Life is in the detail

For a different (and crowd free) take on a classic view – cross the Yamuna River at dusk to see the Taj Mahal glowing pink and reflected in the river.

Tom - Original Diver

Tom Barber

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, Far East and Europe.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Sudan. More pyramids than northerly neighbour Egypt and a miniscule fraction of the visitor numbers.
  • California for sheer diversity of special things to see and do.
  • Sao Tome & Principe, because it just sounds magical and unspoilt.

Best Moments

  • Diving Neptune's Arm off the coast of Mozambique and generally considered the best dive in the world. It didn't disappoint and we were surrounded by white tip reef sharks and groupers the size of Minis.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Travelling on my own for a bit in Nepal. Everyone says you should try it once, but for me it was completely over-rated - no offence to Nepal, which was fabulous!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Chicken hearts in Brazil. Bleeurch.

Explore my blog posts

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.

80 Senses #65 - Komodo Luxury Liveaboard Diving

The remote island of Komodo in Indonesia is that rarity, a National Park and a National Marine Park. Famous for the unspoilt nature of the reefs and marine life below the surface of the crystal clear waters, the island of Komodo itself is home to the eponymous dragon and dramatic landscapes.

Is Icelandic Volcano Ash Good for the Ocean?

It's been a hectic few days at Dive in Style HQ as the Original Travel team frantically try to ensure that all of our clients stranded abroad are getting the assistance they need.

New Edition of Dive in Style

We've been quiet for a while but now we're back.

The End of the Line?

A new film produced by a friend of ours at Dive in Style warns of the severe - and possibly irreversible - depletion of wild fish stocks in the world's oceans.

Belize Whale Shark Diving

Good news from our friends at the excellent Turtle Inn in Belize.

Dive, in Style

Whether you are a diver, a snorkeller or just want the best in beach holidays, the Dive in Style book marries the ultimate in hotels and resorts with amazing diving and snorkelling from around the world.

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