Set out from the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Head southwest, traversing the calm waters of Avacha Bay, enclosed on all sides by green hills and snowy volcanoes. Venture out into the open ocean. Ride swirling waves to Starichkov Island Nature Reserve and observe seabirds in incredible numbers.
Our journey begins at Srednyaya Lagernaya Bay, the small part of scenic Avacha Bay – one of the word’s biggest bays. From here we start paddling southwest, savouring the unique experience of manoeuvring between the hulls of huge ships anchored in the bay. We traverse through the narrowest part of Avacha Bay, enclosed on all sides by lush green hills and snowy volcanoes. Out here in the vastness of the Pacific, you’ll ride swirling waves like a giant carousel.
After a while, you’ll start to notice the accumulation of rocky debris sticking out of the water, signifying our approach to Starichkov Island Nature Reserve. This incredible wilderness is one of the most spectacular sights of Kamchatka – made up of long white beaches, a labyrinth of
weatherworn rocks and colonies of sea birds in breathtaking numbers. Red faced and pelagic cormorants, Pacific gulls, kittiwakes, Pacific and spectacled guillemots, tufted puffins and
horned puffins are just some of the birds that nest here in the summer.
In the evening, we set up a camp on a white pebbly beach on the island. If we have time in the evening, a trek to the middle Starichkov will take us to a solar-powered lighthouse with jawdropping views of Vilychinsky, Koryak, Avachinsky and Kozelsky volcanoes. The evening
provides atmospheric light for photography, with the sun dropping behind the mountains and the Kamchatka sky transformed into a delicate palette of oranges and pinks.