Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

The Maldives is home to some of the swankiest hotels on the planet, as well as crystal clear warm waters, colourful corals and a variety of marine life.

The Original Diving Team.. Maldives

Frontier Travel

Not only is Papua New Guinea one of the most culturally fascinating places on the planet, it's home to truly world-class diving from pristine coral to big fish and muck diving.

Neill - Original Diver. Papua New Guinea

Kaleidoscopic Colour

Fiji is the soft coral capital of the world and the dive sites in the iconic Somosomo Strait in particular are world-class.

Louisa - Original Diver. Fiji

Family Fun

Above and below the water, Gozo is a fabulous family destination. Its calm, clear waters are perfect for beginner divers while above ground it's all about exploring charming local villages and countryside.

Neill - Original Diver. Gozo

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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.

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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.

Water & Wind: Azores Liveaboard

Water & Wind: Azores Liveaboard

Portugal is an eternally popular destination within the Original Travel team, and the off-shore-off-shoot of the Azores is no exception. This cluster of islands in the heart of the Atlantic is a scuba divers dream, and we can think of no better way to explore than on the Water & Wind Liveaboard, exclusive to Original Travel.

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Honeymoon Diving

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

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.

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Mexico

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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Galapagos Archipelago

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

Fiji

Fiji

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Tanzania

Tanzania

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

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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!

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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.

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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...

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.

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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.

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Island Hopping in the Caribbean

My most recent research trip took me back to the Caribbean to check out a few more of the beautiful hotels and resorts we work with and, most importantly, to discover whether there was any diving worth reporting home about. Oh, it's a tough life…

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Deep Cuts: the Best Under the Radar Dive Destinations

Whether you're a 'been there, done that, where's next?' kind of traveller, or simply like the idea of exploring beyond the norm, we're here to bring you all the best diving 'Deep Cuts' - destinations that fly under the radar and yet offer some of the best scenery, diving and holiday…

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The Wonders of Papua New Guinea

Since arriving at Original Diving in 2012, Papua New Guinea has always been at the top of my travel list. Not only did the diving appeal, but the wildlife and culture is so varied that I was eager to experience it all (I have David Attenborough to thank for a lot of this!) Luckily, last…

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The Best Diving Holiday Destinations for Summer

Summer. Even thinking the word brings on visions of Pimm's in the garden, the distinctive waft of barbecue and most of us Brits sporting some fairly interesting tan lines (read: burn lines). And thankfully Summer is finally on its way. But while the Great British Summer can be marvellous,…

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The Best Way to Dive the Azores – our Exclusive Diving Liveaboard

For years, we've been desperate for an exceptional quality diving liveaboard in the Azores. Finally, we have one in the luxurious Water & Wind. What's more, we're incredibly excited to say that we are the exclusive UK partner for the boat - so if diving in the Azores is on the to-do…

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The Pearl of the Andaman

Coming up to my 20 year "anni-diver-sary", having logged over 2,000 dives from destinations such as Thailand, Oman, Indonesia, Malta, and the Philippines (to name but a few), my affinity for the Big Blue is as strong now as it has ever been. In all my years of exploring the underwater world,…

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Paradise found in Fiji

My first visit to Fiji was in 2007, and as a backpacker I knew it would be a place I had to come back to. So I vowed that I would return to its beautiful beaches and dreamy waters, and this time I would do Fiji the way it should be done; luxurious hotels and incredible diving. So that is…

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Learning to Dive: Part 1

Before we begin, I have a confession to make: I am not a water baby. Like most complexes I can trace this back to two very specific moments growing up. Firstly, on a trip to the Norfolk coast when my dad nearly cap sized our pedal boat into a murky ocean of doom (my 5-year-old self wasn't to…

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A Diving Adventure in Socorro: Part II

We reached Socorro Island having done some truly amazing dives, encountering giant mantas, white tip reef sharks and dolphins along the way. The great diving continued and we had much better visibility at 'The Point', a honeycomb lava tube running from high on the mainland far out to sea.…

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A Diving Adventure in Socorro: Part I

In the heavily depleted ocean that covers a mere 71% of our globe there is always a momentous sigh of relief to be felt when you visit somewhere that lives up to its reputation. I recently visited the Revillagigedo Islands with the intention of experiencing some of the magic these islands…

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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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Thanks to scientists at Conservation International, and local Indonesian fisherman, we can now track whale sharks online - we can’t think of a better way to start the week than by following the daily movements of Sharky McSharkface (community named...)!

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A California court has finally ruled that Navy submarine hunts are to blame for the beaching of some whales over the years. The low frequency sonar used actually disturbs the whales forcing them to head inland in a bid to escape:

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We know that the mentioning of Tanzania brings up images of battling lion cubs, khaki cargo shorts and Toto - Africa automatically starts playing, and rightfully so, but its pristine coastline also makes it a superb dive spot..

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Terrible news from Aqua Expeditions that the Aqua Amazon was tragically lost in an accident while in port, our thoughts are with you and the crew.

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Ah, Micronesia, a place few have heard of and, as such, the mentioning of it will usually be met with "you mean Indonesia?". Nope, we don't. It's real and it's dive heaven...

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Another win for marine life comes from Palau this week who are in the process of banning fishing to protect the dwindling population of bigeye and yellowfin fish around the island.

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We sent our very own Louisa Fisher island hopping around the Maldives on a research trip (sigh) and here's what she had to say... http://ow.ly/i3GJ302cnOd

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