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Lizzie Shipley

Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 12th September, 2018

Diving in the Caribbean

  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Bonaire
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • British Virgin Islands

It's a strange quirk of fate, but the best diving in the Caribbean is almost exclusively in the more out of the way corners of the West Indies. So, much as we love Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Barts and the rest of the big hitters, their diving just doesn't cut the…

The Arenui liveaboard
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 4th September, 2018

A Warm Winter

  • Gozo
  • Oman
  • Egypt
  • Belize
  • Maldives
  • Seychelles
  • Grenada
  • Tanzania
  • Philippines
  • Raja Ampat

Winter might seem like a lifetime away but time has a way of creeping up on you. And when the nights get longer and temperatures start to plummet, we're here to give you that beacon of light that is a holiday. But with some of the best winter escape destinations filling up fast, organisation…

fish on coral reef in Raja Ampat
Lizzie

By Lizzie
On: 30th August, 2018

New Kids On The Block

  • Alor
  • New Britain
  • Komodo
  • Seychelles
  • Raja Ampat

Regularly topping just about every 'top diving' list and hogging a number of world records for marine biodiversity, it's irrefutable that Raja Ampat, located in the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, is home to some of the best diving on earth. But the Coral Triangle is vast and varied, with a…

grouper diving Maldives
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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
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…

macro diving
Lizzie

By Lizzie
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…

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…