Life is in the Detail

For a Blue Planet experience like no other, dive Condor Bank in the Azores between July and September for close encounters with curious blue sharks, mako sharks and dolphins.

Hailed as the soft coral capital of the world, diving in Fiji is like entering a kaleidoscope. Think: Great White Wall, Rainbow Reef and Yellow Wall.

Combine Oman’s dramatic underwater topography and soup of marine life with the quintessential paradise of the Maldives archipelago, and become well acquainted with whale sharks and manta rays while you're at it.

Only reached by liveaboard, the remote Socorro islands are a spectacular spot for ‘big fish’ encounters, with giant (very friendly) manta rays, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and ten species of shark.

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Coral in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

Ruins on the beach in Riviera Maya

Mexico

Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.

Picture of The Silolona

Silolona

Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.

Aerial view of Laucala Island

Laucala Island Resort

The Laucala Island Resort in Fiji is without a doubt one of the world’s top island resorts and once there it is easy to see why. It is very, very special.

Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Sitting on the edge of the Red Sea, Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is an oasis of Egyptian decadence and with a certified PADI dive centre offering a wealth of courses, the resort is a luxurious haven for divers.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Indonesia

Home to some of the best diving on earth, incredible landscapes and world class hotels, Indonesia is one of our favourite countries. There are some 17,000 islands to choose from but we know the very best spots to head to.

Beach Umbrella, Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Diver in the Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

Micronesia Rock Islands

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Turtle Waving

Galapagos Archipelago

Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.

Fijian Island, Aerial

Fiji

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Bahamas City view

Bahamas

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

Set in the remote Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi, offers a Robinson Crusoe-style escape. The epitome of barefoot luxury, adhere to a ‘no news, no shoes’ policy and revel in some of the best water-based adventures in the Maldives.

Red Sea Beach, Egypt

Northern Red Sea

Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.

Picture of Tent Private Dive Safari

Private Dive Safari

Private tented camps, yachts and diving are what make this trip so special. You just can’t get it anywhere else.

Tanzanian Sunset

Tanzania

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Clownfish, Wakatobi

Wakatobi

With some of the most pristine reefs on earth, Wakatobi is paradise for those that love coral and the small stuff - particularly the pygmy seahorse!

Fighting Komodo Dragons

Komodo

Komodo is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.

Diving off Babeldoab Island

Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

Amanpulo

Amanpulo

Amanpulo Resort is Pamalican Island. The name means ‘peaceful island’, and it’s easy to see why. Pamalican’s 250 pristine acres are totally tranquil, with nothing but the luxurious 40-room hideaway, verdant vegetation, exotic bird life and what must be one of the planet’s all-time greatest beaches, a seemingly endless stretch of the finest white powder sloping into clear turquoise waters.

Picture of the garden at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons

Backed by the Sinai Mountains and faced with panoramas of the Red Sea, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is reminiscent of an Arabian palace.

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Diving in the Caribbean

It's a strange quirk of fate, but the best diving in the Caribbean is almost exclusively in the more out of the way corners of the West Indies. So, much as we love Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Barts and the rest of the big hitters, their diving just doesn't cut the…

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A Warm Winter

Winter might seem like a lifetime away but time has a way of creeping up on you. And when the nights get longer and temperatures start to plummet, we're here to give you that beacon of light that is a holiday. But with some of the best winter escape destinations filling up fast, organisation…

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New Kids On The Block

Regularly topping just about every 'top diving' list and hogging a number of world records for marine biodiversity, it's irrefutable that Raja Ampat, located in the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, is home to some of the best diving on earth. But the Coral Triangle is vast and varied, with a…

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Diver’s Long Weekender

As the eternal summer is drawing to an end and rainy days are starting to rear their head again, it's only natural to start yearning for your next diving adventure, and the great news is that if you are short of holiday days (as most travel enthusiasts tend to be eight months into the year)…

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Marine Conservation, It’s A Blue Thing: Part II

The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) are a pretty marvellous bunch. Their chief mission is to tackle overfishing across the globe and they aim to place 30% of the world's oceans under protection by 2030. In part one of our Q&A with Vivienne Evans, BLUE's Maldives Project Manager, we…

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Marine Conservation, It’s A Blue Thing: Part I

Fish: they come in a kaleidoscope of colours and sizes, and whether alone or in a shimmering shoal dancing over reefs they're a delight to see on any dive, but are also essential to a healthy ocean. However, around 90% of global fish stocks are currently over-exploited, a problem Blue Marine…

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Marine Reserves

Blue belts. Nope, we haven't taken up karate and we're not advertising a new fashion trend, we are in fact referring to the UK Government announcing the expansion of protected coastal 'blue belt' marine areas surrounding the British Isles. Another excellent step on the ladder to conserving…

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Sarah Conner: Across Ice And Tropics

There aren't many people who can list diving with orcas in Norway, descending into eerie ice worlds in Greenland, technicolour coral reefs in Raja Ampat and being dwarfed by blue whales, pilot whales and sperm whales in the deep blue as part of a day's work. Scientist, producer and diving…

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Behind The Scenes of Blue Planet II

Ever wonder how the team at the BBC's Blue Planet II found out about the bird-eating fish? How on earth they managed to film the creepy bobbit worm lurking in the seafloor? How many hours they spent underwater (hint: a lot)? Us too. That's why we hosted a rather marvellous evening (if we say…

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Marooned in Mozambique

Ever dreamed of being marooned on a desert island? Well, I have the perfect way to do it, in style, comfort and total bliss!

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Summer Escapes

The Great British Summer: burnt barbecues, questionable tan lines, extreme pollen forecasts and endless drivel on the TV (we're looking at you, Love Island). It's a surprise anyone wants to go abroad really… For those who are looking to escape though, there is still some last minute…

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Diving The Galapagos

This year I turn 30. At the start of the year I decided that it was going to be a big year for me; figure out my five year plan, set some challenges, say 'yes' to as much as possible and go on some unforgettable trips. The five year plan is still a work in progress, however I did say 'yes'…

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