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Turtle Under Water

By Lizzie
On: 13th March, 2019

Best Places to Swim and Dive with Turtles

  • Turks & Caicos
  • Muscat
  • Tanzania
  • Seychelles
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines

Glimpsing a green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp's Ridley, Olive Ridley or flatback on a dive can bring a smile to the face of the most stoical of divers. And while sea turtles can be found in all oceans (except the Arctic) throughout the year, here is our pick of the top spots to…

Hammerhead Shark

By Lizzie
On: 6th March, 2019

The World's Top 10 Dive Sites

  • Raja Ampat
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Rangiroa
  • Milne Bay
  • Maldives
  • Taveuni
  • Indonesia
  • The Azores
  • Cocos Island
  • Belize

The term 'bucket list' was first coined in 1941 by famous explorer John Goddard, who at the ripe old age of 15 listed everything he wanted to achieve in life. Since then, the concept has spread across the globe, evolving with each generation to include everything from milking a poisonous…

Manta Ray

By Lizzie
On: 1st March, 2019

Top Five Places to Dive with Manta Rays

  • Mexico
  • Maldives
  • Micronesia
  • Indonesia
  • Palau

Majestic mantas feature high on the priority list for many divers. The most elegant member of the ray family is equally at home gliding effortlessly in the most challenging of currents or floating serenely at a cleaning station. And with the largest brain-to-body ratio of any shark or ray,…

coral reef, Papua New Guinea

By Lizzie
On: 20th February, 2019

Where to dive in May

  • Fiji
  • Palau
  • Philippines
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Raja Ampat
  • Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Socorro Island

Our wonderful planet is made up of over 71% water which, when you tally up the average British holiday allowance (28 days in case you're interested), means you would need several lifetimes (official stat) to explore the watery world. Sadly, we don't have the recipe for the elixir of life,…

the alexa private charter, Indonesia

By Lizzie
On: 13th February, 2019

Romantic Escapes

  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Tanzania
  • Oman
  • Fiji

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone celebrates Valentine's Day with Hallmark. In Wales, star-crossed lovers cement their love with wooden spoons while Japanese colleagues exchange 'obligation chocolate'. South Korea covers all bases with a day dedicated to men, women and singletons…

Hammerhead close up

By Lizzie
On: 6th February, 2019

Top Six Places to Dive With Hammerheads

  • Bimini
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Cocos Island
  • Rangiroa
  • Socorro Island
  • Seychelles

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.

diving alor, Indonesia

By Lizzie
On: 22nd January, 2019

Your Yearly Planner

  • Philippines
  • Egypt
  • Grenada
  • Indonesia
  • Iceland
  • French Polynesia
  • Mozambique
  • The Azores
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Seychelles
  • Maldives

January: it's perpetually dark outside, the temperatures are less than peachy and many of us are miserably slogging through dry January. So, naturally, we're choosing to bypass all that and look straight ahead to all of the wonderful adventures you could have this year. From diving one of…

humpbacks swimming

By Lizzie
On: 18th January, 2019

Top Five Places for Humpback Whale Encounters

  • Ningaloo Reef
  • Western Australia
  • Australia
  • Mozambique
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • French Polynesia
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Caribbean
  • Socorro Island
  • Mexico

Humpback whales are some of the most beautiful, intriguing and inquisitive creatures in the ocean and regularly top divers' bucket lists the world over. And with good reason. Whether witnessing the casual flick of a tail or a gravity-defying breach; the thundering thwack of a belly flop or…

scuba diving, Iceland

By Lizzie
On: 21st December, 2018

Diving In A Winter Wonderland

  • Iceland

When considering a winter diving trip, exotic sun-draped, far-flung destinations usually spring to mind. And while we're all for a winter sun sojourn, we'd also like to throw another hat into the ring: the surreal, wild wonderland of Iceland. So to put the theory to the test, Louisa and I…

diving in socorro

By Lizzie
On: 5th December, 2018

Dive Into 2019

  • Seychelles
  • Socorro Island
  • Iceland
  • New Britain
  • Belize
  • Alor
  • Komodo

As the nights draw in, the temperature drops (we had a good run) and businesses start to compete for the best Christmas TV ad (move aside Elton, Waitrose's Stollen takes the crown), the festive season is upon us. So, naturally, we've decided to bypass all of that and look straight ahead to…