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Top Sailfish Facts

Sailfish are considered the Usain Bolt of the seas. Their impressive agility and striking appearance have captivated ocean lovers and sports fishers. Known for reaching up to 62 miles per hour and changing colour in the process, these magnificent creatures know a thing or two about…

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Just back from Western Australia

Our dive marketing guru, Charlotte, just returned from an epic trip to Western Australia. Like many divers, she has a bucket list of places and species she wants to explore, and this year she decided to tick off two: seeing whale sharks and road-tripping along Western Australia's coastline.…

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Top Ten Pufferfish Facts

Picture yourself suddenly ballooning into a spiky sphere whenever you feel a mix of nervousness and curiosity. That's just a typical day in the life of a puffer fish. And while they may be the world's most poisonous fish (when eaten) they're romantics at heart. Ready to learn more about…

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Top Ten Seahorse Facts

Seahorses are odd-looking creatures. These marine marvels have a head like a horse and a tail like a snake, they swim in an upright position and reject scales in favour of skin covered in mucous. Whether they're inspiring folklore, camouflaging themselves to avoid predators or curling their…

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The Top Five Dive Resorts in Indonesia

It's no secret that Indonesia is one of the best diving destinations on the planet. Located in the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, it's home to some of the world's healthiest coral reefs. And with thousands of islands scattered across the Indian and Pacific oceans, Indonesia accommodates…

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World's Best Budget Friendly Dive Destinations

When it comes to amazing dive holidays, you don't always need to spend an eye-watering amount to have the time of your life. From the idyllic islands of Southeast Asia to the coral cays of the Caribbean, there are plenty of places around the planet that offer world-class diving without…

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Birthday Gifts for a Diver

For the wreck heads, the muck dwellers, the coral admirers and the thrill-seeking divers in our lives, birthdays are a great time to stoke their passion for the ocean. Whether it's with a small gift to remind them of the big blue (we're thinking some shark socks), a bigger gift to get them…

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Our Team’s Best Dives

It's no secret that the Original Diving team loves the ocean. Collectively, we've got over 2,000 dives under our weight belts and have travelled far and wide to relieve our itchy fins. Along the way, we've collected memories and stories which we love to reminisce about. Join us as we take a…

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Just back from… the Red Sea

Is there a better feeling than waking up at sea? To throw back the curtains and see the glistening blue waters staring back at you. And knowing that the only thing to do that day is explore the reefs, walls and wrecks below them. Well, I can confirm that there is no better feeling,…

A marine iguana sitting on a rock at the waters edge in the Galapagos

Endemic Species and Where to Find Them

Many divers compile bucket lists filled with coveted sites and marine marvels, and often, we find ourselves going to particular sites in search of endemic species. These creatures are exclusive to specific geographic regions, adding to their allure, from the leafy sea dragon lurking in the…

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The World's Best Island-Hopping Itineraries

The world is big and the glorious challenge us travellers have is how to explore as much of it as possible with the limited holiday days you have each year. That's why we have created our list of the world's best island-hopping itineraries for the time poor, adventure-seeking dive addicts.

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How to Perfect Your Dive Kit

From foggy masks to leaky wetsuits, your gear can either make or break a dive. However, with an endless list of dive equipment, it can be challenging to know what to prioritise. For those starting out, there are a few bits of basic kit - a mask, snorkel and fins - that every diver should…

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Over the Rainbow: The Most Colourful Sea Creatures

The ocean realm is home to sea creatures of many shapes and sizes, but it is the kaleidoscope of colour that resides within the oceans that is the most striking characteristic to remind us of its awe-inspiring beauty. Colour can be used as territorial warnings, for mating purposes or it can…

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The Top Five Places To Learn To Dive

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Five of the Best House Reefs

Coral reefs are some of the world's most colourful and diverse ecosystems, and a hidden treasure to feast the eyes upon for any scuba diver and snorkeller. But why should you wait for a boat trip from your hotel when you can access these underwater Edens straight from the shores of your…

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Top 6 Places to Dive and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

As the ocean's largest fish whale sharks are found in tropical seas around the planet, making for some pretty comfortable dive conditions - unusual when diving, or snorkelling, for some of the ocean's bigger beasts. Yet despite being one of the most recognisable marine creatures, these…

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Top Six Places to Dive With Hammerheads

One of the most iconic of all species, hammerhead sharks should be swimming near the brim of any diver's bucket list. The fact that - unlike most sharks - scalloped hammerheads usually swim in huge schools only amplifies the spectacular experience of seeing them.

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The 10 Best Liveaboard Destinations

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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Diving The Galapagos

This year I turn 30. At the start of the year I decided that it was going to be a big year for me; figure out my five year plan, set some challenges, say 'yes' to as much as possible and go on some unforgettable trips. The five year plan is still a work in progress, however I did say 'yes'…

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Top Nine Destinations for Shore Diving

They (read: we) say the best things in life are but a few fin kicks from the beach. And here at Original Diving, we believe there are some pretty marvellous sights to be seen in the shallows. From some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs to magnificent wrecks, marvellous macro critters…

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Family Diving

There are few better ways to bond with your children than while diving. Obviously you can't natter away on the dive itself, but when you're back in the boat or on the beach, reliving the dive with a wide-eyed youngster can be a magical experience. The good news (and something a lot of…

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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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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…