Day 1: Arriving to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky from Moscow or Anchorage. Meeting the guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After the check in and a short briefing you will have time to relax form the flight and to explore the area.
Day 2: After breakfast we drive to the harbor to board the catamaran ‘Bering’.
The vessel is comfortable marine motorized catamaran, built in Australia. She is 12 meters long, 6 meters wide and perfect for staying at sea comfortably and safe. She has three triple and three double cabins and a 250 hp engine. The crew is experienced and works all summer in the area.
When everybody has found her/his cabine for the coming days and all baggage and equipment is stored we will have a briefing about safety about the next days. We will leave the harbor, heading for Starichkov island. Here we will see various birds and watch seals. Afterwards we will visit the Vilyuchinskaya bay and the Green Cape searching for orca whales.
We will have dinner on the ship, enjoying the evening and staying on the ocean for the coming days.
Day 3-5: We will visit scenic coastlines, bays, sounds, islands and cliffs. Seals, sea lions, various sea birds, orcas, minke whales, finn whales, sea otters and other species might cross our way. The schedule will also depend on the weather conditions. But in summer the sea is often calm and the weather sunny.
For spending the night we will visit sheltered bays and fjords and, of course, also do some land excursions (i.e. a hiking trip to Kekurny cape). Photographers and filmers will find a wide range of fantastic motives. We will snorkel with Steller’s sea lions, the largest seals of the Russian far east, and, most likely, also with orca whales.
Day 6: Our last day at the ocean. After breakfast we will head towards the harbor and leave the ship. After arrival we use the late afternoon to pack our baggage and to dry our snorkel gear. We spend our last night on the ship and enjoy dinner at a restaurant.
Day 7: Full-day transfer. In the morning we will get picked up by Night at the guesthouse to get an off-road transfer to the Pauzhetka village along the Okhotsk sea coast. Here we will have dinner and those who want can take a bath in a thermal pool. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 8: Half-day transfer to the Lake. Off-road transfer to the Ozernaya river and crossing the river. From here we have to take a 13 km (8 miles) hike without luggage to the Ozerny cordon of the South Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary (all the belongings will be transferred to our camp by boat). On the way we’ll visit the rocks of Kutkhina Bati. We enter the cordon (bear fence protected) are in the afternoon and build up the tent camp. We can visit the KamchatNIRO scientific station or just watch the bears around the camp site. After dinner we relax and prepare for the coming days
Day 9-10: Bears, bears, bears!
After breakfast we will take a photo tour at the Kuril Lake and get a boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers. We will watch the bears hunting salmon and get as close to the animals as it’s ever going to get, observing them in their natural habitat.
It will be exciting days in one of the most remote and wildest areas of our planet. We will have the opportunity to film and photograph brown bears also in the water / under water.
Day 11: Our last day at the lake watching bears. Boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers. Hiking to the Ozernaya river. Off-road transfer to the Pauzhetka village in the afternoon. Dinner, Bathing in thermal pools and night at the guesthouse.
Day 12: Full day transfer back Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky along the Okhotsk sea coast. Arrival at the hotel in the evening. Dinner and last night in Kamchatka.
Day 13: Transfer to the airport and flight back home.