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Chivyrkuisky Bay

Chivyrkuisky Bay is located on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal between the mainland and the Svyatoy Nos Peninsula in the Zabaikalsky National Park. A sand spit separates it from Barguzinsky Bay. This is the second largest bay of Lake Baikal – long and narrow, it goes into the land for 25 km.

Previously, the bay was called Kurbulik, and today the name of the bay is associated with the river Big Chivyrkui, which flows into the bay from the north. It can be translated“to move, wriggle” from the Evenk.

Chivyrkuisky Bay is far from any roads, it is a real protected place. The bay accommodates numerous bays, the banks of which are covered with the taiga, and a carpet of algae can be seen at the bottom of the bay. In quiet weather every blade of grass and schools of fishare easily distinguished in the bay. Late in autumn, Baikal seals escape here from ice and winds, there are traces of bears and deer.

Due to shallow depths and a large number of sunny days, the bay water warms up to 18-24ºC in the summer time, and this is the highest temperature for the cool lake.


On the western side of the bay in Zmeinaya Bay, a thermal natural spring appears from the underground. This is one of the hottest springs on Lake Baikal. The water temperature is +38.5-45.5 °C. It is good for the treatment of radiculitis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

How to get:

- By car. The distance from Ulan-Ude is about 300 km, from Irkutsk - almost 700 km. If you come to Ust-Barguzin, you can go to Chivyrkuisky Bay for a day trip by car or boat.

- By water. Distance from Olkhon is about 90 km in a straight line. No any scheduled ships, only private ones. In winter, you can get there on ice by “Khivus” or by car. Chivyrkuisky Bay is included in our Lake Baikal cruises.

The distance to Ulan-Ude airport is about 300 km, Irkutsk – about 700 km, Olkhon – about 90 km (in a straight line).

Possible activities:

- Relax on the beach, enjoy views of the majestic Barguzin ridge, swim in hot springs and cool Lake Baikal.

-Walk around; you can climb one of the peaks of the Svyatoy Nos Peninsula.

-For those interested – you can visit the bird swamps of the bay. Lowland connecting Barguzinsky and Chivyrkuisky bays is home to dozens of species of waterfowl: glaucous and black-headed gulls, terns, ducks, swans, loons, large curlews and other rare birds. In 2018, the Zabaikalsky National Park built a special eco-trail and a tower for bird watching. 

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