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Scuba Diving in Kharantsy, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Oblast of Irkutsk Russia

Dive type:
Fresh water, ice diving
Current:
None
Visibility:
10-30 m/32.9-98.5 ft
Level:
CMAS ** / AOW
Lake Baikal is a rift lake, situated in the south of the region of Siberia, between the Republic of Buryatiya to the southeast and the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest.

Lake Baikal is a beautiful lake in Siberia, where many extreme sports are taking place. The area is ideal for water sports, especially underwater. Kharantsy is a great place for scuba diving.

Due to the position of the spot, the dives available are ice and fresh water. Ice diving is an incredible way to discover the amazing formations that are shaped by huge ice parts.

The spot is very easy to find from shore and the access is instant. The water is crystal clear, there are no currents and due to the depth of the site the visibility is good. Lake Baikal is the deepest, largest and oldest lake worldwide with an age of 25 million years! The average depth of the dive site is about 5 m/16.4 ft and reaches up to 20 m/65.5 ft.

The general dive site quality is good and the spot offers interesting bio life with many colorful corals, many species of fish and of course amazing formations.

Kharantsy is not an easy dive site and requires previous experience of a level of  CMAS ** / AOW. If you are daring enough and curious to experience ice diving, Kharantsy is the place for you!!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Irkutsk
36.1 miles/59.1 km, 45 minutes
Head east. Take the 2nd right. Turn left.
BY CAR FROM Ulan-Ude
320.1 miles/516 km, 7 hours 10 minutes
Head east on ул. Сухэ-Батора toward ул. Ленина. Take the 1st left onto ул. Коммунистическая. Take the 1st left onto ул. Борсоева. Continue onto ул. Иволгинская. Slight right toward ул. Кабанская. Continue straight onto ул. Кабанская. Slight right onto Байкал/М55. Continue to follow М55. Turn right onto ул. Аргунова. Turn left onto ул. Сергеева. Turn right onto ул. Седова. Continue onto ул. Байкальская. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on ул. Байкальская.
BY AIR
International Airport Irkutsk,
37.6 miles/60.1 km
BY AIR
Irkutsk Northwest Airport,
52.6 miles/84.2 km.
BY TRAIN

Trans Siberian Railways cover a huge area from Moscow to Siberia and China, Mongolia and other places. For fares and schedule check the website.

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