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The Azores

By Lizzie
On: 1st August, 2019

The Top 11 Dive Sites For Shark Diving

  • Cocos Island
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Grand Bahama
  • Malapascua
  • Guadalupe
  • Beqa Lagoon
  • Rangiroa
  • Socorro Island
  • The Azores
  • Maldives
  • Mafia Island

Did you know that sharks have been around for more than 400 million years? Not only do they pre-date humans but also dinosaurs, making them some of the oldest living creatures to patrol our planet. Despite this, over 100 million sharks are killed each year by human activity, from bycatch 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…

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…

sperm whales

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…

red sea in egypt reef

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…

Galapagos wildlife

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…

shark diving in the Azores

By Lizzie
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
Image of Alex Marchais

By Alex
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…

Malta and Gozo diving

By Lizzie
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…

Azores holiday viewpoint
Image of India Tyndall

By India
On: 17th October, 2017

The Undiscovered Dive Sites Of The Azores

  • The Azores

When people think about diving in the Azores, inevitably the stars of the show are the offshore sites where you are bombarded with mobulas, manta rays, blue sharks and all manner of predatory species. But what happens when the sea isn't perfectly flat-calm? I went to visit early in June to…