Here we present the range of Original Diving's top luxury diving holidays around the world. This contains many of the destinations originally researched for the best-selling Dive in Style first and second editions.

Tim Simond published the first edition of the Dive in Style book in 2006 and it quickly became a best-seller. During our research for the book we looked at hundreds of potential destinations, whittling them down until only the very best remained. These resorts formed the basis of the book and the travel business. To celebrate the success of the first book, and to mark the launch of the second edition in 2010, we launched Dive in Style, the tour operator. With so many of the hotels and the boats featured in the book extremely complicated to reach, we teamed up with award-winning travel company Original Travel to make the diving dreams on the pages of the book an effortless reality.

Until February 2012, our company name was Dive in Style and we focused exclusively on luxurious hotels around the world where you could not only do fantastic diving but also stay in style. Now, as Original Diving, that remains at the core of what we do and the holidays listed on this page represent the most luxurious places around the world where you can dive, snorkel or just relax.

You can buy the second edition of the Dive in Style book in our Shop.

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Tim Simond, best-selling author of Dive in Style, is a co-founder of Original Diving and remains our resident luxury diving expert.

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Where to stay

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

Set in the remote Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi, offers a Robinson Crusoe-style escape. The epitome of barefoot luxury, adhere to a ‘no news, no shoes’ policy and revel in some of the best water-based adventures in the Maldives.

Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Aerial view of Laucala Island

Laucala Island Resort

The Laucala Island Resort in Fiji is without a doubt one of the world’s top island resorts and once there it is easy to see why. It is very, very special.

Petit St Vincent

Petit St Vincent

Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Queue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.

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Silolona

Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Paraglide into a dramatic landscape where Six Senses Zighy Bay is enveloped in a magical desert setting. Based on a traditional Omani village, escape to an oasis by the sea.

Amanpulo

Amanpulo

Amanpulo Resort is Pamalican Island. The name means ‘peaceful island’, and it’s easy to see why. Pamalican’s 250 pristine acres are totally tranquil, with nothing but the luxurious 40-room hideaway, verdant vegetation, exotic bird life and what must be one of the planet’s all-time greatest beaches, a seemingly endless stretch of the finest white powder sloping into clear turquoise waters.

Palm Trees at Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

The place to stay on Lord Howe Island is Capella Lodge. It is a hotel of the highest standard and a very special place to spend a few days.

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Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua, Silolona’s sister boat, allows guests to experience some of the best diving spots on the planet, while experiencing fabulous hospitality and luxury onboard.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji is a simple and beautiful resort with serious eco-credentials, amazing family facilities, and access to some world-class diving.

Picture of the beach at Namale Fiji Resort & Spa

Namale Fiji Resort & Spa

One of Fiji’s top hotels, Namale is geared unashamedly to honeymooners and couples and is packed full of amenities and activities. Not a place to get bored in.

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Taveuni Palms

Made up of just two incredibly stylish luxury villas - the Horizon Spa Villa and the Beach Villa - perched on a hilltop overlooking the Somosomo Strait, Taveuni Palms is a beautiful place to stay for those looking to get away from it all.

Royal Davui Island Resort

Royal Davui Island Resort

Located south of Vitu Levu, Royal Davui Island Resort provides a great base from which to explore the famous surrounding waters of Beqa Lagoon. The private island is 10 acres of tropical lush landscape lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters.

Wakaya Club

Wakaya Club

The Wakaya Club & Spa is arguably one of the best "dive resorts" in the world. It isn’t, of course, a dive resort at all but all your diving is included.

Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, has played host to some big names in its time, from celebrity royalty to the real deal, mainly due to the fact that it promises total privacy and is simply an idyllic island retreat.

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Necker Belle

Sailing and diving in the Caribbean doesn’t get much better than a trip onboard the Necker Belle luxury catamaran, complete with your own private submarine!

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Peter Island

This perfect Caribbean diving destination is privately owned and almost impossibly large. Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, comprises 1,800 pristine acres fringed with endless white-sand beaches.

Kamalame Cay Resort

Kamalame Cay Resort

Just a short flight from Nassau takes you to the stunning Kamalame Cay private island resort, whose sandy shores are adjacent to the third largest, yet least explored, barrier reef on earth.

Tiamo Resort

Tiamo Resort

Located on the pure white sandy shores of south Andros, the remote Tiamo resort is the perfect place to get away from it all and truly unwind.

