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With so many dive destinations across the globe, it can be difficult to work out where best to see particular varieties of marine life so here is a (by no means exhaustive) guide to some of the most notable marine life. Click on an image to find out more about each creature and where you can find them.

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Petit St Vincent

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Petit St Vincent, St Vincent & The Grenadines

Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Queue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.

Stay for seven nights at the incredible Petit St. Vincent and only pay for five. This offer is valid between 1 April - 31 July 2017 on the family package offer. This offer is valid on a One Bedroom Cottage and a Two Bedroom Villa with two adults and two children under 14, staying for seven nights. As part of the family package meals and other family activities are included, ask for more details. Terms and conditions apply.

Valid from: 02 February 2017 - 31 July 2017

Mount Cinammon

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Mount Cinnamon, Grenada

The Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club is located on the serene south west coast of Grenada, offering views out over the Caribbean Sea. This coveted location is made extra special as the resort is home to Dive Grenada’s five star PADI dive centre, making it the ideal base from which to explore the volcanic coastline and vibrant reefs of Grenada.

Book by 31 March 2017 and save 25% on all room categories for stays between 1 February - 16 April 2017, and 40% on all room categories for stays between 17 April - 20 December 2017. This is based on a Bed and Breakfast basis with a minimum stay of five nights. A 50% saving on the all-inclusive or half-board meal plan is also available for bookings made by 31st March for travel 1 February to 20 December 2017. Terms and Conditions apply.

Valid from: 31 January 2017 - 31 March 2017

Esencia

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Hotel Esencia, Yucatan Peninsula

Once the beachside retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast, and still retains that feeling of a private home.

Stay for five nights at Hotel Esencia and only pay for four if your stay includes a Wednesday night. This offer is valid for Garden Suites, Garden Suites w/plunge pool, Ocean Suites, Master Suites and Pool Villas. It is valid for all bookings made before 20 December, 2017 and for stays between 1 May and 20 December 2017. Blackout dates and terms and conditions apply.

Valid from: 22 December 2016 - 20 December 2017

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Our 2017 Top Picks

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The best of Mozambique

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Sharks, Glorious Sharks

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Diving in Mafia Island

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Top Family Diving Holiday Destinations with Young Kids

If, like me, you are in the phase of life where everything seems to revolve around nappies, nursery and obsessions with football (I have a 1-year old, a 3-year old and a 5-year old) then you will know that finding a suitable destination for a diving trip as a family can be tricky. If, also…

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Charlie's Life of Dive

I used to celebrate Christmas a lot when I was younger. Decoration time was always exciting; a wreath on the door, pine twirling around the bannisters, ornaments and candles out in full. I always remember that my brother and I would decorate the tree only for it to be sneakily corrected and…

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The 8 Best Dive Sites in the World

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Liveaboard Diving in Style aboard the Damai I

I have a confession to make: I've never been a big fan of liveaboards. Mostly because my only experience of them has been on very basic versions - think shared shower over a toilet-type situations. So I decided it was about time I experienced liveaboard diving as it should be done and headed…

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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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