Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

At Original Diving, we need to understand what you like before we can truly say what you’ll love.

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Epic diving & culture

About as remote as you can get and filled with world-class diving and more natural and cultural wonders than you can imagine. We give you Papua New Guinea.

Neill - Original Diver. Papua New Guinea

Wonders of Indonesia

The epicentre of marine biodiversity, it is hard (nay, impossible!) to find better than Indonesia when it comes to all-round diving.

Louisa - Original Diver. Raja Ampat

Tropical island paradise

Looking for that quintessential tropical island getaway? Look no further than the Maldives. Stunning islands, marine life and more.

Louisa - Original Diver. Maldives

Best diving in Europe?

Mantas, whale sharks, blue sharks, whales...and all in Europe. The Azores is a little-known diving Mecca.

Neill - Original Diver. The Azores

Far away from it all

The Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique offers wonderfully remote lodges and the best diving we have found in East Africa. It is magical.

Neill - Original Diver. Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Marine life odyssey

Head to the Philippines for thresher sharks, whale sharks, macro and so much more. One of our favourites.

Louisa - Original Diver. Philippines

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We are a team of committed divers and travellers dedicated to creating the best luxury diving holidays around the world.

There is a world of diving possibilities out there

Here are a few of our favourite diving experiences to get you started.

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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Raja Ampat
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Family Diving

Whether travelling with young kids or a grown family, we have found the ultimate family diving destinations for you.

Family Diving
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Honeymoon Diving

Find the perfect romantic destination for your diving honeymoon. We have found quite a few.

Honeymoon Diving
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

Papua New Guinea
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Mexico

Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.

Mexico
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Silolona

If you want the ultimate in liveaboard luxury then look no further than Silolona. It really doesn’t get much better.

Silolona
Laucala Island

Laucala Island

The Laucala Island Resort in Fiji is without a doubt one of the world’s top island resorts and once there it is easy to see why. It is very, very special.

Laucala Island
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The Azores

The Azores offer world-class diving; we think the best in Europe. It also offers some amazing activities around its volcanic scenery.

The Azores
Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Vamizi Island
Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

The Oberoi at Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful base from which to explore. An all suite hotel spread over seemingly endless acres and with a wonderful wide beach, this resort offers traditional Egyptian hospitality at a very competitive price. A Red Sea bargain!

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh
Indonesia

Indonesia

Home to some of the best diving on earth, incredible landscapes and world class hotels, Indonesia is one of our favourite countries. There are some 17,000 islands to choose from but we know the very best spots to head to.

Indonesia
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Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Maldives
Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

Philippines
Micronesia

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Micronesia
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Galapagos Archipelago

Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Archipelago
Fiji

Fiji

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Fiji
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Bahamas

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Bahamas
Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

If Robinson Crusoe was in hotel development, he would have built Soneva Fushi. A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll reached by a half-hour scenic seaplane flight from the sanctity of the private lounge in Malé, the only international airport.

Soneva Fushi
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Northern Red Sea

Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.

Northern Red Sea
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Private Dive Safari

Private tented camps, yachts and diving are what make this trip so special. You just can’t get it anywhere else.

Private Dive Safari
Tanzania

Tanzania

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Tanzania
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Wakatobi

With some of the most pristine reefs on earth, Wakatobi is paradise for those that love coral and the small stuff - particularly the pygmy seahorse!

Wakatobi
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Komodo

Komodo is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.

Komodo
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Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

Palau
Amanpulo

Amanpulo

Amanpulo Resort is Pamalican Island. The name means ‘peaceful island’, and it’s easy to see why. Pamalican’s 250 pristine acres are totally tranquil, with nothing but the luxurious 40-room hideaway, verdant vegetation, exotic bird life and what must be one of the planet’s all-time greatest beaches, a seemingly endless stretch of the finest white powder sloping into clear turquoise waters.

Amanpulo
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Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

The place to stay in Sharm El Sheikh is the Four Seasons, an island of peace and security.

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Meet the original divers

We are seasoned travellers who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create memorable diving trips and experiences.

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Years of combined diving experience

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Number of dives completed by the team

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Countries visited (most dived) by the team

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From our blog

Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Diving team.

Diving in Dominica; the Caribbean's Last Hidden Gem

Having never visited the Caribbean, I was excited to be travelling to Dominica. Not fully knowing what to expect I began my journey with an open mind - perhaps somewhat influenced by a general stereotype of Caribbean diving: wrecks, sharks and sandy bottoms…

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Amy's Life of Dive

My diving journey started on my gap year around Thailand, Australia and Fiji where I completed my PADI Open Water and Advanced on Koh Tao. I remember my first experience well, from the brief panic that I was breathing underwater to the realisation that there was a whole new world to…

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The Dive of my Life

My most memorable dive - I was 18 at the time; I had just finished my PADI Divemaster apprenticeship and was starting work as a diveguide. I soon found myself developing the confidence and skills needed to lead dives myself.

