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Cruises visiting Matua Island & all Matua Island cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Matua Island in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at North Pacific Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Matua is an uninhabited volcanic island near the centre of the Kuril Islands, in the Russian Far East. The chain is in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Sarychev Peak in the northwest of the island is one of the most active volcanoes of the Kuril Islands. The central cone is 250 metres wide, is a very steep-walled crater with a jagged rim rising to a height of 1496 m. The central volcano, reminiscent of Japan's Mount Fuji, and black volcanic sand beaches, certainly provide a contrasting setting for the abandoned airbase.

A joint expedition by Russia’s Defense Ministry and Russian Geographical Society to the island of Matua located near the centre of the Kuril Islands chain resulted in a solid success. The first records mentioning the island date back to the early 18th century when it was home to an Ainu settlement. Eventually the Japanese military took an interest in the island and by the beginning of World War II it became a veritable fortress with a vast network of underground communications, docks and an airfield. After Japan surrendered in 1945, the island’s garrison surrendered to the Soviet landing force without firing a shot.

On Matua, it is fascinating to still find an abandoned Russian air base - previously a Japanese Military base during WW11 - with bunkers, half-tracks, an anti-aircraft gun, rotting bacteriological-and-chemical-warfare suits, the occasional helmet, and a mound of ‘cooked’ ammunition lying abandoned and rotting away. Dependent on the weather and conditions, Zodiac cruises give visitors the opportunity to observe the significant bird life, harbour seals and the geological formations. For some reason all attempts to establish cooperation with Japanese historians have so far ended in failure.

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