Life is in the detail

We know an extinct volcano in the Galapagos where there are more sharks and turtles than I could count and we felt like we were the only people on the planet.

Neill - Original Diver

Neill Ghosh

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Indian Ocean, Far East, Africa, Antarctica, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • A lot of these revolve around water, such as diving the sardine run in South Africa
  • or ice diving in Antarctica
  • or snorkelling with humpbacks in the Caribbean (the list could go on!)
  • On land an ambition of mine is to one day live in India long enough for me to learn Bengali (I'm half Indian) though I'm not sure when I will have time

Best Moments

  • Sitting on a beach with my wife, Milly, in southern Goa watching dolphins jumping at sunset.
  • The most epic hotel I've ever been lucky enough to stay at is Laucala Island in Fiji. My favourite spot? Extremity.whiffed.overstate.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • I was travelling with my father and sister in Ladakh in northern India early one March, when I stubbornly forced upon them a trip over the third highest road in the world in an SUV without 4×4 or chains on the wheels only to find that an SUV like that doesn't cope well when it snows. We were stranded at the top in the dark at over 17,000 feet and had to (almost literally) slide back down while my sister cried constantly and I had to keep getting out to push the jeep out of the snow in rarified air!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Inter-railing with a friend aged 18 and ending up in Tangiers, Morocco, exhausted. Our first experience right off the boat was to be led by a new 'friend' to a carpet shop where the owner pulled a knife... to show us his indestructible carpet. Only one of us drank the peppermint tea in case it was poisoned so the other could run for help. After that we ate some eggs with yolks that were more green than yellow, stayed one night in a horrible campsite and went straight back to Spain. I have since been back to Morocco and loved it!

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Kids holiday

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…

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…

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.

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!

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!

Magical Mnemba Island Zanzibar

Every now and again you come across a place that is so mind-blowingly beautiful that all you want to do is get back there as quickly as possible. On a recent research trip to East Africa I found one such place (two actually - Vamizi is the other one): the magical Mnemba Island Zanzibar. This…

What is the Best Diving in Africa?

Neill has just come back from an amazing research trip to find the best diving in Africa. Here he discusses his top spots.

Neptune’s Arm – the best diving in East Africa?

I have just returned from a diving research trip to explore the best East African dive destinations in Tanzania and Mozambique.

Original Diving Partners with Bite-Back Shark Conservation

Bite-Back Shark and Marine Conservation We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with charity, Bite-Back, to try and help the cause of shark and marine conservation. Every time someone books with us, we will be donating an amount to the charity; and if people want to donate more,…

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Come April 2013, Original Diving, which started life as Dive in Style, will be three years old. With over a third of UK businesses failing in their first three years, we are proud to still be here (though April is a few months away…) and are looking to 2013 with excitement.

Introducing Our Expert-Led Group Diving Trips

In short, the idea is small groups, big experiences. Our Expert-Led Journeys are a range of trips to diverse diving destinations around our extraordinary planet, each of which is an opportunity to experience a dive, marine life or natural phenomenon in the company of an expert who can bring…

Paradise Found - Luxury Dive Resorts in Fiji

Neill's just come back from a research trip to Fiji and he loved it. Here he shares some of the highlights of the dives, and the luxury dive resorts, he visited.

The Best Diving in the World? Part II

The second instalment of Tim's blog about the diving in Raja Ampat. It sounds pretty special. Read part 1.

The Best Diving in Europe

It isn't often that you find somewhere so close to home (if your home is in the UK) that blows you away with the quality of diving.

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…

Dive in Style becomes Original Diving

We are very happy to announce the rebranding and re-launch of our company; from now on Dive in Style will be called Original Diving.

Dive in Style – the First Full Year

Neill, head of Dive in Style, looks back at the company's first full year and forward to an exciting 2012.

Extraordinary Snorkelling Trips

Controversial as it may sound from dive experts, we believe that you can often get as much pleasure from snorkelling as you can from diving. In fact, sometimes snorkelling is the best way to view the underwater world. With this in mind we have been researching the globe for original and…

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.

Frontier Travel: Papua New Guinea

One of the most exotic, beautiful and misunderstood places in the world...

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"…

New Year, New Dive in Style

In an ongoing series of blogs about what it's like to launch and run a new business (it's been a while since the last one though!) Neill, head of Dive in Style, looks back at 2010 and ahead to what 2011 might have in store.

Oman Diving Holidays

Nothing quite beats diving when no-one else is around and it is exactly that prospect that saw me heading to the Sultanate of Oman before Christmas on a research trip (or glorified holiday!).

Diving in Europe: Best diving in the Med

I wasn't dissapointed and will definitely return...

Meet the rest of the team

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

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