Unknown Sakhalin and Kunashir — the "black" island of the Kuril Ridge

The distant and beautiful Kuril Islands are waiting for you on this journey! 

You will see Aniva Lighthouse and try fresh oysters for lunch in Busse Lagoon, take memorable photos at Cape Columnar, take mud baths in Boiling Lake. 

You will also spend an unforgettable week surrounded by volcanoes and the sea.

Location

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 Jul – 3 Aug
    • 18 – 24 Aug
    • 15 – 21 Sep
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 25 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Fresh seafood
You will collect oysters and go to their tasting
Mud baths and thermal springs
Have a rest, relax and get healthier in the healthy waters
The perfect photo zone
Arrange a photo shoot among the bizarre rocks

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival to Sakhalin. Sightseeing tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. 

    Check-in at the hotel from 14:00 (early check-in is possible with an additional 50% / room / day). 

    Sightseeing tour of the city (2 hours). 

    During the tour, you will learn how the city grew and developed during the period of Japanese rule (at that time it was called Toyohara), you will see preserved Japanese buildings built in the same distant times, including one of the oldest buildings built in 1908 and the most striking buildings built in 1937.

    Get acquainted with the most beautiful places of the modern, cozy city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the main attractions of the island capital: the observation deck of the STK "Mountain Air", which offers a magnificent view of the whole city (access to the middle area is carried out by motor transport).

    We will visit three squares — Lenin, Victory and Glory, as well as Chekhov Center Square.

    Welcome dinner in Sakhalin style.

    We will begin our journey with an introduction to Sakhalin cuisine. At our dinner you will taste the famous hemultan soup, salads from Sakhalin wild plants.

    Over dinner, we will discuss the details of the trip and give you the necessary attribute for a trip to Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. 

    The weather on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands is changing very quickly, and to make your trip comfortable, we have prepared a raincoat for you. Your clothes will always stay dry, even in the most inclement weather.

    Transfer to the hotel after dinner. Rest.

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  • Day 2 - The Frog Outlier is a place of power. Departure to Kunashir Island. A walk along the coast
  • Day 3 - The fumarole field of the Mendeleev volcano
  • Day 4 - Golovnin volcano Caldera, Boiling Lake, Hot Lake
  • Day 5 - Excursion to Cape Columnar. Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 6 - Aniva Lighthouse and lunch with oysters at Busse Lagoon
  • Day 7 - The end of the program. Departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments

No special physical training is required for traveling, but you need to be ready for hiking up to 16 km per day, steep ascents and descents

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation on Kunashir Island in the Iceberg Hotel, building 1, standard rooms with amenities per block.

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

For double occupancy on Kunashir IslandSurcharge for single accommodation on Kunashir islandChild under 12 years old in double or triple occupancy  
99 908 4 500 96 908 

An additional fee is paid for the hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (cost for 1 person for 3 nights), RUB.:

HotelsDouble occupancySingle occupancyExtra nights
double/single room
Youth 3*8 70014 7002 900 / 4 900
Squirrel 3*9 60016 3503 200 / 5 450
Jubilee 3*9 90016 0203 300 / 5 650
Gagarin 3*10 80017 4003 600 / 5 800
Mega Palace Hotel 4*11 70019 9503 900 / 6 650
Santa Risot Hotel 4*
(two 1.5-double beds)
15 00025 8005 000 / 8 600
Santa Risot Hotel 4*
(one large bed)
15 75027 2105 250 / 9 070
Paradise Risot Hotel 4*18 00033 0006 000 / 11 000

When booking accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on your own, please take into account:

  • transfer to arrival / departure (meeting /departure) is provided for an additional fee: 600 rubles per person one way, within the city, without arrival at the market;
  • the tourist must independently arrive at the gathering place of the group for transfer to the airport upon departure to the Kuril Islands, the place and time for collection is confirmed the day before or independently arrive at the airport;
  • upon the group's return from the Kuril Islands, the transfer takes tourists only to the base hotels;
  • the tourist must independently arrive at the starting point of the group excursions according to the program, the place and time for collection is confirmed the day before, at the end of the tour, tourists are delivered only to the base hotels.
Belka Hotel or Gagarin Hotel or 3 nights
Belka Hotel

The first hotel in the Far East, made according to Finnish technology in a wooden style made of milled timber.

The three—storey building with a basement was built according to an individual project developed by Japanese architects, with maximum preservation of all the unique properties of wood - a healthy microclimate, special deep warmth, comfort, creating a favorable atmosphere and giving a sense of security and peace. Within the walls of the hotel there is an atmosphere of warm, taiga wood in its pristine beauty.

Hotel It was opened in 2003.

Renovated in 2019.

In all rooms: TV, Internet Wi-Fi, safe, air conditioning, refrigerator, mini-bar, bathrobe, slippers, personal hygiene products, hair dryer.

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Gagarin Hotel

Gagarin Hotel it 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 more than 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

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

The multi-storey Mega Palace Hotel offers modern rooms and apartments with antique-style furniture. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, a safe and a minibar.

