Peschanaya Bay – the jewel of Siberia

“Frozen lake Baikal”

Discover the real wonder of lake Baikal called Siberian Riviera

Peschanaya (‘Sandy’) Bay is one of the unique natural Baikal areas and the most popular place at Lake Baikal. It’s alternatively called Siberian Riviera thanks to the dunes, shaping the white sandy beach. Taking a hovercraft ride along the western shore of Lake Baikal, you will have the first stop near the Kadilny Cape and then continue your trip to Peschanaya Bay enjoying the beautiful sceneries around.

Upon arrival at the tourist camp, you will have a lunch before you visit Baklaniy Island, known as the biggest nesting colony of the large cormorant (“baklan”) on Baikal, and Babushka Bay. You will admire the pyramid-shaped rocks called Small Belltower and Big Belltower that frame a clean sandy beach like giant guards and sharply plunge into the lake depths, shielding the Bay from the winds and bad weather. You’ll also see one of the other main peculiarities of Peschanaya Bay – «stilt walking trees», magnificent larches and pines growing on the slope of the northern part of Peschanaya Bay from under which water and wind constantly wash off and blow away sandy soil.

One of the highlights of your trip will be a panoramic view upon Peschanaya bay and lake Baikal, all covered with a blanket of snow.

Take a ride back to Listvyanka on the magically clear ice of amazing beauty that will engrave this remarkable trip in your memory forever.

Excursion details

Location: Russia, Irkutsk

Category: Nature

Duration: 8 hours

What’s included:

Hovercraft rent, picnic, English-speaking guide

A local guide and any other fees including any museum entrance fees. Meals and transfers included only where stated


Starts and ends in Listvyanka. If you need a transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the excursion and back, please leave a note in the excursion request. Transfers can be organised for additional cost.

The tour is subjest to weather conditions.

For groups of more than 6 people, price will be provided on application.

Restrictions: Available everyday from 1st February to 30 April.

Physical rating: Easy – Suitable for all

Guides available: English – Other languages are available though there maybe a price variation.