It’s hard to fathom the idea of getting bored with scuba diving, but it is possible that same old reefs and wrecks might be getting a little monotonous. So, if you’re looking to really change things up on your next dive, consider exploring an abandoned prison. Poking around closed up prisons is actually a pretty popular pastime right now, but not many folks have the opportunity to do it underwater. That’s why you should add the underwater gulag in Rummu Estonia to your diving bucket list.
The underwater prison is truly a remarkable dive. That’s because it’s actually pretty achievable for just about any diver. That’s mostly due to the fact that all of the prison chambers are in relatively shallow water. The prison is located at one end of Lake Rummu and most of the buildings are in anywhere from 15 to 30 feet, making it accessible to virtually every diver at any skill level. The opposite side of the lake is slightly deeper and home to an underwater forest in about 42 feet of water. The trees themselves in this part of the lake measure 9 to 12 feet tall.
The key to getting the most out of your diving experience at Lake Rummu is to visit during the right time of the year. That’s because water visibility tends to fluctuate greatly between seasons. Ideally, you want to visit the lake when the water temperatures are the same on both the surface of the lake and at the bottom. While the visibility is always decent, your best bet for steady temps and maximum water clarity is to visit in the winter time or mid-summer. Another added benefit of diving in the summer months is that water temperatures climb as high as 71 degrees (which is considered warm for this part of the world).
The gulag at Lake Rummu is also a great option for folks that aren’t scuba certified. The shallow waters make it ideal for snorkeling and there is plenty to explore on dry land. There are plenty of other great diving sites and wrecks in the area, making a trip to Estonia a must-do on any serious diver’s bucket list.