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Kamchatka Coast: Siberia's Forgotten Coast

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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Join the crew of the Spirit of Enderby on this very special 14-day cruise along the Kamchatka Coast! Siberia’s eastern coastline is undoubtedly one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe. It is home to several groups of indigenous people, including the Itelmen, Koryak, Even, and Chukchi. This is an amazing coastline dominated by the volcanoes of Kamchatka in the south, the fjords of what was formally the Koryak region, and the rich estuarine areas and tundra of Chukotka. It has one of the most diverse assemblages of wildlife and habitats of anywhere of a similar latitude on the globe, and virtually no people or visitors to disturb them. Join researchers in monitoring the populations and distributions of the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpipers, seabirds, and waders.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Day 2 : Zhupanova River
Days 3-4 : Commander Islands
Day 5 : Karaginskiy Island
Day 6 : Verkhoturova Island | Govena Peninsula
Days 7-10 : Koryak | Chukotka Coast
Days 11-12 : Meinypil’gyno
Day 13 : Cape Navarin | Keyngypilgyn Lagoon
Day 14 : Disembark in Port of Anadyr

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

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Russian Far East
  • Anadyr
  • Cape Navarin
  • Chukotka Peninsula
  • Commander Islands
  • Kamchatka
  • Karaginskiy Island
  • Meinypil'gyno
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • Russian Arctic
  • Verkhoturova Island
  • Zhupnova River

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Two Kamchatka brown bears enjoy the view Kamchatka-Bukhta Petra A marvelous zodiac ride along the Kamchatka coast Horned Puffins along the Kamchatka coast Observing wildlife during a zodiac ride along the Kamchatka coast

Day 1 Embark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Arrive into 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 the 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 you should see a good variety of waterfowl and waders. 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, and by following a short trail to the cliff top you should be able to enjoy 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, and you may also see some Steller sea lions, as they are often 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 success has been had here in the past. Good numbers of gray whales often congregate here too. To the north of Cape Navarin is Keyngypilgyn Lagoon. This is 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 Disembark in Port of Anadyr

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

Spirit of Enderby

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$8,000
Cabins aboard the Spirit of Enderby
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Main Deck Triple
One cabin located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, one upper bunk bed, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Main Deck Cabin
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Main deck
Thirteen cabins located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Superior
Four cabins located on the Middle Deck,with one lower and one upper bunk, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superor Plus Cabin.
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Superior Plus
Eight cabins located on the Upper and Middle Decks,with two lower bunk beds, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space. and private bath facilities.
Accommodations aboard the Spirit of Enderby
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Mini Suite
Two cabins located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
One cabin located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, forward- and side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single pull-out bed, desk and table area, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.

Notes

- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Group Charter Flight Option:
Optional group charter flight from Anadyr to Nome, Alaska. Contact us for details. 

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodations and meals
- All expedition shore excursions, excluding kayaking

Cruise fare does not include:
- Government landing fees
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $1,000 Private charter flight from Anadyr to Nome
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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