Island trip: Sakhalin — Shikotan — Kunashir

This journey will remain in your memory for a long time! 

On Sakhalin, you will admire the picturesque bays and capes, visit the Japanese Torii gate, collect amber and walk along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk.

Kunashir Island will amaze you with its volcanoes, bamboo thickets and thermal springs.

And on Shikotan you will find an exciting jeep tour of the most iconic places of the island with local hiking.

Location

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
from
US$ 1 963
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
Book the tour
No need to pay now
Duration
13 Days
12 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 7 – 19 Oct
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    11 nights
  • Cabin on the boat
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 25 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Contact the tour coordinator
Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
Or text us in messengers

Tour highlights

Jeep tour of Shikotan
Find yourself at the Edge of the World, in the filming locations of the film "Robinson Crusoe" and see the lighthouse of Spunberg
Tastes of the Far East
You can enjoy freshly boiled crabs, Far Eastern delicacies and caviar
The greatness of volcanoes
Admire the fumarole field of the Mendeleev volcano and the lakes of the Golovnin volcano
Hello, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk!
Take a sightseeing tour, visit the viewport and walk around the city on your free day
Cape Columnar
You will see basalt lava frozen millions of years ago in the form of 5-6-faceted columns
Picturesque bay
Go to Tikhaya Bay, stop at the amber coast on the way and watch the seals

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Sightseeing tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Lunch at a Japanese restaurant

    Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. 

    Meeting at the airport. 

    Transfer to the hotel, we leave our things.

    Check-in at all hotels at 14:00, if necessary, early check-in is booked and paid in advance.

    Welcome lunch at a Japanese restaurant.

    Sightseeing bus tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital of the Sakhalin region. A modern, beautiful city with a history.

    A visit to the viewport at the Mountain Air ski complex, which offers a magnificent view of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, located in a valley surrounded by hills and ridges.

    Return to the hotel. 

    Dinner (on your own). 

    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has many authentic cozy restaurants with Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European cuisine.

    2 more photos
  • Day 2 - The bay Is Quiet. The eastern coast of the Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 3 - Cape Bird and Cape Giant. The southeastern coast of the Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 4 - Departure of the ship to Shikotan
  • Day 5 - Arrival at Shikotan. Mount Shikotan
  • Day 6 - Jeep tour of the most iconic places of Shikotan with local hiking
  • Day 7 - Sea crossing to Kunashir
  • Day 8 - The fumarole field of the Mendeleev volcano. Thermal springs
  • Day 9 - Golovnin volcano. Lakes are Boiling and Hot
  • Day 10 - Cape Columnar. Stolbovsky sources. The White Monks Rocks. The Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 11 - Flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 12 - Free day
  • Day 13 - Transfer to the airport
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    11 nights
  • Cabin on the boat
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour includes accommodation in hotels. 

The cost of the tour for 1 person, RUB.:

HotelsDouble occupancySurcharge for single occupancy
Gagarin 3* / Belka 3*176 00023 000
Mega Palace 4*178 00027 200

Additional payments on Kunashir are optional (increased comfort level of accommodation):

  • for a double suite at the Flagship hotel (with amenities) on Kunashir Island — 6,600 rubles/person/4 nights;
  • for a single room in the Iceberg 2 hotel (with amenities) on Kunashir Island — 6,600 rubles/person/4 nights;
  • for a double suite at the Iceberg 2 hotel (with amenities) on Kunashir Island — 6,600 rubles/person/4 nights.

Additional day of stay in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (if necessary), RUB.: 

HotelsDouble RoomSingle Room
Gagarin 3* / Belka 3*7 2005 800
Mega Palace 4*8 3007 200
Gagarin Hotel or Mega Palace hotel 4* or 5 nights
Gagarin Hotel

This hotel is located in a quiet location in the park area of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a 15-minute drive from Khomutovo Airport. The Gagarin Hotel offers a sauna with a mini-pool.

The rooms of the Gagarin Hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are decorated using elements of Japanese and European styles. They are equipped with a work desk and a TV with over 100 satellite channels. Featuring a bath, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.

A full buffet breakfast is served every morning at the hotel. The Gagarin restaurant specializes in European cuisine.

Guests can relax in the karaoke bar. A park named after him is located next to the hotel. Gagarina with a beautiful rock garden.

Free parking is available on site at the Gagarin Hotel. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange a shuttle service for guests.

1 more photos
Another option
Mega Palace hotel 4*

This hotel is located on the Far Eastern Sakhalin Island of Russia, at the foot of the Susunai Mountains. It offers an international restaurant, a spa and a nightclub. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city centre is a 15-minute drive away.

