In Sakhalin, you can go for a short dive —half a day— or take a diving tour that will last several days. During such a diving safari, you will be able to dive in the most interesting places and visit distant reefs. The organisers of such tours provide all the necessary equipment, including cold-water diving kits.
The southern end of the island is the most popular with divers. Here you can see numerous marine inhabitants almost everywhere even at shallow depths: various types of molluscs, multi-coloured actinia and sea sponges.
There are also larger species—various types of salmon, flounder, gobies, perch, lancet fish. Seals, sea lions and killer whales are also frequent here.
The diving spot is almost at the very end of Aniva bay, on its eastern coast. On the opposite shore, there stands an imposing cliff of light marble.
RELIEF: cliffs, round rocks
DEPTH: 6-16 m
UNDER WATER: plenty of colourful lancet fish (up to 2 m and 30 kg), flounder, salmon and other fish, kelp thickets, sea urchins and crabs.
On the eastern coast of the island, not far from Bird Lake, there is an underwater sea garden, as if deliberately created by man. The place was named after the diver who discovered it.
RELIEF: sand and pebble bottom with huge boulders.
DEPTH: 28 m
UNDER WATER: picturesque plant beds and winding paths.
A good place for beginning divers, located not far from Prigorodnoye village. At shallow depths, you can marvel at a host of marine inhabitants.
RELIEF: sand and rock bottom, densely inhabited by algae and marine creatures.
DEPTH: 9-14 m
UNDER WATER: scallops, trepang, Kamchatka crabs, and lancet fish
A bit further from the coast, also near Yunona Cape, there is another diving site. Rumour has it, you can often see a big octopus here.
RELIEF: flat sand bottom
DEPTH: 20 m
UNDER WATER: huge actinia, star fish, and sponges.