Surrounded by rich and verdant greenery, the lake is a great place to explore the flora and spot local species of fauna. Willow trees, various reeds and canes line the banks, and under the waters are plentiful species of algae and wort. Balkhash is home to six species of native fish as well as many that have since been introduced, not to mention 120 types of birds including cormorants, pheasants and golden eagles. With cities and towns dotted around its edges, of which Balkhash is the largest, not to mention the Bishkek-Karaganda Highway, part of which which runs along the edge, there are many points from which to access the lake and many activities to be enjoyed.
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While it is true that fish stocks have waned in recent years, it is still a popular destination for amateur and professional anglers. From all around, they come to the shores of Lake Balkhash for a relaxing day, hoping for a bite on the bait.
Home to countless species of birds, animals and fish, Lake Balkhash draws nature photographers from all over the region, all of whom hope to catch a glimpse of one of many endangered species, not to mention snap stunning shots of the gorgeous scenery.
Yachting and sailing are popular pastimes on the azure waters of Lake Balkhash. With its vast expanse and good winds, not to mention the beautiful natural scenery as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to understand why this is a notorious boating spot in the region.
Swimming and diving
Swimming tends to be more popular in areas of the lake that are further removed from the big cities that pop up along its banks - especially Balkhash. In the summer months, bathers enjoy refreshing dips in the lake’s blue waters. Meanwhile, divers plunge down to explore the algae-covered depths.
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Sit back and relax during a stay at the Alphina XXI in Balkhash, Kazakhstan: this multi-complex hotel has everything that guests could want during their stay at Lake Balkhash, and more. From a billiards room to a bowling alley, a fine dining restaurant to a casual cafe, there’s really no reason to have to leave the premises… except, of course, to explore the historic city or take a cruise along the lake - one of the largest in Asia - to fish, hunt on the island or simply enjoy the breeze. After a busy day around the hotel or out on the lake, guests can relax in their comfortable rooms or suites - that is, unless they choose to dance the night away on the bowling alley-turned-dance floor!
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