Tigers by the Sea
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  • To visit the most distant, beautiful, clear and wild corner of Russia;
  • To see the King of Russian taiga Amur tiger;
  • Unique travel experience without crowds of tourists;
  • To swim in the purest Sea of Japan;
  • To visit places of Force and accumulate life energy;
  • To see rare animals in their natural habitat;
  • No extra charges on the route;
  • Delicious organic Russian food;
  • Business-class transport;
  • Experienced guides;
  • Small groups (6 tourists maximum);
  • To make a contribution to our wildlife preservation.
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Places: Far-Eastern Marine Reserve, Leopard Land National Park, Kedrovaya Pad' Reserve, Lazovsky Reserve and Zov Tigra National Park, Vladivostok city, Primorsky krai, Russia
Group size: 2-6 persons
Recommended period for travelling: May - October
Accommodation: 4* Azimut hotel in Vladivostok (on your last night), village cottage (shared rooms), beach houses (shared accommodation), guest house in the reserve, forest cabin.
from USD 3200 per person (4-6 PAX)*
1-3 PAX – on request.
* If you travel alone, you are welcome to join one of our groups. Contact us at info@bohaitour.com to get more info and available dates.
You'll visit 4 nature reserves for outstanding impressions:

  • the King of Taiga Amur tiger lives together with Amur leopard the world's rarest big cat;
  • sea bays and pristine beaches of Ussuri Taiga;
  • go fishing to the wild rivers;
  • visit mystique places;
  • eat delicious Far-Eastern cuisine and enjoy the wilds.
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Day 1. Gamova Cape.
We meet you at the Vladivostok airport or at the hotel where you stayed earlier on your own. We recommend to arrive to our city 2-3 days before the start in order to cope with jetlag (we're in the Sydney time zone) and look around.
Transfer to the Far Eastern Marine Reserve, the only marine reserve in Russia. 6 hours on the road. Lunch on the road. Free time to relax after the trip and breathe in the power of the Sea of Japan.
Astafieva Bay and the Gamov Peninsula are the hallmark of the Primorsky Territory. The sea water is azure in color, the rarest Korean pine trees grow here above the water, and the bays are incredibly beautiful.
Accommodation in glampings without a single soul around in the habitat of the Far Eastern leopard overlooking the Sea of Japan. Dinner in the glamping camp.
Day 2. Far Eastern Marine Reserve. Vityaz' Bay.
After breakfast, you will stop by a deer farm on several hectares of the Gamov Peninsula, which was created specifically to attract wild Amur leopards and Amur tigers to re-breed in their historical territory. Wild cats come here to hunt deer, bring their kittens, breed and occupy their territory, thereby the Leopard Land National Park increases their habitat. This deer park is in no way similar to a zoo or a safari park; entire herds of deer run and feed on a gigantic territory; they do not allow humans near them.

Next we will go to the incredible beauty of Nerpichya Bay, Telyakovsky Bay, and soak up the sun while listening to the sound of the waves. Afterwards we will visit a scallop farm in Vityaz Bay and see how you can set up a sea garden without disturbing marine diversity through indiscriminate fishing. Let's try fresh scallop with lemon and soy sauce - our local must-try.
We will have dinner at one of the coastal cafes of Vityaz Bay and return to glamping for the night.

Day 3. Leopard Land.
After breakfast we will go to the visitor center of the Leopard Land National Park. This is the most popular national park in Primorye, the habitat of the rarest big cat on the planet - the Amur leopard; there are only about 130 of them left in the wild. 2 hours drive. Trekking along the Leopard Path route, getting to know our mix of tropical and northern flora and fauna. We will visit the museum of the reserve and watch a film about big cats.

In winter, photographers from all over the world come here to photograph the rarest cats on the planet, the Amur leopard and the Amur tiger, in the snow in their natural habitat.

Next we will go towards the Lazovsky Nature Reserve, to our secret game reserve, spread over thousands of hectares between the Zov Tigra National Park and the Lazovsky Reserve and serving as a corridor for the passage of Amur tigers. Transfer time is 6 hours, we will have lunch on the way.

