Sakhalin Kaleidoscope and Kunashir Island

Such distant and inviting islands are Sakhalin and Kunashir. Do not miss the opportunity to visit two islands of the Kuril Ridge at once. 

An unforgettable journey awaits you — a meeting with sea lions, a trip to Lake Busse and oyster tasting, a meeting with the Pacific Ocean and a rest in the thermal springs of the Mendeleev volcano.

Location

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Duration
11 Days
10 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 29 Apr – 9 May, 2025
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    10 nights
Comfort
  • 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
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Amazing sea lions
You will sail by boat to the rookery of red—book sea lions - the largest representatives of eared seals
Delicious oysters
You will visit a unique reservoir where you will stand on an oyster "jar"
Fumarole field
Explore the fumaroles and solfatars of the Mendeleev volcano and swim in the natural thermal springs
Lakes are Boiling and Hot
Admire the incredible beauty of the two craters of the Golovin volcano – Boiling and Hot lakes
Cape Columnar
You will reach Cape Columnar, one of the most amazing and unique places on earth
Far Eastern delights
You will taste excellent Sakhalin fish soup with red fish, Far Eastern delicacies and caviar

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Sightseeing tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. 

    Transfer to the hotel, we leave our things.

    Please keep in mind that check-in at the hotel is at 14:00 (early check-in is booked and paid in advance if necessary).

    Welcome lunch at a Japanese restaurant.

    Sightseeing bus tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    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.

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  • Day 2 - Tikhaya Bay, Noticeable Island, east coast of the Sea of Okhotsk
  • Day 3 - Flight to Kunashir. A walk along the Pacific Ocean coast
  • Day 4 - The fumarole field of the Mendeleev volcano. Thermal springs
  • Day 5 - Golovnin volcano. Lakes are Boiling and Hot
  • Day 6 - Cape Columnar. Stolbovsky sources. White Monks Rocks
  • Day 7 - Excursion to the Museum of local lore. Flight to Sakhalin
  • Day 8 - Free day
  • Day 9 - To visit the oysters. Lake-lagoon "Busse". Gastronomic tour
  • Day 10 - A unique meeting with sea lions, Nevelsk, west coast of Sakhalin Island — Tatar Strait
  • Day 11 - Transfer to the airport
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    10 nights
Comfort
  • 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*150 00019 200
Mega Palace 4*152 00024 400

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;

The cost of one additional. overnight 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 6 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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The Flagship Hotel or The Iceberg-2 Hotel 4 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 25 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
11 days 10 nights
Group meets at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Included in price

  • airport — hotel — airport transfer;
  • accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 2-bed accommodation;
  • transfer hotel — airport — hotel;
  • meals on Sakhalin specified in the program;
  • accommodation in Yuzhno-Kurilsk, in the Flagship hotel, 2-bed accommodation (b/w);
  • meals on Kunashir 3 times a day;
  • transportation services according to the program;
  • escort by instructors/guides on the routes;
  • services of a tour guide;
  • a pass to the Kurilsky Nature Reserve;
  • border pass to Kunashir Island.

Paid extra

  • flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;
  • air tickets Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Yuzhno-Kurilsk — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — 15,000 rubles/person.;
  • dinners in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;
  • early check-in to hotels and late check-out from hotels;
  • surcharge for single accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;
  • additional payment for an increased level of comfort of living on Kunashir;
  • 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).
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    29 Apr – 9 May, 2025 11 days 10 nights
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