Expedition to the Shantar Islands

The coast of Okhotsk is a paradise for fishermen and photographers. Whales, killer whales, seals, bears and other inhabitants of these places are not afraid of humans. The unusual flora of the islands and the coast will not leave you indifferent.

Have you seen how whales pass within a few meters of the sap, how jasper rocks are crushed in the water, and the setting sun melts the sea? Take part in an expedition to the whales of the Okhotsk Sea and you will see everything for yourself!

Location

Khabarovsk city
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Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 27 Jul – 5 Aug
    • 4 – 13 Aug
    • 8 – 17 Aug
    • 12 – 21 Aug
    • 20 – 29 Aug
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Accommodation
  • Tent
    6 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Khabarovsk city
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Whale watching
Under favorable conditions, we will be able not only to see whales, but also to swim among them. Hundreds of whales of different species have chosen these places.
Seafood delicacies
We will try a variety of fresh seafood and teas made from wild herbs and berries
Fishing
We will not miss the opportunity to fish in the sea, on rivers and lakes

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Khabarovsk — Sea of Okhotsk

    The journey begins in Khabarovsk, where you need to get there on your own. 

    You must be in Khabarovsk the day before the start of the program. So it is necessary to prepare for a long journey at the beginning.

    The meeting of the group takes place at the agreed time at the airport. Nevelsky in Khabarovsk. You need to get to the airport yourself.

    After meeting with the group at the Khabarovsk airport, you will have a flight on an Aurora or Khabarovsk Airlines plane to Nikolaevsk-on-Amur, flight time 1 hour 35 minutes.

    Next, the group will be met by vehicles, which will take us to Cape Perovsky (on the way from 2.5 to 4 hours) along a gravel forest road.

    From Cape Perovsky on a catamaran, you will go to Wrangel Bay, depending on the sea situation, the transition will take from 4 hours to 6 hours.

    Late arrival, check-in at the campsite for two people in one tent with separate rooms, briefing, acquaintance with the base, staff, dinner.

    Important information: The arrival time directly depends on the flight schedule. In case of late arrival of the aircraft, an overnight stay in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur will be organized.

    We recommend arriving at the beginning of the tour in Khabarovsk 1 day before the start of the trip.

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  • Day 2 - Whale watching in the bay off Cape Wrangel
  • Day 3 - Whale watching in the bay off Cape Wrangel
  • Day 4 - Whale watching in the bay off Cape Wrangel
  • Day 5 - Ongachan Bay
  • Day 6 - Bolshoy Shantar Island
  • Day 7 - Transfer to the Bay of Nicholas
  • Day 8 - Pink Salmon Base
  • Day 9 - Transfer to Nikolaevsk-On-Amur
  • Day 10 - Departure to Khabarovsk
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    6 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic

The tour includes accommodation:

  • in Ongachan Bay, you will stay at the base in cabins for 4-6 people, the accommodation conditions are simple;
  • in Wrangel Bay you will stay in tents for 2 people, there is electricity, and a sauna is heated every day;
  • at the Gorbusha campsite we will stay in tents for 2 people, there is electricity, a large tent;
  • in a hotel in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur.

On the first day of the tour, in case of late arrival of the plane in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur, the overnight stay in Wrangel Bay can be replaced by an organized overnight stay in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur.

Cape Wrangel Base 4 nights

Accommodation in tents for 2 people. Camping tents with 2 rooms and a common vestibule. The tents have a polyurethane and inflatable mat.

The base has 2 baths, a dining room, shower cabins, a drying room for clothes and equipment, a laundry room, a campfire area, electricity, toilets with sanitary ware, ecological trails, showers, a clothes dryer.

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Ongachan Base 2 nights
Pink Salmon Camping 2 nights
The Sever Hotel in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Group meets at
Khabarovsk city

Included in price

  • accommodation at tourist bases and campsites;
  • three meals a day;
  • flights Khabarovsk — Nikolaevsk-on-Amur — Khabarovsk (regular flights);
  • transfer Nikolaevsk — coast — Nikolaevsk;
  • the work of a cook, instructor, guide;
  • obtaining a permit to visit the national park;
  • daily walking and sea excursions (except bad weather);
  • group equipment and equipment for the tour;
  • boats, boats, sap boards, wetsuits;
  • shower daily at all bases;
  • electricity at all bases.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Khabarovsk and back;
  • accommodation in Khabarovsk before the start of the program and after its completion (in case of delays, it is paid for independently);
  • meals on the way to settlements (even in case of delays), alcohol;
  • accident insurance;
  • equipment rental;
  • airport — hotel and city transfer;
  • overweight or additional. Luggage.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

To move to the sea:

  • storm clothes, storm suit (overalls or jacket and trousers);
  • high rubber boots or vaders (needed for boarding and disembarking in a boat), vaders must be without spikes;
  • shoes with warm insoles;
  • a windproof hat;
  • thermal socks or insulated socks (2 pairs);
  • waterproof gloves (preferably neoprene);
  • buff or balaclava.

For light trekking and camping:

  • a light jacket (preferably GORE-TEX with a hood in case of rain);
  • light shoes for the camp: sneakers or, for example, crocs;
  • trekking pants or encephalitis suit;
  • a baseball cap or a light cap;
  • lightweight gloves;
  • thermal underwear (2 pieces of different degrees of warmth, so that you can choose the best option for each type of application);
  • the liner in the sleeping bag;
  • fleece (2 pcs. of different degrees of warmth);
  • underwear, T-shirts, socks (required quantity);
  • a camping towel;
  • bathing accessories (in case you want to get into the water);
  • sleeping bag (+5°With comfort). If there are not enough clothes for your head, stock up on a pillow (an airplane inflatable horseshoe pillow will do);
  • hermetic bag of the DRYBAG type (waterproof bag for all things);
  • a headlamp with spare batteries;
  • the hob (the seat);
  • a lightweight trekking backpack (if you are not a photographer) to pack the necessary small things (a bottle of water, a thermos, insulated clothes, etc.).

For photographic equipment:

  • waterproof backpack or hermetic bag for photographic equipment;
  • a lightweight DRYBAG for the boat, so as not to put the camera in the backpack every time during sea crossings.

Other:

  • personal first aid kit (required), hygiene kit, cosmetic bag, toothbrush, wet wipes, etc.;
  • a knife or a multitool.
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Dates and Prices

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