Komandorsky Island, Russia

Komandorsky Nature is a zapovednik (nature reserve) located on the Commander Islands, Kamchatka Krai, Russia. The land territory includes most of Bering Island, all of Medny Island, as well as thirteen smaller islands and rocks. It was created in 1993 to protect the diverse ecosystems of the Commander Islands and the surrounding marine waters of the Bering Sea and northern Pacific Ocean.

The reserve is marked by a great diversity of animal life. It is a refuge for over a million seabirds, several hundred thousand Northern Fur Seals, several thousand Steller Sea Lions, Common Seals, and Spotted Seals, a healthy population of Sea Otter, some 21 whale species, two rare endemic subspecies of Arctic fox, and many endangered or threatened migratory birds, such as the Whooper Swan, Steller's Eider, and Steller's Sea Eagle. The site is being prepared for inscription to the World Heritage List.

Things to see and do

* Bird watching
* Seals and seal lions
* Whales
* Sea Otter
* Arctic Foxes

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area - 36,648 sq km’s
Population – 800 approx (Nikolskoye)
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours to plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – Transfer to the island is via zodiac.

Travel Links – The Commander Islands are served by weekly flights by small planes from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Nikolskoye, departing and returning to the peninsula on Mondays.

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