The spa facilities include a fitness center, a hot tub and a sauna. In the evening, guests can visit a karaoke bar or a nightclub with DJ performances.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning. The Marquis Restaurant serves Russian, European and Japanese cuisine, while Serbian cuisine can be enjoyed at the Grill in the Sky restaurant. There is also an Asian restaurant "Asia" and a Japanese BamBoo restaurant. Guests can relax at the Duke Karaoke Bar.

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The Santa Resort Hotel

Santa Risot Resort Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, next to the picturesque Gagarin Park at the foot of Parkovaya Mountain, a 10-minute drive from the city's business district. It offers a sauna, a hot tub, a restaurant and a tennis court.

The Rubin Restaurant serves Russian, European, Pan-Asian and Japanese cuisine. At the Kristall Bar, guests can order exotic cocktails, which can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace with panoramic views.

Rooms at the Santa Risot Resort feature a balcony and free Wi-Fi. They are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The private bathrooms are equipped with toiletries, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

The Santa Risot Resort features a spa complex with a sauna with a swimming pool, as well as a well-equipped gym. 

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The Yubileynaya Hotel

This hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a 10-minute walk from the Gorny Vozdukh Ski Center. It offers rooms with a microwave, a sauna and free private parking.

The rooms at the Yubileynaya Hotel are decorated in a classic style and feature a work desk and a bathroom with a hairdryer.

The Time Cafe serves European and Oriental cuisine, and there are several restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.

Guests can relax in the sauna. Gagarin Park, where entertainment programs are held, is a 3-minute walk from the Yubileynaya Hotel.

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Paradise Risot Hotel

A new hotel has opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the immediate vicinity of the Mountain Air ski resort.

Paradise Resort Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 4.3 km from Victory Square. It offers a restaurant and a bar. The resort offers family rooms.

Rooms at the resort are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Rooms at Paradise Resort have a private bathroom with a bidet and a hairdryer. The windows offer views of the city. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator.

A buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel.

The hotel staff speaks English and Russian and will be happy to provide guests with information about the region at the reception.

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Yunost Hotel

Yunost Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 300 metres from Victory Square. It offers a restaurant, a shared lounge and free private parking. The hotel is 4.1 km from the center of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and 4.4 km from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Train Station. Those who wish can book family rooms.

Rooms at Yunost Hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Bed linen and slippers are provided.

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Pacific Plaza Sakhalin Hotel

This hotel is located on the main street of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Mira Avenue. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and a fitness center. The Chekhov Theatre is just a 5-minute walk from Pacific Plaza Sakhalin Hotel.

The elegant rooms at the hotel are decorated in a classic style and feature a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safe. The private bathroom comes with bathrobes and slippers.

A buffet breakfast is served at the modern Aromas Cafe, while Valentine's Restaurant serves European and Asian cuisine. In turn, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Susunai Mountains from the Lounge 8 bar.

The local administration building is just a 5-minute walk from the Pacific Plaza Sakhalin Hotel. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Train Station is a 10-minute drive from Pacific Plaza Sakhalin Hotel, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport is 8 km from the hotel.

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The Iceberg Hotel 3 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 25 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Included in price

  • guided tours according to the program;
  • transfers according to the program;
  • accommodation on Kunashir Island in the Iceberg Hotel, building 1, standard rooms with amenities per block;
  • meals according to the program;
  • transportation services on the routes;
  • excursion service on Sakhalin Island;
  • escort by a guide to Kunashir island;
  • preparation of permits for staying in the border area of Kunashir island;
  • accident insurance, insurance coverage up to 100,000 rubles.;
  • raincoat.

Paid extra

  • flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;
  • hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — from 8,700 rubles/person. for 3 nights;
  • when booking accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on your own, please take into account:
    • transfer to arrival / departure (meeting /departure) is provided for an additional fee — 600 rubles per person one way, within the city limits, without arrival at the market;
  • dinners on Kunashir Island indicated in the program marked "independently" and meals that are not included in the program;
  • air ticket on the route Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Yuzhno-Kurilsk — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk:
    • adult — 14,800 rubles.;
    • child (2-12 years old) — 7,900 rubles.;
  • surcharge for early check—in at the hotel - 50%/room/day;
  • the surcharge for late check—out from the hotel is 50%/room/day.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Camping equipment:

  • clothes:
    • a warm sweater;
    • warm wool socks;
    • windbreaker;
    • windproof and waterproof jacket;
    • raincoat;
    • thermal underwear;
    • t-shirts;
    • shorts;
    • bathing suit;
  • headdress, accessories:
    • a panama hat or a cap;
    • knitted hat;
    • sunglasses;
    • cotton gloves;
  • shoes:
    • comfortable sneakers, worn, with a tenacious sole or trekking boots, waterproof sneakers;
    • sandals for walking on water, slates.

A raincoat and raincoats for shoes will be issued before the start of the tour.

On each route, you must have a change of clothes and shoes with you.

Documents:

  • passport, voucher;
  • medical insurance policy;
  • insurance policy;
  • birth certificate (if a child is flying with you).
What documents are required to obtain a pass to the Kuril Islands?
The complexity of the routes on Kunashir Island
Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?
Are there any possible changes in the program?

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