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

We remove the stress from travel planning

Eleanor Seagle, 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

Emily Chappell, 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.

Emily Chappell

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Eleanor Seagle

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Alexandra Hsiu Chu Hill

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Rachel Gaw

Rachel Gaw

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Charlotte Dunn

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Tom Barber

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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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Interested in working with us?

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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.

We don't have any current vacancies but if you would love to join our team of diving enthusiasts then please get in touch and send us a copy of your CV


We are recruiting for a number of positions with Original Travel, view positions.

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

What makes us different?