For most of the 20th century, Mongolia was sealed off from the world. Now, it’s very much open and worth a trip.
Mongolia is an outdoor lover’s paradise with opportunities to hike, camp, horse trek and now with the first PADI Dive Shop, Great Sea Resort, you can get PADI certified there too.
Yes, you read correctly. Mongolia may be landlocked, in the middle of Asia, and largely desert, but Lake Khovsgol offers a wide range of diving experiences.
Photo supplied by Great Sea Resort
Lake Khovsgol (pronounced huh-vs-gull) is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, with cool temperatures and visibility which can reach up to 30m (98 feet). You can expect to find a few species of fish, like Siberian Grayling (which grow up to a metre long) and are always curious about the divers they encounter, as well as a number of shipwrecks to explore.
“Diving here is suitable for beginners as well as experienced divers. In the future, we hope to expand and offer technical diving also,” says Zeev Rozenberg, Director of Great Sea Resort.
Lake Khovsgol is still largely unexplored and the team at Great Sea Resort look forward to doing a research and exploration project to discover what other treasures lay below the surface.
Mongolia has a rich culture, wide open spaces and adventure just waiting for you at every turn.