Mega Palace Hotel is a multi-storey building with modern rooms and apartments furnished with antique furniture. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, a safe and a minibar.

It offers a fitness center, a hot tub and a sauna. In the evenings, guests can visit the karaoke bar or a nightclub with a DJ.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning. The Marquis Restaurant serves Russian, European and Japanese cuisine. Serbian cuisine can be enjoyed at the Grill in the Sky restaurant. Asian cuisine restaurant "Asia" and Japanese restaurant Bambu are also available on site. Guests can relax at the Duke Karaoke Bar.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Central Station can be reached in 20 minutes by car.

1 more photos
Another option
Belka Hotel

Built of wooden beams, this hotel is located in the business district, a 10-minute walk from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Main Station in the business center of the city. It offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with a flat-screen TV.

Rooms at the Belka Hotel are decorated in Alpine style and feature wooden walls and air conditioning. The rooms have a minibar and a bathroom with bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and toiletries.

The Belka Hotel's restaurant serves Russian cuisine. Guests can order a buffet breakfast. There are restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel.

4 more photos
The Flagship Hotel 4 nights
Cabin 1 night
Hotel on the island of Shikotan 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 25 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
13 days 12 nights
Group meets at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Included in price

  • airport — hotel — airport transfer;
  • accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 2-bed accommodation;
  • services of a tour guide;
  • meals according to the program;
  • transfer Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Korsakov port / airport — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;
  • accommodation in Yuzhno-Kurilsk at the Flagship hotel (b/w), 2-bed accommodation;
  • 3 meals a day on Kunashir;
  • accommodation in a hotel on Shikotan, 2-bed accommodation;
  • 3 meals a day on Shikotan;
  • port charges;
  • bed linen on the ship;
  • boat and equipment rental;
  • kayak and equipment rental;
  • transportation services according to the program;
  • escort by instructors-guides on the routes;
  • a pass to the Kurilsky Nature Reserve;
  • border crossing to Kunashir Island and Shikotan Island.

Paid extra

  • flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;
  • ticket for the Korsakov — Malokurilskoye motor ship, 4-bed cabin — 5,400 rubles/person.;
  • ticket for the Malokurilskoye — Yuzhno-Kurilsk motor ship, 4-bed cabin — 2,500 rubles/person.;
  • air ticket Yuzhno-Kurilsk — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — 7,500 rubles/person.;
  • meals on the ship;
  • dinners in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;
  • early check-in to hotels and late check-out from hotels;
  • surcharge for single occupancy;
  • an additional payment on Kunashir, if desired, for an increased level of comfort of living — 6,600 rubles / person / 4 nights;
  • additional day of stay in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (if necessary);
  • medical insurance.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • lightweight headdress for sun protection;
  • trekking waterproof sneakers/boots (Gore-Tex), or treated with a water repellent + a replaceable pair of shoes;
  • comfortable sports sandals with a rigid fixation on the foot, in which it is convenient to walk on water and stones (necessary on the route Tikhaya Bay, for visiting thermal springs / baths on the islands of Kunashir and Iturup);
  • sports trousers are comfortable for trekking (2 pairs). It is also preferable to have waterproof trousers. It is especially convenient on the side zippers to quickly put on over sweatpants if necessary. They are light and do not take up space at all;
  • comfortable, lightweight, wind and moisture proof(!) jacket;
  • warm clothes: sweater, fleece jacket or similar warm clothes;
  • T-shirt with short or long sleeves with moisture-repellent properties for trekking;
  • lightweight cotton clothing: shorts/capris, T-shirts;
  • bathing suit;
  • socks are warm and thick;
  • a small travel towel (quick-drying);
  • a small backpack of 25-30 liters for one-day radial routes for water, photo/video equipment, swimsuit, towel, raincoat, etc. It is mandatory to have a waterproof backpack cover;
  • sunscreen and sunglasses;
  • a sunscreen adapted for you with a protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 units;
  • plastic water bottle for routes;
  • gloves;
  • telescopic poles for hiking (personal necessity);
  • photo/video equipment;
  • mosquito and tick repellents (personal necessity).
Safety Memo
Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?
Is accident insurance included?
What documents are required to obtain a pass to the Kuril Islands?
Are there any possible changes in the program?
Cancellation of booking

Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 1 963
    7 – 19 Oct 13 days 12 nights
    Submit request
    No need to pay now
from
US$ 1 963
Submit request