We'll spend the night in a cozy wooden house with all the amenities, and if we have enough strength from the road, we'll go on a night safari in search of rare owls, flying squirrels, deer, bears and, if we're lucky, the king of the taiga - the Amur tiger. Delicious dinner of taiga products and traditional Russian banya.

Day 4. Lazovsky Reserve. Zarya & Proselochnaya bays.
Breakfast. Transfer to the most beautiful bays of the Primorsky Territory: Zarya bay and Proselochnaya bay (2 hours on the way). Here you can see fresh tracks of a tiger and, who knows, perhaps the tiger itself. The incredible rock formations on the shore will take your breath away. Lunch on the road. Trekking with a reserve inspector. Lake Zarya. Walk along the bays and viewpoints. If the weather permits, we will soak up the sun and swim in the protected sea backwaters. Return to the game reserve (2 hours). Dinner.

Zarya and Proselochnaya bays are famous for their water of indescribable color and stone remains on the seashore, associated with various legends about the disappeared Atlantean civilization that previously existed in the Primorsky Territory. There are also no recreation centers or houses here, since these bays are part of the reserve; tourists cannot be here without an inspector, thereby preserving the pristine nature of these places. In addition to tiger tracks, our tourists saw here from the shore the Pacific beaked whale and lot of spotted seals.
Day 5. Zov Tigra National Park & Milogradovka river.
Breakfast. Departure to Zov Tigra National Park (2 hours before the first stop) by prepared jeeps. Today, about 15 Amur tigers live in the park. Rest near the Milogradovka River, the most beautiful river in Primorye, watching the salmon run.
You will spend this day in the very heart of the taiga, where there are no villages in the area, and among the permanent residents there are only two reserve inspectors.

The Milogradovka River is stunning with its blue and pink canyons. You will breathe in the forest air, disconnect from communication, and experience taiga zen. The places here are incredibly beautiful, there are no hotels or recreation centers, only modest huts of rangers in the best traditions of the pioneers from Arsenyev's books. Tiger tracks are everywhere here, and there is also the opportunity to see a Himalayan bear. Herds of wild deer will cross your path. Trekking along the Milogradovka River, canyons, waterfalls, swimming in the river. Hiking picnic by the river. You can swim in it, jump into the canyon, laze on the rocks, looking at the fancy seaside clouds. Movement through the taiga by car with checking camera traps (in spring), tracks and the opportunity to see tigers and other animals of the Ussuri taiga. The reserve's ranger will be with us all the time, he knows everything about tigers, having been working with them for more than 20 years. Last time on this day we saw a huge male tiger who was hunting deer near the river, as well as fresh morning tracks of a tigress with two kittens 50 meters from the winter quarters.

Going back to the game reserve. Dinner.
Day 6. Petrova Bay.
Breakfast. Transfer to Petrov Bay. This is one of the most beautiful, wild and high energy bays of the Primorsky Territory. There are incredible sunsets, snow-white sand, crystal clear sea water and deer that sometimes run out to the beach. On the way to this bay, in the last 10 kilometers, tourists sitting in cars often meet tigers. Here is the largest concentration of deer in the Lazovsky region, so the tigers feel well-fed and safe here. In winter, tiger tracks are often seen on Petrov Bay, but in the summer, when the flow of tourists increases, they go into the forest and to neighboring bays.

Petrov Island itself has an incredible history of ancient civilizations, as well as Asian pirates who fought the local aborigines in the 6th to 10th centuries AD. But you will go to it another day.
You will spend the night in very comfortable houses of the reserve, which were built with the support of WWF. Inside each house there is a kitchen, a living room, a TV, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, a sofa, a shower room with a toilet, and 2 bedrooms. And all this is complemented by panoramic windows with magnificent views of sunsets, sunrises, the beach and Petrov Island.
Day 7. Peschanaya Bay. Petrova Island.
Breakfast. Around lunchtime we will go to the mystical Petrov Island, absolutely stunning and wildly mystical. Ancient yew trees grow there, which it is unclear where they came from, there are sacred springs of an ancient civilization, and there you also seem to experience a feeling of another time continuum. They say that everyone who makes an intangible wish there will have it come true within a year (ours came true in 8 months). Here you can climb onto a storm-tossed North Korean fishing schooner. Next, a boat ride around the island to see bird colonies, seals and incredible rock formations, as if faces and figures were carved from the rock. Return to the beach house.

