Billions of dollars in oil and gas investments have brought development and tourism to Sakhalin, an island that once just a penal colony during tsarist times. Major oil companies such as ExxonMobil and Shell maintain a presence there. Good food and hotels catering to foreigners are available. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has only about 200,000 residents, but boasts 52 hotels, countless banks and shopping malls, as well as local and foreign businesses.
As an adventure travel destination, Sakhalin island has plenty of beautiful natural scenery to offer. Recreational opportunities such as hiking, diving, rafting, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing abound.
Housed in a former Japanese administration building, the Sakhalin Regional Museum offers a good collection of natural and historic artifacts from different parts of Sakhalin Island and the Kurils. The Anton Chekhov Literary and Art Museum, features items from the everyday life of the master of the modern short story and his family. The Railway Museum features an open-air exhibition of old locomotives and railway trucks, including Japanese machinery operated on Sakhalin. The Sakhalin Regional Art Museum features exhibitions on Russian and Japanese heritage.
The Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference is the largest and longest-established international conference devoted to the oil and gas sector in Russia’s Far East.
Useful Links & Resources:
- Alaska – Russian Far East Flights: Direct, non-stop air service between Alaska and Kamchatka.
- Everything You Need to Know About Russian Visas.
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