Arrival at the Ushkany Islands.Optional visit to a rookery if the weather is fine (payment in cash on spot).
The Ushkany Islands have the status of a natural monument. The archipelago consists of four islands: Big Ushkany Island and the Small Ushkany Islands: Long, Thin and Round. Baikal sealscan be seen in their natural habitat there. Sometimes hundreds of them get together on rocky beaches. That is why the Islands are classified as a protected area of the Zabaikalsky Park and visits are strictly limited. Inspectors of the Park protect the Islands.
The seal is a very timid animal, and therefore while visiting seal rookeries it is necessary to observe some important rules: not to make noise, not to kindle fires, to walk only along specially laid paths. In order not to frighten off seals, when visiting the Ushkany Islands you should not wear bright clothes. The Islands are covered with the ancient taiga- forest of tall pines and larches, bushes of Daursky rhododendron. Unusual sea cabbage blooms early in summer on the steep shores of the islands. The most interesting phenomenon of the Ushkany Islands is massive anthills. Islands anthills are number one in Russia in terms of their quantity. About 20 anthills can be located on a hectare.
Optional visit to the rookery if the weather is fine (payment in cash on spot).
Breakfast on board.
Departure to Zmeinaya Bay, Chivyrkuisky Bay, Zabaikalsky National Park.
Chivyrkuisky Bay is one of the most interesting, attractive and visited places in the Zabaikalsky national Park. It is shallow; the water temperature reaches 22-24ºC.The bay is painterly. Sandy beaches, islands, majestic and picturesque capes, thermal springs, dwarf cedar thickets, bird colonies attract the attention of tourists. The coastline of the Bay is heavily indented and forms a number of small and wind-protected bays. One of them is Zmeinaya (Snake) Bay, which is famous for its hot springs that pour out in several places on land and under water. The Bay name is connected with the non-poisonous coluber, which sometimes appear here. Spring temperatures range from + 32 to + 45 °C. The water is bicarbonate-sulfate-sodium, with the smell and taste of hydrogen sulfide, with a fluorine content of 10 to 23 mg/l.
Arrival in Zmeinaya Bay, Chivyrkuisky Bay.
Lunch on board.
Guests ashore. Bathing in hot springs and swimming in Lake Baikal are optional.Dinner on board.
Departure to Khakusy, Northern Baikal.Guide’s event.Free time.