About Us

Life is in the detail

We are the only luxury travel company dedicated to creating original, bespoke diving holidays.

Our approach differs from other travel companies; we are a group of dedicated divers, marine biologists and travellers who take a creative approach to tailoring luxury diving holidays.

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We focus on you

Jacqui Brooks, Original Diver

We focus on understanding what you want from your holiday, from trips centred entirely around diving to holidays with the odd dive included here and there. No matter your level of dive experience and knowledge, we will tailor the perfect holiday to your requirements using a thoughtful approach, focused on the small details that make a big difference.

  • Pick up the phone or drop us an email to discover more
  • Pay us a visit for a cup of tea and a chat
  • Or we can come to you, equipped with maps and unique ideas
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We remove the stress from travel planning

Kate Little, Original Diver

Our aim is to make sure every detail of your holiday is planned to perfection by working with you to hone and finesse your itinerary to your exact requirements, from ensuring logistics like transfers and guides run like clockwork to giving you access to experiences the average traveller wouldn't find. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy your Original Diving holiday.

  • You will receive a beautifully crafted itinerary containing all of your travel documents, all you need to do is bring your passport

We’re here for you from start to finish

Oliver Rodwell, Original Diver

We're here for you for every step of the journey, whether you need last-minute tips during your trip, or in the unlikely event something unexpected happens, we have a 24 hour helpline.

Our Story

Eighteen years old and counting (sort of, if you count Original Travel, our parent company). Find out how we got where we are today.


The three founders of Original Travel leave the City, the Army and Fleet Street and the Big Short Break is born.

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Tim Simond, property mogul, handsome devil and soon-to-be best-selling author, decides he needs a break from the rat race and starts researching Dive in Style.


After lots of travel and lots of 'hard work', Tim Simond publishes Dive in Style. It goes on to sell over 50,000 copies and is translated into six languages. Original Travel starts offering diving...


Not to be outdone, Original Travel turns publisher, launching the Big Short Break coffee table book. Oh, and wins Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.


Tim Simond starts feeling like he just hasn't travelled enough so decides to write another Dive in Style. It really is a hard life.


The second edition of Dive in Style is published and Neill Ghosh makes a rash decision to leave his job and help launch and run Dive in Style, the tour operator.


As the company grows, so does what we offer and we rebrand as Original Diving. Now the Original brands are one big happy family.


We're still here, nearly five years on, and still growing strong. Selling our holidays in the UK, America, Spain, France...here's to the next five years and beyond!

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Who we are

We're seasoned travellers who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create memorable trips and experiences.


Olivia Lee

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Tom Barber

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Neill Ghosh

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Jacqui Brooks

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Emily Dundas

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Kate Little

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Oliver Rodwell

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A different kind of workplace

A Different Kind of Workplace: Our dynamic team now numbers 60 in a lovely office in Putney, London. We take enormous pride in our team, and go to great lengths to engender their pride in the business.

Asia & Diving Sales Consultant: We are excited to be recruiting a new Sales Consultant for our Asia & Diving Sales team. Our key requirement is someone who is passionate about, and experienced in, diving. Knowledge of, and a willingness to learn about, worldwide dive destinations is a key requirement. Original Diving, as part of the Original Travel family, is the foremost provider of high-end bespoke diving holidays in the UK and beyond. Our Diving portfolio covers diving destinations worldwide, with a large proportion of our business for travel within Asia, and so knowledge and experience of dive locations in the Far East is preferable. In terms of diving experience, the successful candidate should have a demonstrable passion for diving with a minimum Rescue Diver qualification (Divemaster or Instructor would be preferred), or Advanced Open Water with ideally 200+ logged dives. This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be passionate about diving and travel, be highly organised, driven, be an excellent communicator, and clearly understand our customers' needs. We are inviting applications both externally and also internally. Candidates need not be UK citizens. For more information or to apply for the role, please email jacqui@originaltravel.co.uk by Monday 28th June.

Africa Sales Consultant: We are excited to be recruiting a specialist to join our Africa Sales team. Our key requirements are passion for Africa and the Middle East and knowledge of key destinations. We will consider people with solid general knowledge of the regions or people with specialised knowledge in subregions or countries. We would be particularly interested in candidates with experience of Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, particularly Oman, Jordan, and Israel. As a company, our goal is to offer detailed itineraries, organised by true specialists, and delivered with a service that is above and beyond that being offered by any competitor. We seek candidates who feel they can support this vision. This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be passionate about Africa and the Middle East, be highly organised, driven, be an excellent communicator, and clearly understand our customers' needs. We are inviting applications both externally and internally. For more information or to apply for the role, please email isabel@originaltravel.co.uk by Monday 28th June.

Original Travel and Original Diving (together 'Original Travel') have become aware that members of the public are receiving emails which contain fraudulent employment opportunities with Original Travel. We are taking appropriate legal action. These emails often contain fake offers of employment requesting personal information or payment to process a job application or payment to process visas. Please note that Original Travel never requests payment or fees for the processing of job applications.

How to recognise a fraudulent offer of employment?
Original Travel email addresses always end in "@originaltravel.co.uk or @originaldiving.com" Our recruitment department will never email you from personal email accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail. All genuine Original Travel vacancies are advertised on our About Us page. Original Travel will always conduct an interview process before determining a suitable candidate for a job vacancy. Therefore, offers of employment without any form of interview are most likely to be a fraudulent offer. Original Travel never requests payment or fees for job applications.

If you have never applied for a job vacancy with Original Travel or via a reputable recruitment agency, you should be cautious of random emails offering you employment.

Discover what makes us different

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable dive experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to when you return

  • Efficient and friendly service
  • Flexible and hassle free
  • Passionate, honest experts
  • Value and prices
  • Unparalleled support
  • Don’t just take our word for it

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