Recommended depths: three to 35 meters for photographing and filming, 6-40 meters for recreational dives, and up to 65 meters for deep and trimix dives.
Shore diving as well as diving from a boat. When on Lake Baikal safari we usually dive in Listvyanka if the winds are too strong to allow us see the Circum-Baikal or Bol’shiye Koty dive sites. All safari boats usually arrange diving in Krestovka, when they get to Listvyanka, because there is no other place in the Baikal that can be compared to it. Not because it is the best in the world. The best place is up to each diver’s personal liking. This place is special thanks to a huge number of natural and man-made views.
A boat in anchored in the offshore area to the north of Pad’ Krestovka (Valley Krestovka), shallow waters are 4-6 meters deep.
There is a ruined pier in the offshore area, it used to belong to a local gold mines owner. The pier is right on the egde of a big canyon - almost an amphitheater. The pier length is almost 200 meters. Inside the big canyon, in its northern part there are two smaller canyons, in one of which we can see the remnants of the wooden constructions of the pier. There are big pike-perches living here. In the second canyon we made a wooden construction which serves as a practice tool when mastering Search and Recovery Specialty Course. At the depths of 14 and 27 meters there are grottos. At the depth of 45 meters there is a plate in memory of a diver who died here, a similar plate is mounted on a stone enbankment on the shore. At the depth of 65 meters the canyon turns into a stone-and-sand inclination.
In the shallow waters of the offshore area there are many interesting metallic and wooden things of unindentified utility. There are ship parts. On the edge of the offshore area there are two anchores, left here by our diver students after Search and Recovery Specialty Course. Between the shoreline and the ruined pier at the depth of 3 meters there used to be an old cannon, which most probably used to be located on the pier and served as a signal tool to inform about the arrival of the transport with gold from Bol’shiye Koty. Unfortunately, the cannon is not there anymore - it was stolen.