Polar liveaboard diving trip
Duration: minimum 5 days / 4 nights (it is possible to make the trip longer)
Peculiarities: ice-covered shores, extreme temperatures
Availability: November, 20 - December, 25
Number of dives: 2 dives a day
Main Areas: Circum-Baikal Railway, Bolshiye Koty, East Olkhon
Extreme vs comfort. For those who value severe beauty. Floating chunks of ice, possible icing of the boat. The air temperature can drop as low as -30 Celsius. If you opt for a 6 days safari, we are very likely to see lots of ice in the Strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota (Olkhon Gates). All these features make you feel as if you are on a polar safari. The water temperature is still warmer than in June, about +4+2 Celsius. As a rule, perfect visibility (40-50 m). The boat is equipped to create comfortable conditions for diving - warm room to let the equipment get dry, comfortable warm cabins, a sauna. A unique opportunity to jump into the winter waters of the Baikal right after a hot sauna (without your scuba, naturally :-)).
(Vitia Liagushkin. Magazine "DIVETEK" №4 2007)
I was like everyone else,
Drank and worked in fields.
I have read Dao De Jing
And have understood: “I got caught!”
I have burned my penthouse,
I have checked the vines
And I got out to dance
In the fog over Yatszy.
(Artem Melamed. Magazine "Neptune")
People are followed by things to do,
People follow the money,
They try to escape shame and sadness.
And I follow, follow the fog,
The dreams and the smell of taiga.
Saloon of ship “Valeriya” is swaying quietly on the Baikal’s waves; the thoughts start moving quicker through the head hurried by the sound of the motor, and outside the illuminator there is only indescribable beauty. A thoughtful young man is sitting with his laptop, trying to lure in the muse and get some inspiration from her. This is probably the best time to start a ship journal about our adventures. So, get comfortable, pour yourself some tea, take a cookie, and listen.