Emily Chappell

Hammerhead shark

By Emily C
On: 8th April, 2024

Top Ten Hammerhead Shark Facts

Hammerhead sharks are one of the most recognisable ocean creatures and perhaps the most distinctive of all shark species, largely thanks to their strangely-shaped heads - known as a cephalofoil. Found in the warm waters around Central America, Southern America, Africa, Asia, and Australia,…

a coral grouper with small yellow reef fish among coral in the Seychelles

By Emily C
On: 19th March, 2024

Just Back From… The Outer Alphonse Islands of the Seychelles

  • Seychelles

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit the remote and untouched Alphonse Island - one of the outer islands of the Seychelles. Located one hour away by plane from the main island of Mahe, Alphonse sits in prime position to offer the chance to encounter myriad marine species, from…

denise pygmy seahorse camouflaged on pink coral in Raja Ampat

By Emily C
On: 17th January, 2024

Just back from…. Lembeh Resort and Papua Paradise, North Raja Ampat

  • Lembeh Strait
  • Raja Ampat
  • Indonesia

Toward the end of 2023 one of our Original Divers, Emily, was lucky enough to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Lembeh and Raja Ampat. The latter has long occupied the top spot of her diving bucket list, with its pellucid turquoise waters, hidden lagoons and out-of-this-world sea…


By Emily C
On: 9th August, 2023

A Visit to the Islands of Tanzania: Pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia Island

  • Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast
  • Tanzania
  • Mafia Island
  • Pemba Island
  • Zanzibar

Mention travelling in Tanzania and chances are you'll be quizzed on which safari reserve you're visiting. Yet this East African marvel harbours just as much diversity off its shores. Contrary to those who like to spend their holidays on dry land, my recent visit to Tanzania took me on an…


By Emily C
On: 6th June, 2023

Top Ten Nudibranch Facts

  • Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Australia
  • French Polynesia
  • Palau

From the bright red Spanish dancer to Hopkins's rose nudibranch, neon green leaf sheep nudibranch - otherwise known as 'Shawn the Sheep' -, and the orange-peel Doris nudibranch, fabulously coloured nudibranchs have amassed a cult-like following among divers. Hailed as the 'Jewels of the…

coral fragment

By Emily C
On: 6th June, 2023

Top Ten Coral Facts

From long, wispy strands of sea whip coral to coral-encrusted walls, and from shallow patches of lettuce leaf corals to the bulbous grooved brain coral, coral reefs are the pièce de résistance for many divers. After all, these underwater cities offer some of the best animal viewing on the…

Reef, fish and diver

By Emily C
On: 5th June, 2023

Top Five Biodiverse Destinations for Divers

  • Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Philippines
  • Egypt

From Alaska to the Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica to the Serengeti, the world's topside treasures are regularly touted for their extraordinary biodiversity. Yet despite covering a whopping 70% of the planet, the ocean rarely gets a shoutout. In fact, 80% of the world's life is found in the…


By Emily C
On: 1st June, 2023

Top Ten Weird and Wonderful Frogfish Facts

  • Indonesia
  • Raja Ampat
  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Philippines
  • Mexico

From hairy to warty, psychedelic to shaggy, few fish are stranger in appearance than the frogfish. But make no mistake, these camouflaged critters are dressed to kill. From masquerading as coral to boasting the fastest strike in the ocean, frogfish are the masters of aggressive mimicry. So…

Gozo diving

By Emily C
On: 13th April, 2023

Five of Our Top Dive Sites in Gozo

  • Gozo
  • Malta

Only a three to four hour flight from most European airports, Gozo is the perfect destination for a short summer break. With sun, sea and brilliant diving, and suitable for both beginner and advanced divers looking for a fix of wrecks, caves and caverns, Gozo has a repertoire to impress any…


By Emily C
On: 16th March, 2023

How To Spend Your Dry Days in Sulawesi

  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Indonesia

Having visited Northern Sulawesi last year, our resident marine biologist and dive expert, Emily, knows the appeal of the dreamy wall dives filled with turtles in Bunaken and the critter hub of Lembeh, and knows that a diver can happily be occupied for hours on end underwater here. But what…