Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Our Australasia and the Pacific Islands Blogs

Over the years, the Original Diving team has been lucky enough to visit and dive many places in Australasia and the Pacific Islands. We always come back with stories...and blogs. And here they are:

The 8 Best Dive Sites in the World

Bucket lists are for landlubbers. If you're a diver, and the ocean is your oyster, then you NEED to dive these spots, arguably the greatest dive sites on our blue planet.

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 experiences around. Having canvassed the globe, here are five of our favourites…

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 October I got my chance. The first thing to understand about PNG is that it is not a luxury destination, but this is not what you come for - it is the diving, culture, birding, and scenery that should tempt people. It is the perfect place for those who really want to get off the beaten track. In fact, of all the places I have been lucky enough to visit, nowhere comes as close to the meaning of 'remote' as PNG.

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, it's fair to say it can also be - how to put this - fickle, at the best of times. Which is why it's good to have a Plan B, namely a summer holiday, in the pipeline. And it just so happens that some of the best dive destinations around the world are perfect during the summer months, but availability is going like hotcakes so the time is nigh to get booking, people! Here are our top six dive destinations this summer…

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 exactly what I have just come back from doing, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Fiji is renowned for its soft corals (it's actually known as the soft coral capital of the world) so the colours were just incredible and quite unlike anything I had seen before. This rare area of pristine coral brings with it an extraordinary selection of marine life, from ghost pipefish and leaf scorpionfish to adorable nudibranchs - they were all there.

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 discover. On my travels, I completed a few fun dives in Australia diving the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef. I still kick myself to this day that I didn't dive in Fiji… one day!

UV Diving

Night diving is a must for any diver wishing to experience all the thrills that you can gain underwater. There is, however, a way to take it to even more extremes that will have you amazed at the sheer beauty the underwater world can bring.

A Few Summer Diving Hotspots

Summer diving, this time in Komodo in Indonesia. Stunning. With weather in the UK in summer unpredictable at best and England out of the World Cup, it's about time to escape on a last minute summer diving adventure. Here are a few ideas to inspire!

Scuba Diving Bucket List

As we head towards the middle third of 2014, we think it's time to add more boxes to tick on your scuba diving bucket list of dive sites or just give you some inspiration for your future diving trips. Just five to start with but feel free to get in touch with us as we have got plenty more!

Dispelling Scuba Diving myths

Like most people, I like to start a new year with New Year's resolutions. This year I won't be eating less, getting fitter or drinking less, I will be trying to set the record straight about some scuba diving myths that have been around for far too long.

Top 5 Dive and Travel Combination Holidays

We know you diving fanatics love the ocean, but ever thought of extending your trip to discover more? Look no further, here are our top five dive and travel combination holidays so that you can gain even more from the destination you visit both in, and out of the water! This list is by no means exhaustive - as part of award-winning Original Travel, we can help with all your non-diving needs too.

Top 10 Diving Beaches

Tim Simond, author of Dive in Style, presents his top 10 beaches worldwide. Not only are they stunning but all sit next to world-class diving so you can spend your mornings in the depths and your afternoons on the sand.

Types of Diving: Wall Diving

If you suffer from vertigo then it is probably best to stick to sloping reefs as opposed to drop-offs and walls, with some going down to 600m! But if heights are not an issue for you, wall diving can prove to be some of the most interesting and exciting diving you can do.

Animal Encounters: Dive with Manta Rays

To dive with manta rays is near the top of most divers' bucket list and for very good reason: soaring through the water like birds of the sea they are a stunning sight. Manta, meaning blanket in Spanish, appropriately describes the manta ray which can have a wingspan of up to 7.5m and weigh up to 2,900 lbs.

Summer Scuba Diving Destinations

With summer fast approaching it's time to start thinking about summer scuba diving destinations. Whether it be the Olympics you want to run away from or another predictably cold and wet British summer, what better time to escape on a summer diving adventure? Here are a few of our top accommodation picks which also have fantastic special offers this summer, meaning you can save money too.

New Dive Destinations Uncovered

At Dive in Style, we spend our lives researching exciting and new dive destinations so you don't have to. We will soon be launching a new website with lots of new dive trips but here's a taster of what's to come. These trips are perfect whether you want to dive, snorkel, or just relax.

Papua New Guinea - The Final Frontier

Tell most people you are planning a trip to Papua New Guinea and there are likely to be two initial reactions; the first, and most likely response will be a blank stare followed by the question "is that in Africa?", and the second will likely be "don't they eat people there?". "No" and "no" should be the response.

Marine Animals - Strangers of the Deep

Most of us are familiar with the television programmes exploring the deep blue sea and unearthing strange, often sometimes alien like marine animals such as anglerfish or the deep sea squid. What most of us don't know however is that you don't have to be part of a BBC research team to get up close and personal with these weird and wonderful creatures. All you need to do is dive (or even snorkel!) Here we take a look at some of the strangest marine animals out there and where you can go to find them.

Nudibranchs - Facts About The World's Prettiest Slugs

Nudibranchs, sometimes more commonly known as "sea slugs" are some of the hardest creatures to spot on a dive. Although related to snails, these colourful little creatures have ditched the homes they carry on their backs as they have evolved. Similar to land snails, nudibranchs also leave a slime trail, full of chemicals, which can warn other slugs of danger, or be used to find a mate.

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