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.
Cost: 175 000 rubles (all program),
135 000 rubles (sailing program),
52 000 rubles (off-road and hiking activities).
Research area: the Shipunskiy Peninsula – the Russkaya Bay.
Group: 8 people
Arrival to Kamchatka. Program coordinators meet the group at the airport (Elizovo town, 25 km from the capital city – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy). Do you know where Russia begins? We do and we will take you to the namesake monument not far from the airport. Then we will take you to one of the observation spots to see the beautiful view of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy that stretches out for many kilometers along the Avacha Bay. Then we go shopping to get ready for the cruise* and check in the guesthouse / host-hotel. In the evening travelers meet the guides, fill in the documents and discuss the program. Dinner. Overnight stay in the guesthouse / host-hotel**.
*Alcohol beverages and different snacks to your personal taste are not included into the total cost of the program.
**Optionally - in the evening the group might go to the hot springs resort (not included into the total cost).
Early in the morning we go to the Sea Port in the city center, embark the catamaran and meet the crew. After the briefing we leave the port and head off to the open waters. All meals are aboard. Night rest in the cabins.
Our itinerary goes along the south-eastern coast of the peninsula. We are going to visit the following bays: Bechevinskaya, Morzhovaya, Zheleznaya, Russkaya. 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.
Favorable weather conditions determine our direction and movements as well as biologists’ maps about killer whales and whales treks. All meals are aboard. Night in the cabins.
Final day of the voyage. Arrival to the Petropavlovskiy Port not later than 7 pm. Transfer to the guesthouse / host-hotel. Dinner. Overnight rest.
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 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. Dinner. Overnight stay in the guesthouse / host-hotel.
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. Dinner. Overnight stay in the guesthouse / host-hotel.
Breakfast. A free day. Any activities are possible. Dinner. Overnight stay in the guesthouse / host-hotel.
Breakfast. 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 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);
Processing of documents necessary for migratory services and Federal Security Service in Russia;
Off-road trips to the volcanoes Mutnovskiy, Avachinskiy / Vachkazhets.
Not included in the total cost:
Plane tickets to Kamchatka;
Lunches in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Extra activities on free days;
Extra transfers not included into the general program;
Expenses caused by bad weather conditions, personal and general equipment damage, illnesses and traumas or other force-majeures.