Sakhalin is the true end of the world, a place dominated by the powerful Pacific Ocean, breaking powerful waves against coastal cliffs. The incredibly picturesque and distant island attracts adventurers who are not afraid of difficulties and lack of civilization, but who appreciate the beauty of wildlife and solitude.
Sakhalin is an island which impresses with its nature. Therefore, nobody should miss the charms of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan, the beauty of landscapes and sunsets, the places of power, the unusual world of fauna and of course marine life, such as sea lions on the rocks in Nevelsk.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city tour
Walking tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk including the visiting of Local Lore Museum. The Museum was designed in Japanese architectural stile as an evidence of the impact of this culture on the lifestyle of the island inhabitants. The museum exhibition features a rare collection of Sakhalin Aboriginal culture objects, paleontological collections, original documents, photographs and objects that reflect the complex history of the Sakhalin island and the Kuril Islands in the 19th-20th centuries. After acquaintance with the history, it is the best to get an unforgettable experience on a cable car to the skiing resort “Mountain Air”, There is an observation deck that offers a spectacular view of the city.
Novikovo village and the Aniva Lighthouse
The Aniva Lighthouse is one of the most inaccessible lighthouses in Russia. It saved ships from death on rocky shores for almost 80 years. Strong currents and constant fog surround the lighthouse. The road to the Aniva lighthouse runs along the Aniva Bay in a motor boat, where everyone will enjoy the beauty of the magnificent mountains, the sea air and waterfalls falling down, and with luck, dolphins, killer whales and seals, until it appears on the horizon – a ghost lighthouse looking out from for the fog. After getting off to the shore at Marble Cape, the excursion returns to Novikovo village, where lunch will be held on the sea shore with fresh seafood including crabs. Upon returning to the city, there is an opportunity to take a quick look at the Blue Lake. Once these were coal mines which were then filled with water. Due to the high content of various chemicals, the lakes have acquired a wonderful turquoise color.
The Velikan Cape and the Ptichiy Cape
The excursion to the Velikan (Giant) Cape and the Ptichiy (Birds’) Cape is a trip to the unforgettable unique natural monuments. These capes are known not only by their unusual names. The nature created the whole natural assembly out of these two magnificent “brothers”. They are totally worth being seen. It seems like two stone giants protect the emerald-colored taiga and bottomless waters of the Sea of Okhotsk. This place has its unique ambience, that is hard to describe and even photos can not show its true beauty. The flavor of the excursion is catching sea urchins – the main Sakhalin delicacy. People hunt for it during ebb tide. Its caviar is good for health, and the catching process itself is fascinating and enthralling.
An another entertaining adventure is an excursion to Tikhaya (Quiet) Bay. This is a place for taking photos at every turn: the variety of rare plants – marine briar rose, lungwort, spikenard, thermopsis – cover the foot of the bay, and curious sea lions, noisy seagulls, crab market and amber collecting are the most enthralling and beautiful things that even would be. The true beauty of the bay, hidden from waves and winds, give a great pleasure of seeing local attractions, named Сrab Paradise for a reason.
Busse Lake (lagoon) is a natural monument and one of the most unforgettable places on Sakhalin Island, due to the fame of its delicacies. Giant oysters, scallops, sea urchins, trepangs, crabs, trumpeters and many other species of marine life live here in this unique place. During the tour, visitors will have to taste almost the whole variety of Sakhalin seafood that tourists can gather themselves. What could be better than freshly caught oysters for lunch with a glass of sparkling wine! This is one of the most amazing and “delicious” trips.