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Blue shark
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By Jacqui
On: 22nd February, 2018

The Azores Best Dive Sites

  • The Azores

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…

diving in egypt
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By Jacqui
On: 9th February, 2018

Short Haul Winter Diving Destinations

  • Egypt
  • Gozo
  • Oman
  • The Azores
  • Northern Red Sea
  • Southern Red Sea

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…

Valentine's day holiday
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By Jacqui
On: 30th January, 2018

A Valentine’s Day To Remember

  • Tanzania
  • Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Belize
  • Raja Ampat
  • Bora Bora
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Bahamas

Red roses, chocolate hearts and cards adorned with cupid: love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is approaching and nothing says romance better than a luxury escape à deux. Whether marooned on a desert island (complete with luxurious creature comforts, naturally), setting sail into the…

diving in Mexico
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By Jacqui
On: 2nd January, 2018

Where We've Been In 2017

It's that time of the year again. The Michael Bublé CD is back in hibernation, we've sampled every Turkey leftover dish ever invented and - for some unknown reason - we are all feeling a little more rotund. As we get ready to enter 2018, we've been reflecting on the past year, which has been…

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By Jacqui
On: 14th December, 2017

Dive With The Big Fish

  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • Socorro Island

With so much environmental doom and gloom in the news these days, the recent unveiling of North America's largest ocean reserve, the Revillagigedo archipelago, has been something of a ray of light. Spanning a staggering 57,176 square miles and made up of four volcanic islands, the protection…

Malta and Gozo diving
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By Jacqui
On: 8th December, 2017

Dive into 2018

  • Western Australia
  • Gozo
  • Grenada
  • Oman
  • Fiji
  • The Azores
  • Maldives

Today was particularly hard. It all started when the alarm went off while it was still dark outside and got progressively worse as we gingerly stuck one toe out from under the duvet and it felt like we'd been transported overnight to Antarctica. Then there was the seemingly endless cycle of…

Diving in Alor, Indonesia
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By Jacqui
On: 30th November, 2017

Indonesia’s Final Frontier: Alor

  • Alor
  • Indonesia

Arriving into Alor you can just feel that you are in for something special. There is something so tantalising for a diver about arriving at a destination surrounded only by locals and I think that's when you know in for a treat - unspoiled reefs, charming people and a wealth of dive sites…

Blue Planet 2 inspired holidays
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By Jacqui
On: 16th November, 2017

Coral Reefs

  • Tufi
  • Southern Red Sea
  • Taveuni
  • Pemba Island
  • Raja Ampat

We were particularly excited for this week's episode of Blue Planet 2, which took us underwater to explore the most diverse marine ecosystems: coral reefs. Despite covering less than one percent of the Earth's surface, these submarine cities support a staggering 25 percent of all marine…

Bobtail squid Blue Planet 2
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By Jacqui
On: 9th November, 2017

The Deep

Oh Attenborough, you never cease to amaze us. Last week's Blue Planet was a valuable lesson in marine life intelligence (read: they're smart), this week you've gone all intergalactic… but underwater. Apparently we know more about Mars than the depths of our own seas and, to labour our lack…

marine life diving vacations
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By Jacqui
On: 2nd November, 2017

One Ocean

  • Baja California
  • Southern Red Sea
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Mozambique
  • Komodo

A man stands in solitude at the front of a ship, peering over the horizon pensively. Jack? Waiting for Rose? Thankfully this isn't Titanic and the only 'I'm flying' scene was from the marine life (bird-eating fish, anyone?). Sir David Attenborough and his dulcet tones have returned to take…