Special features: The most popular safari

A classic safari, giving one the opportunity to dive a lot of dive sites. More dives every day (because it is summer time!), more time to relax on the shore and aboard. 

Dates & Price


Season - June' 1 - September' 30 
Route - Listvyanka - Bolshie Koty - Birhin, East Olkhon (optional - Maloe More)

Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights 

Dates for 2022: _________

7 days / 183 200 rub.*
Available on request: twinset, side mount, nitrox, trimix.

Other diving - safari
Book for other dates  tanya@baikaldiving.ru

Service: accommodation in a double cabin, meals - FB, tea, coffee - no limits, complimentary drinks, diving - (15-liter steel tanks, 12-liter tanks are available on request), weights, briefings, trekkings, landing.

Additional: transfer "Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Irkutsk", fees of the national park for visiting the Ushkany Islands or other protected areas, equipment rental, baths (sauna) on the shore, dinner and a hotel in Irkutsk on the last day of the safari, tips, and other personal expenses.


Route length: 600 km ( "Maloe More" route - 700 km)
Moments*: Great Baikal Trail trekking,  stilted trees in the Peschanaya Bay, petroglyphs, islands and landscapes of the Small Sea, Olkhon Island from the Eastern side, swimming over the deepest point of Lake Baikal (1641 m), acquaintance with the Circum-Baikal Railway, old tunnels.

*On request, a circular route around Olkhon is possible - visiting sacred places, islands of the Maloe More, reserved capes and lakes of the mainland, diving in the Olkhonskiye Vorota Strait. Diving sites and landings are not fixed, depending on weather conditions and general wishes of the participants of diving-safaris.

Day 1. Transfer "Irkutsk - Listvyanka" (70 km, 1-1.5 hours). Check-in is available from 9.00 a..m. Breakfast. General briefing. Filling diving forms, checking certificates. Leaving the port - no later than 12.00. Start diving-safari. In during the day - 2 dives, 3rd dive - night (optional).  Landing, trekking.
Day 2 - Day 6. In during the day - 2-3 dives, 4rd dive - night (optional).
Every day - landing, trekking. Also, in during safari - ship sauna. 
Day 7. In during the day - 2 dives, landing, trekking. 
Finish diving-safari (arrival to Listvyanka) ~ 17.00.

The schedule (time and sequence) of diving and landing is not fixed. It will be determined by the dive guide based on the weather conditions and the wishes of the group. The actual schedule for the next day is announced the day before, during dinner.

Diving conditions

Water temperature +3+6°С - June, +10+18°С (upper layer in July - August, below the thermocline - +4+6°С), +8+12°С (September). Deep of thermocline - from 10 m to 60 m. 
Visibility - 10 - 30 m
Current - unlikely in June - July, high probability in August - September.  Upwelling is a characteristic phenomenon for Baikal. A large mass of warm water, heating up, rushes down. Cold, deep water - goes to meet. The currents are both horizontal "along the wall" and descending-ascending. It starts suddenly, and just as suddenly ends. You can start the dive "in perfectly calm water" and finish "barely holding onto the bottom with your hands. It is IMPOSSIBLE to predict and determine the direction of the current in advance. 

Diving - 3-4 dives / day

Air temperature: +10°С / +30°С  (May-June), +15°С / +25°С (July - September).  Recommended clothing - T-shirt + fleece jacket + wind-waterproof jacket for protection from rain. And also a swimsuit for calm days.
Wind and storm* -  June and July - quietly months. August-September - strong winds and storms are possible
*Do not follow each other. A large wave (up to 3 meters) is possible with a complete absence of wind and a strong wind (100-120 km / h) with a small wave. A sudden start and an equally sudden end is a feature of the Baikal winds. The situation changes in a few minutes. At the beginning of the dive - complete calm, after 30 minutes - the ship is hardly kept at anchor. This requires good physical shape and self-support from each diver. Sometimes entering and exiting the water is done in difficult storm conditions.

Recommended equipment - dry suit, dry gloves, 2 regulators (for extremly cold water, mark 0-4°C), 3 layers undergarment: thermal underwear, special diving underwear maximum den (Arctic 4 Element, Body Tec2 Waterproof or similar) + undersuit max den (BZ400 Santi, Wezzle Extreme or similar), 2 pairs of wool socks. 

Recommended сertification Level - Dry Suit Diver + AOWD
For diving during a safari - the certificate of the diver is MANDATORY! If you do not have a certificate, diving is NOT possible.

All dives -  from the ship, without the use a speed boats. Entry into the water is done from a dive deck. Return to the ship - by the ladder.

Diving from the anchor. Diving is done on the route "from the ship, returning to the ship." During the dive, the ship is anchored at the dive site. The distance from the anchorage to the start of the dive site is 10 - 70 meters.

Drift - diving. It is done in places where anchorage is not possible. For safety, the dive boat cannot come close to the dive site to drop on and pick up the group.From the ship to the start of the dive site it is necessary to swim on the surface of 10 - 100 m (also return to the ship). This type of diving requires a lot of concentration from the group and can only be organized for very experienced divers.

Briefings. Before each dive, information about the dive site, recommended route and depth will be provided. Some dive sites have pictures. Read more about Baikal dive sites here.

Recommended dive time - not less than 40-50 minutes. Baikal - it is LANDSCAPE diving.  Great walls, rifts, terraces and canyons that go into the abyss. It starts from 3 meter and goes up to 170+m. If you see a wall from 3 m to 30 m, then we call it a "small step". Perhaps the only place in the world where you will find so many panoramic views. 

Dive guides*. Baikal dive sites have very simple navigation. In our safaris, we give divers a lot of freedom. Depth is limited to diving certification. Dive time is UNLIMITED. Based on many years of experience - we do NOT guiding. On some dive sites, it may be suggested to follow our instructor, for passing on a particularly difficult route..

*Our instructors always dive during a diving safari. They explore new "corners" of the dive site, new depths, clean the bottom from trash and fishnet. If your goals and level of training is suitable for a dive you can always join him.