About Us

Life is in the detail

We are a creative luxury diving travel company who take a thoughtful approach to creating tailor-made holidays.

When it comes to our approach we’re proud to say we’re different to your average diving travel company. We offer something a little more special.

We start by understanding you

Neill Ghosh, Co Founder - Original Diving

Taking the time to understand what you want from your diving holiday allows us to provide the truly transformative details that turn time away into a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Give us a call or drop us an email to find out more
  • Drop by our offices for a chat
  • Or we can come to you, armed with maps and plenty of ideas

We do the hard work for you

Nick Newbury, Co Founder - Original Diving & Original Travel

We take great pride in creating an itinerary tailored around you. We can finesse every detail so your holiday is not only special but hassle-free too, with every detail taken care of.

  • You'll receive a lovingly crafted itinerary pack
  • Every detail will be fine tuned for you
  • All your travel documents will be collated so the only thing you need to remember is your passport

We’re there for you while you’re away

Alastair Poulain, Co Founder - Original Diving & Original Travel

We want you to be on holiday while you're on holiday. Your Original Diving expert is here for last minute tips and our 24hr helpline is always available in the unlikely event something should go wrong.

  • Your expert will happily send you any last minute advice you need while away
  • If something should go wrong our 24hr help line has you covered

Keeping our clients happy

  • 100%

  • of our clients give our holidays a positive rating

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Our Story

Eleven years old and counting (sort of, if you count Original Travel, our parent company). Find out how we got where we are today.


The three founders of Original Travel leave the City, the Army and Fleet Street and the Big Short Break is born.

Picture of Tim Simond

Tim Simond, property mogul, handsome devil and soon-to-be best-selling author, decides he needs a break from the rat race and starts researching Dive in Style.


After lots of travel and lots of 'hard work', Tim Simond publishes Dive in Style. It goes on to sell over 50,000 copies and is translated into six languages. Original Travel starts offering diving...


Not to be outdone, Original Travel turns publisher, launching the Big Short Break coffee table book. Oh, and wins Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.


Tim Simond starts feeling like he just hasn't travelled enough so decides to write another Dive in Style. It really is a hard life.


The second edition of Dive in Style is published and Neill Ghosh makes a rash decision to leave his job and help launch and run Dive in Style, the tour operator.


As the company grows, so does what we offer and we rebrand as Original Diving. Now the Original brands are one big happy family.


We're still here, nearly five years on, and still growing strong. Selling our holidays in the UK, America, Spain, France...here's to the next five years and beyond!

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Who we are

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

Nick Newbury

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Alastair Poulain

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Tom Barber

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Neill Ghosh

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Dave Lorch

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Tim Simond

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Louisa Fisher

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Jacqui Brooks

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Jessica Higgs

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Alex Marchais

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Amy Cooper

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Helen Mulhern

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India Tyndall

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Charlie Peck

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Charlie Everitt

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Sue Wheatley

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A different kind of workplace

Our dynamic team now numbers nearly 10 in Original Diving and closer to 50 in Original Travel in a lovely office by the river in Battersea, London. We take enormous pride in our team, and go to great lengths to engender their pride in the business. Our rates of team loyalty are proof of this. We are not currently recruiting for any roles, however, if you would like to send a speculative CV, please email jobs@originaltravel.co.uk


Original Travel and Original Diving (together 'Original Travel') have become aware that members of the public are receiving emails which contain fraudulent employment opportunities with Original Travel. We are taking appropriate legal action. These emails often contain fake offers of employment requesting personal information or payment to process a job application or payment to process visas. Please note that Original Travel never requests payment or fees for the processing of job applications. How to recognise a fraudulent offer of employment? Original Travel email addresses always end in "@originaltravel.co.uk or @originaldiving.com" Our recruitment department will never email you from personal email accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail. All genuine Original Travel vacancies are advertised on our About Us page. Original Travel will always conduct an interview process before determining a suitable candidate for a job vacancy. Therefore, offers of employment without any form of interview are most likely to be a fraudulent offer. Original Travel never requests payment or fees for job applications. If you have never applied for a job vacancy with Original Travel or via a reputable recruitment agency, you should be cautious of random emails offering you employment.

Discover what makes us different

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable dive experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to when you return

  • Efficient and friendly service
  • Flexible and hassle free
  • Passionate, honest experts
  • Value and prices
  • Unparalleled support
  • Don’t just take our word for it

What makes us different?

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Talk to our team of thoughtful experts about your travel needs:
Call: +44 (0) 20 7978 0505 US: +1 800 652 1972 Email: info@originaldiving.com Contact us online


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