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sperm whales
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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…

Wakatobi house reef, Indonesia
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 4th June, 2018

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…

red sea in egypt reef
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 1st June, 2018

Family Diving

  • Gozo
  • Grenada
  • Mozambique
  • Maldives
  • Komodo
  • Southern Red Sea
  • Oman
  • The Azores
  • Seychelles

There are few better ways to bond with your children than while diving. Obviously you can't natter away on the dive itself, but when you're back in the boat or on the beach, reliving the dive with a wide-eyed youngster can be a magical experience. The good news (and something a lot of…

clownfish coral reef fiji
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 21st May, 2018

Just The Two Of Us

  • Tanzania
  • Fiji
  • Bohol
  • East Bali
  • Lombok
  • Maldives
  • French Polynesia
  • Seychelles

If 'Before Sunrise', 'Lost in Translation' and 'Casablanca' have taught us anything, it's that all great romances happen abroad. And it's no coincidence that most of the best dive destinations are in some of the most beautiful corners of the world. Whether you're celebrating a special…

diving off the grid
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 3rd May, 2018

Get Off The Grid

  • Costa Rica
  • Komodo
  • Chuuk Lagoon
  • Southern Red Sea
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pemba Island

Are you a slave to your smartphone? Can't get through a meal without checking your emails? Fingers twitch if you're not scouring through social media? We're sorry to tell you, but you're addicted to the internet. Luckily for you, we've got the remedy. Whether setting sail to new horizons or…

diving philippines
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 25th April, 2018

The Philippines Top Dive Sites

  • Philippines

Contrary to popular belief, Alex Garland's iconic 'The Beach' was actually based in the Philippines, not Thailand. And while the beaches are nothing short of heaven on earth, the diving is out of this world. From eerie Second World War wrecks to freshwater lakes, healthy coral reefs to…

Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 19th April, 2018

Gozo’s Top Dive Sites

  • Gozo
  • Europe

Malta's been hogging the headlines of all the travel features this year, from romantic regaling of Valletta's butterscotch streets (which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, don't you know) to poetic prose on the archipelago's eternal sunshine. But we think a rather large,…

Galapagos wildlife
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 6th April, 2018

Sun's Out

  • Maldives
  • French Polynesia
  • Gozo
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Komodo
  • The Azores
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Fiji

After somewhat questionable weather over Easter (for us Brits, anyway), the skies have finally cleared and a few brave souls have even stepped out in shorts. And with the faintest whiff of warmth in the air we're stuffing clothes into our suitcases faster than a millennial can text. But…

Great Barrier Reef
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 28th March, 2018

Reasons Australia Should Be On Your Radar

  • Australia

When we say Australia, no doubt images of kangaroos, didgeridoos and, er, Neighbours spring to mind. But Australia has so much more on offer. From emerald tropical rainforests and red outback sands to glistening white coastlines and, of course, some of the world's most iconic diving; if…

shoal of fish scuba diving
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 23rd March, 2018

The Gift Of Time

  • Mexico
  • Socorro Island
  • Baja California
  • Belize
  • Bali
  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Wakatobi
  • Komodo
  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Micronesia
  • Palau

Ever wish you could magic up a few extra days of holiday? Well, actually in May you can. And no, we're not suggesting there are now 375 days in the year or that we've secretly located the DeLorean from Back to the Future. With two Bank Holidays, if you take 14 days of holiday in between, you…