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
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.
Whether travelling with young kids or a grown family, we have found the ultimate family diving destinations for you.
Find the perfect romantic destination for your diving honeymoon. We have found quite a few.
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.
Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.
Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.
Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.
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.
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.
Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.
Private tented camps, yachts and diving are what make this trip so special. You just can’t get it anywhere else.
Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.
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 is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.
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.
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…