Okhotsk & Sakhalin: Sea of Okhotsk

Russian Far East Cruise

  • Spirit of Enderby
  • Research Ship
  • 50 Capacity
  • 12 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Jun 9 Tue
  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Little known outside of Russia and seldom visited by westerners, Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk dominates the Northwest Pacific. Bounded to the north and west by the Russian continent and the Kamchatka Peninsula to the east, with the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin Island guarding the southern border, it is almost landlocked. Its coasts were once home to a number of groups of indigenous people: the Nivkhi, Oroki, Even and Itelmen. Their name for this sea simply translates as something like the ‘Sea of Hunters’ or ‘Hunters Sea’ perhaps a clue to the abundance of wildlife found here. The sea is rich in wildlife and history. The beautifully marked ana rare Ribbon Seals are abundant in the region, hundreds of Steller Sea Lions haul out each year to breed at small islands, the numbers of seabirds are spectacular, and the landscape is breathtaking. For the inquistive, adventurous and open-minded traveler, this expedition is a 'must do.'

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Sakhalin Island, Port of Korsakov

This morning we board a coach for transfer to the Port of Korsakov some 40 minutes south of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk where we will board the Spirit of Enderby. Once on board you will be shown to your cabins and there will be a chance to unpack and explore the vessel. There will be briefings and introductions to the ship, staff and crew after you sail towards the Sea of Okhotsk.

Day 2
Tyuleniy Island

Visit little known Tyuleniy Island off the south east coast of Sakhalin Island. This small island is a strong hold for Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Fur seal numbers have increased since an International Covention signed in 1911 banned seal hunting here. In the 1990s Steller Sea Lions started breeding on the island and their colony now numbers about 2,500 animals. Sea conditions permitting, plan a landing here for an opportunity to photograph the seals and sea lions.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

You can join this expedition either in Anadyr or in Nome, Alaska. Those starting in Nome will fly by a charter flight and join the ship in Anadyr.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on any Heritage Expeditions program, all passengers must purchase full medical and emergency evacuation insurance for the specific areas they will be visiting. The minimum coverage requirement is $100,000 for all Heritage Expeditions programs. The policy provider, policy number and contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; all meals on board the ship; onboard lectures and access to public areas; shore excursions as described; services of expedition team; pre- and post-cruise transfers.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from your home to the port of departure and port of arrival; private charter flight from Nome to Anadyr to Nome; items of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry, and medical supplies; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; gratuities; landing fees; fuel surcharge may apply.