Underwater Mexico

Socorro is unlike anywhere I’ve ever dived before – in one of my first dives there I saw dolphins, mantas, heaps of sharks and fish and a whale shark!

Lauren - Original Diver

Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Australia, Africa, South America, Mexico and Far East.

My travels

fever of hammerheads, cocos island

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Snorkelling with humpbacks in Tonga
  • Diving in the Galapagos and Cocos Islands
  • Meeting gorillas in Uganda
  • Trekking in the Himalayas and Patagonia
pod of orcas

Best Moments

  • Nearly being run down by two orcas in the Sea of Cortez, they were playing with a pelagic ray flicking it out of the water and I was concerned that they might try the same with me!
  • Having to move to avoid being slapped by extremely friendly mantas in Socorro
  • Reaching Machu Picchu after a tough 4 days hiking on the beautiful Salkantay trek
  • Watching the sunrise from the summit of Volcan Acatenango with incredible views over the nearby smouldering Volcan de Fuego and the whole of southern Guatemala
Atacama desert

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Struggling across the border at Paso de Jama from Argentina to Chile on the way to the Atacama desert - it was my first introduction to trying to do anything at altitude (13779ft) after a long overnight bus journey, it didn't go too well!
komodo dragon

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Sailing from Lombok to Flores on a glorified floating shed - totally worth it for the Komodo dragons, amazing reefs and my first manta!

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Responsible Tourism in the Maldives

One of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, the Maldives continues to entice with its signature low lying islands (the highest natural point is two-and-a-half metres above sea level), coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrasses, yet these sensitive habitats sadly also bring this…

blue spotted stingray

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…

whale shark diving

North America’s Best Diving In Socorro

After hearing about the Revillagigedo Archipelago (best known as Socorro) a couple of years ago, I knew I had to go. So when I found myself in Mexico this June I jumped at the chance, which I quickly discovered was worth any sea sickness from the 24-hour voyage after I entered the water for…

orcas la paz

A Wild Encounter With Orcas

For the last two years I have been lucky enough to travel across the world, diving in the crystal clear waters of Papua New Guinea in between being greeted by traditional 'sing-sings' in local villages; seeing amazing fish and coral diversity in Raja Ampat; diving in the cenotes of the…

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