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Kamchatka Coast: Siberia's Forgotten Coast

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
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Observing wildlife during a zodiac ride along the Kamchatka coast
Highlights
  • Travel to one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe
  • Assist in monitoring the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper
  • Enjoy unique hiking, birding, photography, & zodiac cruising opportunities
  • Explore coastline dominated by volcanoes, fjords, estuarine areas, & tundra
  • Learn about indigenous culture, regional history, & explorer Vitus Bering
  • Search for iconic wildlife and birdlife, including brown bears and walrus
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Day 1: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy | Embark

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital and administrative center of the Kamchatka Region, and transfer to the port to board the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 2: Zhupanova River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend this morning Zodiac cruising on the Zhupanova River. The main target here is the Steller’s sea eagle and there are usually some occupied nests close to the river. Good numbers of largha seals are also often hauled out on sandbars in the river and a good variety of waterfowl and waders can be sighted. By late afternoon, the ship should be over deep water heading for the Commander Islands. New species to look for include Laysan albatross, mottled petrel, and the fork-tailed storm petrel. The Kamchatka Trench can also be excellent for cetaceans - previously blue whales have been seen on this crossing.

Day 3-4: Commander Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The wildlife-rich Commander Islands were first discovered by the Commander Vitus Bering when his ship was wrecked here in 1741. Explore the islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises. The first stop is the village of Nikolskoye where there is an interesting museum. Zodiac cruising is often spectacular - hope to encounter red-faced cormorant, red-legged kittiwake, pigeon guillemot, horned puffin, as well as parakeet, crested and whiskered auklets, and sea otters. Plans also include a ship cruise along the southern coast of Bering Island, as this area is excellent for cetaceans with humpback, sperm, northern minke, orcas and Baird’s beaked whales all regularly encountered.

Day 5: Karaginskiy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The proposed landing site is a patchwork of boggy tundra, ponds, and shingle spits where an interesting range of waders can be found including Pacific golden plover, red-necked stint, and red-necked phalarope. Also, hope to see bluethroat and Pallas’ reed bunting.

Day 6: Verkhoturova Island | Govena Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Verkhoturova Island has some huge seabird colonies. By following a short trail to the clifftop, witness some fantastic views of tufted puffins, Brunnich’s guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and black-legged kittiwakes. Both Steller’s eider and harlequin duck occur here too. Som Steller sea lions are often seen as they hauled out on some offshore rocks. Later in the day, there may be either a Zodiac cruise or landing on the Govena Peninsula. Good numbers of brown bears can often be found here.

Day 7-10: Koryak | Chukotka Coast

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
During these days of the expedition, travel along this largely unknown part of the coast. It comprises deep forested fjords where you should see brown bears, red fox, and with luck, mountain sheep and Kamchatka marmots. In the many lagoons and shallow bays, there is a vast array of bird life including tundra bean goose, Steller’s eider, great knot, long-tailed stint, gyrfalcon, Siberian accenter, and Asian rosy finch. This area is also a stronghold of the Kittlitz’s murrelet. Previous expeditions have explored much of this coastline, documenting the distribution and abundance of many species. In 2011, a previously unknown breeding population of spoon-billed sandpiper was recorded. Working alongside researchers from BirdLife International and Birds Russia, who travel with you, plan to revisit many of these areas to monitor changes and search for new breeding colonies. Enjoy unique opportunities for photography, for hiking, and for ‘birding’ in a species-rich country where literally only a few ‘westerners’ have ever been.

Day 11-12: Meinypil’gyno

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Meinypil’gyno, located on a 40 km long shingle spit, is the most important site in the world for breeding spoon-billed sandpiper. Here, about ten pairs are monitored by members of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Taskforce. As guests of the Taskforce, if possible, you may be guided to one of their monitored nests. The area is extremely rich in other wildlife, so you may also find emperor goose, Pacific diver, white-billed diver, and sandhill crane. The lagoon entrance often has largha seal, gray and beluga whales, and a spectacular number of gulls.

Day 13: Cape Navarin | Keyngypilgyn Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This coastline is rich in marine mammals. One creature to look for in particular is the walrus, as there is a known haul out. The animals do regularly move between locations, so finding them is always very much a matter of luck, although there were successes in the past. Good numbers of gray whales often congregate here too. To the north of Cape Navarin is Keyngypilgyn Lagoon - an excellent location for waterfowl and waders including emperor geese, greater white-fronted geese, brant geese, whooper swan, king eiders, red knots, and Aleutian tern.

Day 14: Port of Anadyr | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As the Spirit of Enderby sails it way to Anadyr Bay, there is an excellent chance of seeing more beluga whales. After a final breakfast onboard the Spirit of Enderby, it is time to disembark. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to a downtown hotel and the airport.

Photo Gallery

Travelers photographing the subantarctic landscape. Observing wildlife during a zodiac ride along the Kamchatka coast Kamchatka-Bukhta Petra Two Kamchatka brown bears enjoy the view Horned Puffins along the Kamchatka coast

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Akademik Shokalskiy

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Two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
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One bunk (one upper and one lower berth), writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
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Mini Suite
Separate bedroom with a double bed and a sofa in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Mini Suites have windows.
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Large lounge area, separate bedroom with double bed and a sofa in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Large forward and side facing windows allow great views.
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Main Deck Triple
One bunk (one upper abd ibe lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

Notes

Cruise fare includes:
  • Pre & Post cruise transfers
  • All on board ship accommodations and meals
  • All expedition shore excursions
Cruise fare does not include:
  • Government landing fees
  • All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
  • International/domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
Private Charter Flight Option:
  • Optional private charter flight from Anadyr to Nome $1,000 pp

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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