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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…

Manta ray in maldives

By Lizzie
On: 16th November, 2018

Beat the System

  • Grenada
  • Seychelles
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Gozo
  • Philippines

Question: do you consider yourself a canny operator (*taps nose and winks*)? Are you willing to buck the trend, go off-piste, roll the dice as it were? Well it's time to channel your inner wheeler dealer, à la Del Boy Trotter (perhaps without the dodgy gold medallions and morally ambiguous…

Diving lesson

By Lizzie
On: 8th November, 2018

The Top Five Places To Learn To Dive

  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • Maldives
  • Gozo
  • Grenada

Divers are really astronauts; gliding weightless through the ocean we observe alien worlds carpeted in vast fields of colourful corals with equally bizarre, enthralling inhabitants - from the foreign clicks of dolphins communicating to minute technicolour slugs (nudibranch). And best yet,…

humpback whale and calf

By Lizzie
On: 1st November, 2018

The Treasure Islands

  • Socorro Island
  • Mexico
  • Cocos Island
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador & the Galapagos

What if we told you that Treasure Island was real? That hidden in the remote corners of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean lies an immense and intoxicating treasure trove. Okay, so there might not be booty but what those fabled buccaneers (read: we) did encounter was much, much better.…

sea turtle

By Lizzie
On: 9th October, 2018

Use It Or Lose It

  • Iceland
  • Egypt
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Mozambique
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Indonesia

Time flies, doesn't it? At the beginning of the year there's the resolution-fuelled vigour of dry January and flash-in-the-pan health kicks. Next up is nature's awakening in spring, followed by the rare but welcome heatwaves of summer (this year, anyway). And before you know it there's the…

liveaboard diving at sunrise

By Lizzie
On: 26th September, 2018

The 10 Best Liveaboard Destinations

  • Socorro Island
  • Oman
  • Maldives
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Egypt
  • Palau
  • Cocos Island
  • Raja Ampat
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Chuuk Lagoon

It's aboat (sorry) time we let you in on a little not-so-secret-secret about liveaboards - liveaboard diving allows you to boldly go to where no day trip has gone before, setting sail to some of the most remote, pristine dive sites in the world. It's the crème de la crème of dive…

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

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…