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A selection of our favourite suggestions

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia

Australia offers great diving. As well as the Great Barrier Reef there are the wonders of Lord Howe Island and Ningaloo Reef.

Coral Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

Fiji island aerial

Fiji

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Humpback whale, Mozambique

Mozambique

Untouched beauty along with some of our favourite dive sites. What's not to like about Mozambique?

Little Cayman Sunset

Little Cayman

World-class diving and laid back Caribbean charm at its best. This is one of the very best Caribbean diving destinations.

Azores aerial view

The Azores

The Azores offer world-class diving; we think the best in Europe. It also offers some amazing activities around its volcanic scenery.

Beach umbrella in the Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Rangiroa Atoll

Rangiroa

Rangiroa, at the heart of the Tuamoto archipelago, is the second largest atoll in the world. Only an hour's flight away from Tahiti, it is home to some world-class diving.

Micronesia Rock Islands

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Diver in the Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Indonesia

Home to some of the best diving on earth, incredible landscapes and world class hotels, Indonesia is one of our favourite countries. There are some 17,000 islands to choose from but we know the very best spots to head to.

Manta ray, Taveuni

Taveuni

Soft coral capital of the world and offering so much more, this is a must visit. The Great White Wall is worth the trip on its own!

Lord Howe Island Lagoons

Lord Howe Island

Home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, this little known island is a hidden gem.

Bahamas City view

Bahamas

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Ruins on the beach in Riviera Maya

Mexico

Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.

Clownfish, Wakatobi

Wakatobi

With some of the most pristine reefs on earth, Wakatobi is paradise for those that love coral and the small stuff - particularly the pygmy seahorse!

Iguana Underwater, Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Home to a rich variety of wildlife, both above and below the waves, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Blue Hole, Gozo

Gozo

Gozo, Malta's quiet sister, offers great Mediterranean diving, as well as culture, with a collection of charming villages and prehistoric sites to visit; and it's relatively anonymous.

Southern Red Sea beach

Southern Red Sea

The southern Red Sea combines what we love about Red Sea diving with a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere, that is to say, not as many people know about it as they do Sharm.

Komodo dragons, Indonesia

Komodo

Komodo is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.

Apo Island, Philippines

Dumaguete and Dauin

Incredible muck diving, beautiful reefs and one of our favourite hotels, this region is an absolute gem.

Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island

Little known Mafia is one of the only places you are virtually guaranteed whale sharks at the right time of year.

Diving off Babeldoab Island

Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

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Best Places to Swim and Dive with Turtles

Glimpsing a green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp's Ridley, Olive Ridley or flatback on a dive can bring a smile to the face of the most stoical of divers. And while sea turtles can be found in all oceans (except the Arctic) throughout the year, here is our pick of the top spots to…

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Chuuk Lagoon Wreck Diving: An Insider’s Guide to the Fujikawa Maru

Guest blogger Charlie Munns, instructor on the Odyssey liveaboard vessel in Micronesia, has completed over 1,500 dives in Chuuk Lagoon, the ultimate wreck diving destination. Charlie explains some of the history of the area and takes us on a virtual tour of his favourite wreck.

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The World's Top 10 Dive Sites

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…

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Top Five Places to Dive with Manta Rays

Majestic mantas feature high on the priority list for many divers. The most elegant member of the ray family is equally at home gliding effortlessly in the most challenging of currents or floating serenely at a cleaning station. And with the largest brain-to-body ratio of any shark or ray,…

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Where to dive in May

Our wonderful planet is made up of over 71% water which, when you tally up the average British holiday allowance (28 days in case you're interested), means you would need several lifetimes (official stat) to explore the watery world. Sadly, we don't have the recipe for the elixir of life,…

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Romantic Escapes

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone celebrates Valentine's Day with Hallmark. In Wales, star-crossed lovers cement their love with wooden spoons while Japanese colleagues exchange 'obligation chocolate'. South Korea covers all bases with a day dedicated to men, women and singletons…

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Top Six Places to Dive With Hammerheads

One of the most iconic of all species, hammerhead sharks should be swimming near the brim of any diver's bucket list. The fact that - unlike most sharks - scalloped hammerheads usually swim in huge schools only amplifies the spectacular experience of seeing them.

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Your Yearly Planner

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…

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Top Five Places for Humpback Whale Encounters

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…

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A look into the past in the Red Sea

As with many divers, the Red Sea has been on my bucket list since I learnt to dive almost 20 years ago, but until recently, I hadn't yet made it there. With the winter weather still blighting Blighty and the flight only five and a half hours from the UK, I thought it would be the perfect…

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Diving In A Winter Wonderland

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…

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The Philippines Has It All

With over 7,000 volcanic islands and islets, looking at diving in the Philippines can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe one of you loves wrecks while another is mad about wall diving? Perhaps you're looking for a bit of shark action or have an eye for the smaller stuff? Ready to sharpen up your…

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