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Mediterranean sea from Gozo
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By Jacqui
On: 20th August, 2018

Diver’s Long Weekender

  • Gozo

As the eternal summer is drawing to an end and rainy days are starting to rear their head again, it's only natural to start yearning for your next diving adventure, and the great news is that if you are short of holiday days (as most travel enthusiasts tend to be eight months into the year)…

grouper diving Maldives
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By Jacqui
On: 14th August, 2018

Marine Conservation, It’s A Blue Thing: Part II

  • Maldives

The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) are a pretty marvellous bunch. Their chief mission is to tackle overfishing across the globe and they aim to place 30% of the world's oceans under protection by 2030. In part one of our Q&A with Vivienne Evans, BLUE's Maldives Project Manager, we…

scuba diving in the Laamu Atoll, Maldives
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By Jacqui
On: 10th August, 2018

Marine Conservation, It’s A Blue Thing: Part I

  • Maldives
  • Great Barrier Reef

Fish: they come in a kaleidoscope of colours and sizes, and whether alone or in a shimmering shoal dancing over reefs they're a delight to see on any dive, but are also essential to a healthy ocean. However, around 90% of global fish stocks are currently over-exploited, a problem Blue Marine…

sweetlips diving Raja Ampat
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By Jacqui
On: 30th July, 2018

Marine Reserves

  • Mexico
  • Seychelles
  • Palau
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Raja Ampat
  • Mafia Island

Blue belts. Nope, we haven't taken up karate and we're not advertising a new fashion trend, we are in fact referring to the UK Government announcing the expansion of protected coastal 'blue belt' marine areas surrounding the British Isles. Another excellent step on the ladder to conserving…

diving whales on Blue Planet 2
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By Jacqui
On: 25th July, 2018

Sarah Conner: Across Ice And Tropics

There aren't many people who can list diving with orcas in Norway, descending into eerie ice worlds in Greenland, technicolour coral reefs in Raja Ampat and being dwarfed by blue whales, pilot whales and sperm whales in the deep blue as part of a day's work. Scientist, producer and diving…

sperm whales
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By Jacqui
On: 12th July, 2018

Behind The Scenes of Blue Planet II

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Baja California
  • The Azores
  • Borneo
  • Maldives

Ever wonder how the team at the BBC's Blue Planet II found out about the bird-eating fish? How on earth they managed to film the creepy bobbit worm lurking in the seafloor? How many hours they spent underwater (hint: a lot)? Us too. That's why we hosted a rather marvellous evening (if we say…

Benguerra archipelago
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By Jacqui
On: 6th July, 2018

Marooned in Mozambique

  • Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Africa

Ever dreamed of being marooned on a desert island? Well, I have the perfect way to do it, in style, comfort and total bliss!

macro diving
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By Jacqui
On: 2nd July, 2018

Summer Escapes

  • Indonesia
  • Gozo
  • Tanzania
  • Philippines
  • Fiji
  • Maldives
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines

The Great British Summer: burnt barbecues, questionable tan lines, extreme pollen forecasts and endless drivel on the TV (we're looking at you, Love Island). It's a surprise anyone wants to go abroad really… For those who are looking to escape though, there is still some last minute…

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By Jacqui
On: 18th June, 2018

An Oasis In The Red Sea

  • Southern Red Sea

I have been lucky enough to dive in some incredible spots around the world but up until last year, I had never made it to the Red Sea so I was extremely excited when I had the opportunity to visit the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, a firm favourite of ours at Original Travel and Original Diving. My…

Wakatobi house reef, Indonesia
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By Jacqui
On: 4th June, 2018

Top Nine Destinations for Shore Diving

  • Wakatobi
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Maldives
  • Dumaguete and Dauin
  • Bonaire
  • Gozo
  • Southern Red Sea
  • Fiji
  • Northern Sulawesi

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…