Research and Adventure cruise
“Secrets of the Avachinskiy gulf”
The first and foremost aim of our Research and Adventure cruise is to explore the fiords of the south-eastern coast of Kamchatka peninsula and to observe the “daily routine” of numerous noisy sea birds and majestic sea mammals such as Northern sea lions, spotted seals, whales, orcas, etc. It is a chance to acquire a unique experience of getting to know the Nature and to see what Kamchatka is.
We are going to visit the following bays: Russkaya, Vilyuchinskaya, Bechevinskaya, Zheleznaya, Morzhovaya.
Total distance: about 150 km
Group: 15 people
Arrival to Kamchatka. Program coordinators meet the group at the airport (Elizovo town). Do you know where Russia begins? We do and we will take you to the namesake monument not far from the airport. Then without wasting time we go to the Khalatyrka beach to taste the freshest air of the mighty Pacific ocean* and have lunch. The endless beach is famous for its black sand that has a volcanic origin and is found only in some places on our planet – Spain, New Zealand, Iceland, Hawaii and Kamchatka! The ride to the beach is about 1.5 h (45 km). After we go shopping to get ready for the cruise** and embark the catamaran at 8 pm. Travelers meet the crew, fill in the documents and discuss the program. Dinner. Overnight stay on board in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy port.
*If the weather is not welcome for visiting the Khalaktyrka beach, we will relax in the thermal bathes and have lunch in the guesthouse in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
**Alcohol beverages and different snacks are not included into the total cost of the program.
Early departure at 7 am and start of the voyage.
Each day is busy and eventful. You will see the beautiful deeply indented coastline of the peninsula with steep rocks and breath-taking landscapes. No matter what bay we enter, it will be different from the previous one. You will get amazed with the wildlife that surrounds you once you give it a chance and open your eyes and your heart. Each bay is remarkable and promise wonderful encounters with sea lions, sea otters and, if we are lucky, with whales and killer whales. We possess sea kayaks and sup boards to make these meetings even more unforgettable! There are also fishing rods for those who want to try their luck in local fishing.
Final day of the voyage. Arrival to the Petropavlovskiy port not later than 7 pm. Transfer to the guest house. Dinner. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
An extra day in case of bad weather or a chill-out day in the city. Optionally we can offer you the following activities:
A 6-hour helicopter trip to the Valley of Geysers;
A 6-hour helicopter trip to the Kuril lake;
A rafting trip;
A kayaking trip;
A ride to the Khalatyrka beach;
An off-road trip to one of the home volcanoes.
A daily off-road trip to the active volcano Mutnovskiy (4-5 hours; 75 km southwards). We will get into the volcano’s crater to see what it is capable of: there are hot mud pots, fumaroles, sulphur patches inside. On the average the climb lasts for 4-5 hours, the absolute height is 2323m. After the excursion and lunch we will return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
A daily off-road trip to the active Avachinskiy volcano (1,5 hour; 25 km northwards) or to the ancient volcanic massif Vachkazhets (2-3 hours; 80 km in the western direction). Depending on the weather, we will visit one of the spots though both of them promise a beautiful scenery, nice hiking and meeting very demanding ground squirrels or fat marmots. On the way back we relax in the healing thermal bathes. Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
A free day. Any activities are possible. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
Final day of the program. Departure from Kamchatka. Transfer to the airport in Elizovo via the fish market and souvenir shops.
Included in the total cost:
Meeting at the airport; all transfers during the program (including transfer to the airport on the final day);
Accommodation (twin / double rooms in the city and 2- and 3-bed cabins on board of the catamaran);
Breakfasts and dinners in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Full board during the voyage;
Freight of the sailing catamaran (crew services including captain, captain’s mate, guides and cook, use of two motor boats, sea kayaks, sup boards, fishing rods);
Off-road trips to the volcanoes Mutnovskiy, Avachinskiy / Vachkazhets.
Not included in the total cost:
Plane tickets to Kamchatka;
Lunches in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Optional program on Days 7, 10;
Expenses caused by bad weather conditions, personal and general equipment damage, illnesses and traumas or other force-majeures.