Set Sail in Raja Ampat

Set Sail in Raja Ampat

Exploring Raja Ampat by liveaboard (like the beautiful Silolona) allows you to access some of the most remote, and spectacular, dive sites in the coral triangle, if not the world. Just make sure you pack your Go Pro. Don’t have one? Borrow ours.

India - Original Diver. Raja Ampat

Safari and Scuba

Spend a week exploring the Serengeti for the Big Five before swimming with whale sharks off Mafia Island, which are guaranteed between October and April.

The Original Diving Team. Tanzania

Life is in the Detail

Belize houses some of the most diverse diving in the Caribbean. Descend into the mysterious Blue Hole, explore the healthy corals of the Lighthouse Reef and spot manatees in Placencia.

Amy - Original Diver. Belize

Discover the Red Sea

Reached by liveaboard, Elphinstone is one of my favourite dive sites in the Red Sea. Drift past beautiful soft corals, huge shoals of fish and best of all, oceanic white tip sharks.

Louisa - Head of Diving. Egypt

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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.

Family Snorkelling in Malaysia

Family Diving

Whether travelling with young kids or a grown family, we have found the ultimate family diving destinations for you.

Beach Walkway at Sunset, Maldives

Honeymoon Diving

Find the perfect romantic destination for your diving honeymoon. We have found quite a few.

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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Dive into 2018

Today was particularly hard. It all started when the alarm went off while it was still dark outside and got progressively worse as we gingerly stuck one toe out from under the duvet and it felt like we'd been transported overnight to Antarctica. Then there was the seemingly endless cycle of…

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Indonesia’s Final Frontier: Alor

Arriving into Alor you can just feel that you are in for something special. There is something so tantalising for a diver about arriving at a destination surrounded only by locals and I think that's when you know in for a treat - unspoiled reefs, charming people and a wealth of dive sites…

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A Plastic-Free Ocean

As well as once again marvelling at Sir David Attenborough's brilliance and the ocean's beauty during this week's episode of Blue Planet II, we were also left heart-broken by the whale in mourning for its dead calf, poisoned by plastic in her milk, and the turtle struggling to free itself…

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Coral Reefs

We were particularly excited for this week's episode of Blue Planet 2, which took us underwater to explore the most diverse marine ecosystems: coral reefs. Despite covering less than one percent of the Earth's surface, these submarine cities support a staggering 25 percent of all marine…

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The Deep

Oh Attenborough, you never cease to amaze us. Last week's Blue Planet was a valuable lesson in marine life intelligence (read: they're smart), this week you've gone all intergalactic… but underwater. Apparently we know more about Mars than the depths of our own seas and, to labour our lack…

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One Ocean

A man stands in solitude at the front of a ship, peering over the horizon pensively. Jack? Waiting for Rose? Thankfully this isn't Titanic and the only 'I'm flying' scene was from the marine life (bird-eating fish, anyone?). Sir David Attenborough and his dulcet tones have returned to take…

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Diving The Cenotes Of Mexico

Diving in Mexico's cenotes is rather different from your average dive. Formed when soft limestone collapses, cenotes are essentially sinkholes connected by a labyrinth of secret underground caverns. Why is diving them so special? Aside from the pure thrill of cave diving, the water is so…

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Don't Miss The Boat...

We love to plan. In fact, we have a rather large, rather worn map hung with pride in our office. We like to cover it in post-it notes scribbled with recommendations, draw frantic highlighter lines across its vast oceans and riddle its landmarks with pins as we argue over the best places to…

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Halloween Dive Sites

It's nearly that time of year again, the last hurdle for commercialised companies before we're bombarded with miles of tinsel, advent calendars and Mariah Carey on repeat. As shops burst at the seams with Halloween tack, this year we invite you to forget trick or treaters, terrible costumes…

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The Undiscovered Dive Sites Of The Azores

When people think about diving in the Azores, inevitably the stars of the show are the offshore sites where you are bombarded with mobulas, manta rays, blue sharks and all manner of predatory species. But what happens when the sea isn't perfectly flat-calm? I went to visit early in June to…

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Cool Combos

Like jeans and a white t-shirt, gin and tonic, toast and marmite (discuss), some things are just better together. Never is this more true than with travelling; some combinations just work, from mixing critters with culture, history with hammerheads or safari with scuba. Because let's face…

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Winter Dive Escapes

As we wave goodbye to summer and the familiar grumbles on winter weather begin to take form, we're strong believers in escaping to pastures new to beat those troublesome winter blues. So we've taken up the role of exploring thousands of pristine beaches, staying in the most luxurious hotels…

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Very excitingly, Mexico has recently created the largest ocean reserve in North America, in the Revillagigedo archipelago. This protection zone will preserve the area’s unique biodiversity and is a huge positive for both the environment and us divers too. This area spans a staggering 57,176 square miles and is made up of four volcanic islands. Socorro, the largest of the volcanic islands, is one of our favourite diving spots – there are few other places in the world where you can dive with such an impressive array of the ‘big fish’. https://www.originaldiving.com/latin-america-antarctica/mexico/socorro

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We’re rather thrilled about the recent unveiling of North America’s largest ocean reserve, the… https://t.co/Jdf4cGlmNp

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Satirist Dave Barry once said ‘staying on top of the water is like standing outside the circus tent,’ and with two-… https://t.co/2KHDHhyDGP

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Can you guess where this is? Hint: it's closer than you think (for Europeans, anyway). Find out here: http://bit.ly/2BXxpDR)

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Probably the biggest potato grouper we’ve ever seen. Spotted by Original Diver Neill on his trip to Alphonse (alongside manta rays, silvertip and nurse sharks, tuna, napoleon wrasse and more turtles than he could count, in case you’re interested).

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Do you remember your first diving moments? Haven't tried? Start here: http://bit.ly/2AtEezU

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It can't just be us that is already thinking about where we want to go diving next year, and if you aren't yet, then perhaps we can provide some inspiration https://www.originaldiving.com/blog/2018-diving-destinations

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It can't just be us that is already thinking about where we want to go diving next year, and if you aren't yet, then perhaps we can provide some inspiration https://www.originaldiving.com/blog/2018-diving-destinations

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The question that's been on the end of everyone's lips...where to go diving in 2018 (hint: there's whale sharks involved)

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Did you know nudibranch are carnivores? They feast on algae, sponges, anemones, corals, barnacles, and even other nudibranchs, which not only nourish them but give them their wacky colouring. A photographer’s dream, spot these alien species in nutrient-rich volcanic sands and reefs around the world. Although one of our favourite places to dive with them is the remote Lembeh Strait of North-Eastern Sulawesi.

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Who do you think will win...?

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We’re rather jealous of Original Diver Jacqui who spent her morning having a whale of a time (sorry) with the Mafia Island Whale Sharks - Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters team on Mafia Island - that's a huge tick off the bucket list.

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