Travel period: May — September.
Tour type: sea cruise.
Duration: 5 hours.
Group size: 18-20 people.
Starichkov island is located in the southern part of Avacha bay, bounded by the Pacific Ocean. The total area of the island is only about half a km2. It is one-of-a-kind island with a lot of bird colonies where sea birds nest and breed. Such rare species of birds as red-faced cormorant, sooty guillemot and murrelet can be seen here. Starichkov island is named after Murrelet bird. The name of a bird in Russian is «Starik».
Karaulnyi and Chasovoy are two fascinating stacks (a chain of small islands) situated in the bay in the vicinity of Starichkov island. Their names mean “Sentry” and “Guard” accordingly. Large seal rookeries can be occasionally found here on the reefs along the island as well as whales and “domestic” killer whales can be discovered in the coastal waters*.
Boarding the vessel. The cruise commences with exploring the Tikhaya bay, Stanitskiy cape, Three Brothers rocks, Devil’s finger rocks, Zavoyko Island and so on.
During our sea trip you will see so-called “Stone zoo”: three distinctive cliffs in a shape of an elephant, a turtle and a hippo. Besides, there is a rather famous rock called Babushkin Kamen (meaning Grandmother’s stone). It resembles a face of an old woman with a shawl tied around her head.
Visiting Starichkov Island. Observing marine mammals and bird colonies. Fishing. Gear is provided to all participants. You will taste a sea-urchin roe and a crab caught by a diver. Lunch is included. Returning to the port.
Tour price includes:
- Vessel rental;
- Fishing gear;
- Cook and Diver services;
- Accident insurance.
Tour price does not include:
- The rent of diving equipment;
- Alcohol and tobacco.
- english-speaking interpreter;
- transfer to the harbor
Recommended personal equipment:
- Wind and water-proof jacket, warm gloves, hat;
- Camera/video camera;
- Sunblock cream;
- Comfortable footwear;
- Sea-sickness medicine (if needed).
*the presence of particular bird and animal species is dependent on season and weather conditions.
** The sequence of sightseeing is dependent on weather conditions and is subject to change.
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