On a Trans-Siberian tour there’s a great option to add a 2-dive side trip to Lake Baikal.
Lake Baikal is near Irkutsk in Russia, to the north of Mongolia, and was founded by the Russians as a major fort in 1651. This is the world’s deepest lake, at 1.6km, so you don’t want to drop your weight belt. Known as the “Pearl of Siberia’ it is a globally significant piece of water, measuring 600 km long and 80 km wide, and contains 20% of the planet’s fresh water. From December to April the lake freezes over with ice thick enough to drive a car on. So, the diving is only available during the northen summer.
This trip is an add-on to an On The Go Trans-Siberian tour.
All dive gear and meals are provided but you’ll need a PADI dive certificate. The 2 day trip is $NZ619
Posted by Sue Farley – NZ Travel Brokers-Nelson – www.travelgallery.co.nz