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Kamchatka, and the Commander and Kuril Islands Birdwatching Tour

Kamchatka, the Commander and Kuril Islands Birdwatching Tour
When: Tue 30 May - Sun 11 June 2017
Leader: Chris Doughty
Kamchatka, the Commander and Kuril Islands Birdwatching Tour
Cost of berths range from triple cabin US$7,300
Twin cabin $8,500, with private bathroom US$9,200
Cruise package Kamchatka to Sakhalin (13 Days)
T his expedition-cruise offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit one of the most remote and spectacular places on earth; enjoying close encounters with seldom-seen animal and bird life, both at sea and on shore, whilst enjoying the comfort and safety of our expedition cruise ship, the 'Spirit of Enderby'. Few destinations can offer such an awe-inspiring combination of wildlife and breathtaking scenery as the Russian Far East. On this exciting expedition-cruise we will explore three distinct and unique geographical regions: the Kamchatka Peninsula, a land of stunning bays, and snow-capped volcanoes, whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife; the Commander Islands, the western extremity of the Aleutian chain of islands, and the Kuril Islands, which stretch between Russia and Japan, made up of 32 volcanoes, that rise abruptly from the sea floor. During the 'Cold War', Russia's formidable Pacific Fleet was based in this region, which resulted in the area being 'closed' to the outside world. It is only now, two decades since Perestroika, that travel restrictions to this area have been lifted. This spectacular region is one of the few untouched wilderness areas left in the world today. It is a dramatic land of towering snow-capped volcanoes, vast stretches of boreal forest, pristine tundra, uninhabited islands and oceans literally teeming with wildlife. During the brief Arctic summer, this vast area is transformed into a land of perpetual daylight. Towering sea cliffs, magnificently sculpted by wind and sea, are crowded with hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds and auks. This is one of the richest areas in the world for seabirds and cetaceans, both in terms of the number of species, which can be seen, and their sheer abundance. For many birders, the undoubted highlight of the cruise, will be the many species of auks, that breed in the region; during the voyage, it is possible to see up to fourteen species, including such dazzling species as Tufted and Horned Puffins, Parakeet, Whiskered and Rhinoceros Auklets and Spectacled and Pigeon Guillemots. Just some of the many other species of birds we can expect to encounter while at sea, include Laysan Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Mottled Petrel, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red-faced Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake and Aleutian Tern. We can look forward to observations of the immensely powerful and impressive Steller's Sea-Eagle, multiple sightings of family parties of Brown Bears, and close encounters with everyone's favourite, the adorable Sea Otter. For those keen on cetaceans, we can reasonably expect to see, Blue, Sperm, Humpback, Fin and Northern Minke Whales, and we are likely to enjoy some spectacular views of these magnificent creatures breaching close to the ship. We can also expect to observe the world's top oceanic predator, the Killer Whale.

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