities of salmon and other fish. We visit the town, landing by Zodiac up the river near the town centre. 

    The local people are generous and welcoming and will provide entertainment in the town centre and a cultural display.

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  • Day 9 — Talan Island

    An internationally known, but very difficult bird island to get to, Talan is infamous largely because of the hundreds of thousands of Crested Auklets that nest there. 

    There are also an extraordinary number of kittiwakes nesting along the cliffs and not surprisingly a large population of Steller’s Sea Eagles

    We plan to circumnavigate the island by Zodiac before landing and then return in the late evening to witness the huge flocks of Crested Auklets amassing at sea before coming ashore.

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  • Day 10 — Koni Peninsula

    This is a mountainous region to the south-east of the town of Magadan, part of which is included in the Magadanskiy Zapovednik

    This reserve protects among other animals Brown Bear and Snow Sheep. 

    Many of our landings are expeditionary, in that although we have landed at a number of places along the coast, many will be new and unknown to us, so we are never quite sure what we will find. 

    That is part of what makes this style of travel so interesting.

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  • Day 11 — Yamskiye Islands

    These islands are claimed by some biologists to be the largest bird colony in the North Pacific. 

    According to bird counts there are an estimated 7 million birds nesting on Matykil Island, the largest in the group. Birds include Common and Brunnichs Guillemot, Crested, Parakeet and Least Auklets, Tufted and Horned Puffins and Northern Fulmars

    The most abundant of these is the Least Auklet. We Zodiac around the coast as no landings are permitted.

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  • Day 12 — Magadan

    The name Magadan is synonymous with Stalin’s oppressive Gulags or prisons but there is very little evidence now of this town’s tragic past. 

    The local museum has an excellent display about the Gulags but the most poignant reminder is the ‘Mask of Sorrow’ a large monument on a hill overlooking the town. 

    Today Magadan is a town of about 100,000 people. 

    Fishing is important and gold mining is experiencing a revival. The infamous Kolyma Highway or the ‘Road of Bones’ connects Magadan with Irkutsk and ultimately greater Russia. 

    We plan to arrive here midday where our journey ends. You will be transferred to a central hotel or the airport. 

    Itinerary can be change because of weather conditions.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Cabin
    11 nights
Comfort
Basic+
Midscale
Upscale
Premium

Accommodation in a cabin on board is included it this tour.

Tour price per person depending on the category of accommodation:

CabinPrice per person
Main Deck Triple$ 6 590
Main Deck$ 7 750
Superior$ 8 270
Superior Plus$ 9 000
Mini Suite$ 9 420
Heritage Suite$ 10 370
Local Payment (Additional charges)$ 500

Expedition ship "Spirit of Enderby"

The Spirit of Enderby is a wonderful small ice-class expedition vessel. In March 2013, it was completely re-equipped with the expectation of portable accommodation of no more than 50 passengers in two-seater boats. For the convenience of passengers, the ship has a bar, a cozy salon, a large lecture hall and a library with a collection of thematic literature

The spacious captain's bridge is always open for passengers. From it you can admire stunning views of icebergs and coastal landscapes. In order not to miss any moment of the trip, wildlife and marine animals can also be observed from the open decks of the ship.

The captain and crew of "Spirit of Enderby" are experienced sailors, true enthusiasts of expedition travel. During landings, travelers are accompanied by qualified guides and naturalists. For landings, a fleet of motorized inflatable boats is used, which are simple and convenient to use. With their help, the expedition members easily get to amazingly beautiful, but hard-to-reach places.

Spirit of Enderby is an ice-class vessel specially equipped to explore regions where navigation of larger ships is impossible.

Heritage Suite or Mini Suite or Superior Plus or Superior or Main Deck or Main Deck Triple
11 nights

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Cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk

Duration
12 days
11 nights
Group
Up to people
Complexity
The load for beginners
Group meet at
Russia, Sakhalin Region, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Included in price

  • pre/post cruise transfers;
  • all on board ship accommodation with meals and all expedition shore excursions.

Paid extra

  • international/domestic flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back from Magadan;
  • visas;
  • all items of a personal nature;
  • laundry; drinks;
  • gratuities;
  • travel insurance;
  • local payment $500.00.
6 310 €
What’s included in the price? Submit request
Duration
12 days
11 nights
Dates
  • group dates
    • 24 Jun – 5 Jul
Complexity
The load for beginners
Accommodation
  • Cabin
    11 nights
Comfort
Basic+
Midscale
Upscale
Premium
Group meet at
Russia, Sakhalin Region, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
The most profitable tickets to Russia

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6 310 €
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Duration
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11 nights
Dates
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    • 24 Jun – 5 Jul
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