Hammerhead Triangle

Located 340 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the aptly named ‘hammerhead triangle’, Cocos Island’s nutrient-rich waters attract schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks which can reach their hundreds.

One of the most recognisable reef dwellers, female anemonefish can lay a few thousand eggs during the full moon, which are carefully safeguarded by the male until they hatch.

Bradford, in Kimbe Bay, has a resident school of around 1000 barracuda that spiral elegantly over the top of extraordinary pristine coral bommies alongside spectacular shoals of jack fish, tuna, reef sharks and cuttlefish.

Raja Ampat is the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, generally considered to be the best dive region in the world. At Cape Kri dive site, marine biologist Dr Allen counted an astonishing 374 species of fish.

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Coral 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 in the 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.

Fiji 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!

Komodo dragons, Indonesia

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 A Winter Wonderland

When considering a winter diving trip, exotic sun-draped, far-flung destinations usually spring to mind. And while we're all for a winter sun sojourn, we'd also like to throw another hat into the ring: the surreal, wild wonderland of Iceland. So to put the theory to the test, Louisa and I…

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The Philippines Has It All

With over 7,000 volcanic islands and islets, looking at diving in the Philippines can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe one of you loves wrecks while another is mad about wall diving? Perhaps you're looking for a bit of shark action or have an eye for the smaller stuff? Ready to sharpen up your…

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Dive Into 2019

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Beat the System

Question: do you consider yourself a canny operator (*taps nose and winks*)? Are you willing to buck the trend, go off-piste, roll the dice as it were? Well it's time to channel your inner wheeler dealer, à la Del Boy Trotter (perhaps without the dodgy gold medallions and morally ambiguous…

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The Top Five Places To Learn To Dive

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The Treasure Islands

What if we told you that Treasure Island was real? That hidden in the remote corners of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean lies an immense and intoxicating treasure trove. Okay, so there might not be booty but what those fabled buccaneers (read: we) did encounter was much, much better.…

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North America’s Best Diving In Socorro

After hearing about the Revillagigedo Archipelago (best known as Socorro) a couple of years ago, I knew I had to go. So when I found myself in Mexico this June I jumped at the chance, which I quickly discovered was worth any sea sickness from the 24-hour voyage after I entered the water for…

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Use It Or Lose It

Time flies, doesn't it? At the beginning of the year there's the resolution-fuelled vigour of dry January and flash-in-the-pan health kicks. Next up is nature's awakening in spring, followed by the rare but welcome heatwaves of summer (this year, anyway). And before you know it there's the…

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It's aboat (sorry) time we let you in on a little not-so-secret-secret about liveaboards - liveaboard diving allows you to boldly go to where no day trip has gone before, setting sail to some of the most remote, pristine dive sites in the world. It's the crème de la crème of dive…

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