Life is in the Detail

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.

India - Original Diver. The Azores

Enter the Kaleidoscope

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.

Amy - Original Diver . Fiji

Two for One

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.

Louisa - Head of Diving. Oman

Dive with the Big Fish

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.

Liz - Original Diver. Socorro Island

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There is a world of diving possibilities out there

Here are a few of our favourite diving experiences to get you started.

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


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

Picture of The 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


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


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


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


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


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

Bahamas City view


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


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

Clownfish, 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 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


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 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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Dispelling Scuba Diving Myths

We've heard many old wives' tales on scuba diving over the years, from man eating 25-foot killer sharks (thanks, Jaws) to balmy breathing exercises and the necessity to be an Olympic standard for swimming (you don't). So it's about time to set the record straight on some scuba diving myths…

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The crème de la crème of Maldives diving

An archipelago of coconut fringed islands that scatter the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has long tempted daydreams of Robinson Crusoe escapes, but dip below the glistening waters and the diving is just as inspiring. Although you will find healthy coral gardens in abundance, divers continue to…

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The Azores Best Dive Sites

Unique underwater topography characterised by big boulders, caverns and canyons; crystal clear visibility; mantas and mobulas; sharks and ship wrecks; macro life and much, much larger whales… and all in Europe. Yes, you heard right. Located a mere four hour flight from London, we think the…

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Top Dive Sites in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat has many names; Four Kings; the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle; the underwater Serengeti; the end of the rainbow (okay, that one was us), but no name can quite do justice to the diving in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Home to the highest marine biodiversity on earth, descending into…

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Short Haul Winter Diving Destinations

As we (at least those of us based in Europe) are slowly stepping into the cold of winter and dusting off our winter clothing, here at Original Diving, we've compiled our list of some top short-haul winter-come-spring diving destinations. Here's a selection of places you can get to for a…

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A Valentine’s Day To Remember

Red roses, chocolate hearts and cards adorned with cupid: love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is approaching and nothing says romance better than a luxury escape à deux. Whether marooned on a desert island (complete with luxurious creature comforts, naturally), setting sail into the…

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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.

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Diving Across Quintana Roo In Mexico

I have heard so many great things about Mexico and with a lot of my dive buddies having worked or currently working there I jumped at the chance to go with Original Diving for a research trip - and I wasn't disappointed. I have never seen such clear water as when you skim over the ocean…

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The Story of Milaidhoo

If your idea of paradise is a lush palm fringed island fringed by a deep powdery white sand beach, turquoise lagoon and coral reef teeming with multi-coloured tropical fish then the Maldives is the perfect destination for you. Add to that romantic five-star luxury, superb food, impeccable…

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Where We've Been In 2017

It's that time of the year again. The Michael Bublé CD is back in hibernation, we've sampled every Turkey leftover dish ever invented and - for some unknown reason - we are all feeling a little more rotund. As we get ready to enter 2018, we've been reflecting on the past year, which has been…

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Alphonse: No Mangoes, Lots of Diving

400km south of the main island of the Seychelles, Mahe, lies the remote Alphonse group of islands - Alphonse, Bijoutier and Saint-Francois. Look at the area on a map and you realise just how remote a location this is.

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Dive With The Big Fish

With so much environmental doom and gloom in the news these days, the recent unveiling of North America's largest ocean reserve, the Revillagigedo archipelago, has been something of a ray of light. Spanning a staggering 57,176 square miles and made up of four volcanic islands, the protection…

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