Getting there & away
This can be tricky. Thick fog wreathes the islands all too regularly. And the airport works on vision only (no radar). To be safe, count on a delay of up to five days or a week getting to or off the islands - this goes for boats too. Five weekly flights connect Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk with Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir (R6000, 1¾ hours). A travel agent may be able to help you go by a ferry from Korsakov (about US$200 return, 24 hours).