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Charlotte Dunn

A little present wrapped in blue paper with a yellow bow sitting on the sand

By Charlotte
On: 20th May, 2024

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…

Close image of a pygmy seahorse sitting on light pink coral

By Charlotte
On: 13th May, 2024

Our Team’s Best Dives

  • Raja Ampat
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Maldives
  • Bohol
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Egypt
  • Lembeh Strait

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…

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

By Charlotte
On: 29th April, 2024

Endemic Species and Where to Find Them

  • Mexico
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Ecuador & the Galapagos
  • Australia

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…

High angle shot of the small lush islands of Indonesia

By Charlotte
On: 22nd April, 2024

The World's Best Island-Hopping Itineraries

  • Bahamas
  • Indonesia
  • French Polynesia
  • Philippines
  • Tanzania

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.

Diving BCD hanging up to dry with wetsuits on the rail behind it

By Charlotte
On: 15th April, 2024

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…

Underwater photography of tropical reef species in Papua New Guinea

By Charlotte
On: 8th April, 2024

The World’s Best Scuba Diving Sites

  • Mexico
  • Raja Ampat
  • Philippines
  • Fiji
  • Ecuador & the Galapagos
  • Micronesia
  • Maldives
  • Tanzania
  • Komodo

The ocean is just one gigantic blue playground with over 4,000 current dive sites. We're sure that you'd love to tick off every destination, but just in case you don't have that much time on your fins, we've compiled a list of the world's best diving. From sharks to shrimp, reefs to walls,…

A large camera sits on a rock on the shoreline of an ocean during sunset.

By Charlotte
On: 18th March, 2024

The 14 Best Diving Films

When you're desperate to submerge, but currently landbound, sometimes a good diving film has to suffice. The ocean has appeared on the big screen for decades, captivating audiences with stunning seascapes, delightful marine characters and thrilling underwater adventures. Whether you want to…

Arctic Icebergs Greenland in the arctic sea with an orange sky at sunset

By Charlotte
On: 11th March, 2024

Warm vs Cold Water Diving

Diving enthusiasts often find themselves torn between the allure of tropical paradises with their warm, inviting waters and the mystique of colder climates, where an entirely different underwater adventure awaits. Some think that there is more adventure in the quieter less explored cold…

Water level photo showing a boat on the surface with a diver below in blue waters

By Charlotte
On: 4th March, 2024

Boat vs Shore Diving

  • Philippines
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Maldives
  • Cocos Island
  • Micronesia
  • Bali

When it comes to diving discourse, one of the age-old debates is: boat vs shore diving? Most of us learned to dive from shore and as we gain confidence and experience, we seek adventures in the deeper end - by jumping off a boat into the big blue to discover new dive sites. That being said,…

Dewi Nusantara liveaboard boat sailing in Indonesia

By Charlotte
On: 26th February, 2024

Liveaboard v’s Land-based diving holidays

It's 6am, the hues of the morning sun are dancing across the glassy sea. Right below you a black tip reef shark is gently circling the boat. You grab your mask and slip into the water alongside him. For a few precious moments it's just you and him in the water. This is the magic of a…