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Luxury Island-Hopping in the Maldives

In December I was lucky enough to head out to the Maldives to review some of the hotels we already feature and to explore some new ones. The Maldives is one of my favourite spots on earth: incredible luxury resorts, stunning scenery and of course, world-class diving. It is everything that…

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Taking it easy; life on Vamizi

Half-way through reading my degree in Law at Newcastle University, tired and distracted, seriously deficient of Vitamin D and in need of an adventure: I decided to find an exotic destination to spend my summer and remedy my withdrawals from travel. Equipped with my PADI Divemaster…

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Our Guide to a Luxury Holiday in Mexico

Winter is now in full swing, which can only mean one thing - let's get the gloves out! Alternatively you can grab the opportunity to escape from the grim UK weather and experience some amazing places where the mercury in the thermometer remains much higher. With Mexico being our destination…

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Dauin Diving: Atmosphere Resort and Spa

Following my trip in the Philippines, a couple of resorts really stuck out to me as being the essence of what 'Dive in Style' is all about. In my previous blog, I mentioned a resort called Atmosphere Resort and Spa on Negros island but I wanted to expand on what I wrote there to explain…

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Curacao and Bonaire | A Caribbean Gem

I was asked to cross the ocean and to go to the Caribbean in order to discover a destination that has been on Original Diving's radar for far too long. Of course, because I am very disciplined, I said yes and off I went to find out more about the best diving and hotels around the Dutch…

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Our New Philippines Diving Destinations

In May, I went on a trip out to the Philippines to explore some new diving destinations to add to our current Philippines dive offering. I was absolutely blown away by some of the dive spots and hotels that I found and here is an overview of each.

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Access the Best Diving in Oman

Oman is often overlooked as a diving destination in favour of the more popular (and far busier) Red Sea. Here at Original Diving, we think it deserves more attention as it is a country that offers so much both above and below the waves.

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Luxury Komodo Liveaboard Diving

In June, I took a group of journalists on the diving adventure of a lifetime; a trip to experience Komodo liveaboard diving at its very best. I left the UK unbelievably excited and returned even more so and now I just want to go back!

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Best Diving in Mexico

This was my first visit to Central America and to a country I have always wanted to visit, so my expectations for Mexico were high. I wasn't disappointed, far from it. With 10 days packed with transfers, site inspections, meetings and dives, I knew it would be busy but I also knew I would…

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The main reason we love the #Bahamas you ask? #Sharks | http://t.co/3lu2ijdkmz http://t.co/HKRUtD1mKa

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If Columbus came back to the #Caribbean, Dominica is the only place he'd recognise | http://t.co/mJ4n9iMkLu #scuba http://t.co/UXtRKXRjKj

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This is outrageous. Anyone travelling to Europe can legally import 20kg of shark fin. A 20kg haul of shark fin is worth €4,900 on the black market and is enough to make 705 bowls of soup. Check out this infographic http://bit.ly/1SDECcn and please sign Bite-Back’s petition to change the law at http://bit.ly/1MmNFQ1.

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For those who think it's too late to book for summer, think again! There's still some mind-blowing places on offer. Take a look: http://bit.ly/1DxbOvi

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A little birdie told us the humpbacks are visiting Mozambique next month. Who's excited? http://www.originaldiving.com/africa/mozambique/azura-quilalea

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There's still time to book your trip to Danjugan Island! Make a difference this summer by participating in some real conservation on this hidden gem of an island. More details here | http://www.prrce.org/?page_id=76

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World #OrcaDay reminds us how surreal the experience was to swim with these gorgeous creatures. November is coming up soon! Who's up for another trip to Norway? http://www.originaldiving.com/europe/norway/northern-norway

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Ever heard of Danjugan Island? In this unique trip, you will have the opportunity to combine conservation and relaxation at the Philippines' most treasured sanctuary! http://bit.ly/1Macc7S

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The ocean always finds a way to create and sustain life. Shipwrecks are a perfect example of that. http://www.originaldiving.com/collections/wreck-diving

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A clownfish says hello to the camera while taking shelter in its anemone somewhere near Wakatobi Dive Resort. Thank you, Greg and Alison, for sharing your experience with us. If you've been diving with us, send us your photos and we will feature you on our Pinterest board! http://bit.ly/1LYAMMY http://www.originaldiving.com/far-east/indonesia/dive-wakatobi

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An enormous manta ray we encountered in Komodo! Watch the video | http://bit.ly/1KpmH9X http://www.originaldiving.com/inspiration/manta-rays

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We all have our own ideas of a perfect getaway. What's yours? Do you want pure rest and relaxation, or a unique adventure? How about a bit of both? http://www.originaldiving.com/inspiration

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