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Raja Ampat coral reefs

Sitting in grey london surrounded by packing cases as we move out of our dream home seemed to me to be a good time to remember something uplifting. That would be Raja Ampat and Si Datu Bua.

Ultimate Liveaboard Diving in Raja Ampat

Finally I have found my way to the very peak of Dive in Style experiences. Having visited so many places and so many boats over the past 10 years, diving in Raja Ampat and on board Si Datu Bua, finally I made it to the absolute top, the very Everest of what I had dreamed about when I set out…

Unbelievable Diving in Raja Ampat

I will confess to being a bit over enthusiastic when it comes to expounding the wonders of diving in Raja Ampat (The Four Kings) but frankly I don't really care. I am writing this blog supposedly about the best coral, and while Raja Ampat is right up there at the very pinnacle, you cannot…

Scuba Diving in Bali & Lombok

We are great fans of Indonesia and have covered some of the best diving spots in the archipelago over the last few years including north and south Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Kalimantan, Komodo and more. However, we had not experienced much of scuba diving in Bali and Lombok first-hand…

Honeymoon Maldives Diving

Honeymoon Maldives diving holidays are some of our favourites. Tim Simond, author of Dive in Style, shares his tips for the best honeymoon Maldives diving holidays. I cannot think of another destination that is so entwined with honeymoon. The Maldives just seems to be at the top of…

Low Cost, Maldives Low Season Diving

Here Tim Simond, best-selling author of Dive in Style, gives his tips on Maldives low season diving for less.

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.

The Azores - the mid-Atlantic magnet for marine life

Jamie Watts is the marine biologist leading our first Expert-Led Journey in the Azores from 7 to 14 September 2013. Jamie writes regular marine biology features in Diver magazine, and guides and leads expeditions all over the world.

Hawksbill turtle in water

Who’s Even Heard of Karimunjawa?

Last stop on Dive in Style author Tim Simond's trip around Indonesia was the remote Karimunjawa archipelago. Here he tells of his experience.

The Best Diving in the World? Part I

He's having quite a trip round Indonesia. Here is Tim Simond's report from Raja Ampat. He loved it so much we have split this into two blogs!

Macro Diving in Indonesia

After his time in the Banda Sea, our "roving reporter" Tim Simond has been in Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, and sends this report.

Diving the Banda Sea - Part 3: Banda Islands Diving

Dive in Style author Tim Simond is diving his way round the most remote parts of Indonesia. This is the final part in a series of blogs on his trip written on board the Seven Seas boat in the Banda Sea. Read part 1 and 2.

Diving the Banda Sea - Part 2: Banda Islands Dive Sites

Dive in Style author Tim Simond is diving his way round the most remote parts of Indonesia. This is the second in a series of blogs on his trip written on board the Seven Seas boat in the Banda Sea. Read part 1.

Diving the Banda Sea - Part 1

Dive in Style author Tim Simond is diving his way round the most remote parts of Indonesia. This is the first in a series of blogs on his trip written on board the Seven Seas boat in the Banda Sea.

Twenty Years of Turks and Caicos Dive Trips

Dive in Style founder Tim Simond shares some of his thoughts on the Turks and Caicos Islands, a remote Caribbean chain he has visited many times over the past two decades.

Top Off-Season Diving Destinations

Tim Simond, author of best-selling coffee table book Dive in Style, and founder of Dive in Style the tour operator, discussed the advantages of off-season diving and his top picks for where to go.

Tim's Top Picks: Winter Diving Holidays

Tim Simond, author of best-selling Dive in Style shares his top picks for winter diving holidays to escape the UK winter to the world's most stylish dive destinations.

Diving in Style Responsibly - How and Where?

What exactly is eco diving or snorkelling? To qualify as an 'eco dive resort' the guiding issue is that the hotel should have a minimal impact on the environment. And so it is the same with divers and snorkellers who can tend to treat the sea and the coral reefs as an endlessly renewable…

Get Out of that Rut

It seemed that there was little to differentiate one year from another: get up, go to work, come home and then occasionally go on holiday. And so it went on until one day I really woke up and decided we needed a change, a real change, as a rut had opened under the wheels of our lives as we…

Tim's Top Picks: Best Worldwide Snorkelling Destinations

In his ongoing series of blogs, Dive in Style author Tim Simond shares his top destinations for snorkelling.

Tim’s Top Five: ‘If I Had Just Five Trips Left in Me’

In this blog, part of a series by Dive in Style author Tim Simond, he presents his top five destinations where people can experience world-class diving at the same time as staying in some of the world's most stylish hotels.

So Just What is Dive in Style?

In the second of a series of regular blogs, Tim Simond, Dive in Style author and founder, explains exactly what is meant by Dive in Style.

Twenty Years Too Late

In a series of regular blogs, Dive in Style author and founder, Tim Simond, will discuss the why and what of Dive in Style, and will share his experiences of the resorts and dive sites we feature at Dive in Style.

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