Dinner. Trekking to Peschanaya Bay, a favorite habitat of a family of Amur tigers and a herd of deer. Along the way you will also be able to see the remains of settlements of the Jurchens, the ancient inhabitants of our region. Free time on the beach. In the evening, a sauna with swimming in the sea and dinner with seafood delicacies.
The famous National Geographic footage of an Amur tiger hunting deer chewing seaweed on the seashore was filmed at Peschanaya Bay.
One day a group of journalists camped there and in the morning, when they opened the tent, the first thing they saw was the curious nose of a tiger. It is also interesting that on this bay there is an unspoken pact between the reserve workers and the tigers: tigers walk in their half of the bay, people walk in theirs.

Dinner. Overnight at a beach house.
Day 8. Petrova Bay.
Breakfast. Today we will spend the whole day on the beach swimming, sunbathing and enjoying our favorite reserve's bay. Lunch and dinner at a cafe on the beach. Banya by the sea. Overnight at a beach house.

Day 9. Going back to Vladivostok.
Breakfast with the sound of the surf. Transfer to Vladivostok (7 hours). Lunch at a cafe along the way. Accommodation in the Azimut 4* hotel. Tour of the main attractions of the port city. Dinner at the Georgian restaurant Supra with a touch of Primorye, it is unlikely that you have eaten khinkali with scallop and khachapuri with crab somewhere else in the world, and Supra itself is recognized as the best Georgian restaurant in Russia. In Azimut you will have a superior room with a view on the Amur Bay.

Day 10. Back home.
Breakfast in the hotel. Airport transfer. If there is time before departure in the morning, or you are staying further in Vladivostok, we will provide you a city tour to the most interesting places, such as the Golden Bridge, the lighthouse on the Egersheld, the Submarine, the Tsesarevich Embankment, Russky Island, the Square of the Fighters for Soviet Power, Korabelnaya Embankment, oceanarium. Vladivostok is a very beautiful city, drowning in fog and port romance. If time permits, we will take you to a Korean restaurant for lunch, the most popular food among the local population.
Me and three friends spent 8 nights and 9 days with Vitaly and Olga across three big cat reserves and two beautiful beach houses. It was an incredible experience and by the time it ended I felt like they had become family.

Olga is very professional and attentive to detail. She has a great sense of humor as does Vitali. Everything was taken care of. We didn't have to lift a finger from start to finish. Olga personalized an itinerary that fit our needs specifically. We were not professional photographers but rather hikers and nature enthusiasts.

We were picked up in two Land Cruisers in Vladivostok, carted around the Krai, cooked for and taken care of every step of the way. The only problem I had with the tour was it ending. I wanted to take our guides with us on to Kamchatka.

One of our four clearly saw a tiger at Lazovsky Park in a meadow stalking deer. The rest of us were very satisfied with their pug marks, fresh prints only 30 meters aways from where we had been standing the night before, numerous hits on our camera traps, scat and tree markings. The feeling one gets being on foot in those forests with apex predators like tigers is nearly impossible to describe and very difficult to replace. Most similar safaris I have done in India and Africa have you in a jeep. Bohai has you on the ground. The rangers they use are also excellent and clearly committed to protecting these rare animals and the forests that support them.

We saw red fox, spotted seals, chipmunks, black squirrels, beautiful birdlife and more sitka deer than you would even try to count. The food was gourmet from wild game to fresh fish and Kamchatka crab. The scenery was breathtaking every step of the way and the banyas added a perfect finish to the day.

We felt that the trip was a great value and it is something I will always look back on favorably. Honestly, we were all thrilled and I am already trying to figure out how to return this winter.

I highly recommend Olga, Vitaly, and the Bohai tour.
Frank Cafarella, USA
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