Though Birchin is a relatively large area, you can find few dive sites here as the site features plain gentle sandy slopes.

The dive sites: Zagan-Zaba, Khoboi-Khushun, Birchin, Ust-Anga, Aya Bay, Aya Cape, Pod Pesheroi (Under the Cave), Orso, Zmejevaja Bay. One of the sites is described below.

Khoboy Khushun

KHOBOY KHUSHUN CAPERecommended depths: 4-25 meters for photographing and filming, 4-40 meters for recreational dives, and up to 100 meters for technical dives. A perfectly nice place for divers with different levels of experience. 

In the northern part of the dive site right from the sandy beach in the shore there begins a steep inclination of stones that gradually turns into a canyon. At the depth of 35 meters the canyon finishes with underwater «towers» on the right and on the left from the canyon - slopes. Further right begins a vertical drop off. The drop off edge is at the depth of 12-18 meters. On the drop off egde there is a huge stone that looks like a turtle from underneath. The lower part of the drop off at the depth of 60 meters turns into a steep inclination. Further south the wall length gets to the depth of 100 meters, after which a steep inclination begins. In the drop off there is a picturesque deep crack and at the depth of 55 meters there is a grotto. There is one more grotto at the depth of 30 meters in a small canyon. 

Хобой Хушун. Фото Ольги КаменскойThe offshore area which is 12-18 meters deep is also very beautiful: huge rocks covered in sponges, nice weeds, lots of small fishes, Lake Baikal shrimps. Usually the shrimps prefer cold water, so when shallow waters become too warm for them, they go away to the depth in search of better conditions. The boarderline between the central and the southern (left) parts of the site is formed by a canyon that begins from the depth of 20 meters and runs to the depth of 60-65 meters. To the left and to the right of the canyon there are almost vertical drop offs. A dive boat is anchored usually to the left from the canyon and the dive begins in this canyon.


ОрсоA place located half-way from Birkhin to Olkhon dive sites.

Recommended depths: one to 15 meters for photographing and recreational dives.

На шельфе Орсо. Фото Дмитрий Кох

A big number of underwater and above-water grottos. Some of the grottos go into the cliffs, while some join to form tunnels. The maximum depth of the grottos is 2.5 meters.  In some grottos with dry parts, you might meet seals living there.

 A sand inclination with stones. On the shelf stones, you can see the sponges growing as deep as 15 meters.