The mountainous Zavyalov Island is found south of Magadan in the Taui Bay some 20 km west of the Kony Peninsula. The almost 40,000 hectares are to a great extend covered by almost untouched forest, but recently the island has been selected as a possible site for eco-tourism.
Although the bay tends to have ice from October to June, the sea around Zavyalov Island was coveted as a whaling ground for grey and bowhead whales in the mid-19th century, so much so that American whalers gave Zavyalov the name of Bowhead Island. The Steller sea lions breeding on its shores have been studied by Russian scientists and NOOA. Brown bears can sometimes be seen next to the streams or in between the dwarf birch and dwarf pines that cover much of the island and it will be interesting to see how the bears will interact with the small groups of musk oxen, reindeer and snow sheep that are intended to be brought onto the island.
Small pods of orcas patrol the sea and occasionally humpback whales are seen. The impressive Steller Sea Eagles are known from the island as well.