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Pink Sands Resort

The Pink Sands Resort is a beautiful resort set amongst lush tropical gardens and on the edge of Harbour Island’s famous Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas.

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One & Only Ocean Club

The fact that the One & Only Ocean Club resort is located on the busy paradise island off Nassau can quickly put you off. However, this slice of luxury feels a million miles away from the high rise hotels that Nassau is famous for and is well worth a visit if you want a white beach, delicious food and pampering.

Amanyara

Amanyara

Amanyara is located on a private 1,000 foot white-sand beach on the northwest coast of Providenciales, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos.

Amankila

Amankila

Built into a cliff on the relatively unknown east coast of Bali, Amankila (meaning “peaceful hill”), overlooks the serene waters of the Lombok Strait against a dramatic backdrop of Mount Agung.

The Oberoi Lombok

The Oberoi Lombok

All rooms feature a private shaded terrace with garden or ocean views, sunken marble garden baths and butler service, while some also have private swimming pools.

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Amanikan Liveaboard

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

Picture of a traditional boat on the beach, Maha Bhetra

Maha Bhetra

Imagine a floating Aman hotel that you have all to yourself and you have the Maha Bhetra which cruises from Amanpuri.

Ariara Island

Ariara Island

Within this untouched spot in the Philippines, Ariara Island is a glamorous and blissful hideaway created to cater to your every wish. Hole-up in a private paradise and take each day at your own pace

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El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort

With over 2000ft of powdery white sand beach to explore, the private island retreat of Pangulasian Island Resort is an idyllic spot to unwind between dives, on Palawan's Bacuit Bay.

Amanpuri

Amanpuri

The flagship Aman resort, Amanpuri is located on the island of Phuket on a verdant headland overlooking a white-sand beach and the pristine Andaman Sea.

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Four Seasons Explorer

Launched in 2002 the Four Seasons Explorer is a 128-ft catamaran – a floating Four Seasons basically. Cruising the central and northern atolls, this is one of the best liveaboards in the world.

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Experience luxury and impeccable service with excellent diving at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa that occupies a private coral island in the Central Maldives.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

At least 10km away from any other inhabited island, sitting on an untouched atoll, surrounded by one of the most beautiful reefs you will find in the tropics sits the Park Hyatt Hadahaa. There are few better or more impressive havens to be found in the Maldives.

Aerial view of Constance Halaveli Resort, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli

The Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has villas either on stilts over a beautiful lagoon or on the pristine beach.

Water villa at Huvafen Fushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

Less than half an hour by speedboat from Malé International Airport, set on a powder white island protected by one of the Maldives’ best house reefs, Huvafen Fushi sets the benchmark for desert island luxury.

Aerial View of Fregate Island

Frégate Island Private

Frégate Island Private, named after the graceful bird, is a near-perfect, 740-acre private island in the Seychelles, accommodating a maximum of 40 guests. This is the closest you will ever come to your own private island and proves you can have your eco cake and eat it, at a price!

North Island

North Island

This small, private island - just a mile long by half a mile across - was abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry. Now home to one of the planets most luxurious and unusual island lodges, North Island is home to just 11 vast and truly original suites.

Aerial View of the Beach

Maroma Resort and Spa

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is a tranquil beachside resort located in the middle of a nature reserve on the Yucatán peninsula.

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a luxury beachside resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Esencia

Esencia

Once the retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beachside hotel on Mexico’s Yucatán coast, and still retains that feeling of a private home.

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Sitting on the edge of the Red Sea, Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is an oasis of Egyptian decadence and with a certified PADI dive centre offering a wealth of courses, the resort is a luxurious haven for divers.

Picture of the garden at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons

Backed by the Sinai Mountains and faced with panoramas of the Red Sea, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is reminiscent of an Arabian palace.

Azura Quilalea Aerial View

Azura at Quilalea

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Azura Benguerra Villa

Azura Benguerra

Located on the tropical paradise island of Benguerra, off the coast of southern Mozambique, Azura Benguerra is a boutique beach eco-lodge built entirely by hand by the local community, allowing an authentic, ‘locale’ feel.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Located off the north-east coast of Zanzibar, barefoot luxury escape Mnemba Island Lodge is an award-wining jewel sitting in the untouched Mnemba atoll.

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Atmosphere Resort & Spa

Atmosphere Resort & Spa is a stunning property located on the shores of Dauin and is an excellent choice for both divers and non-divers alike.

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