Our knowledgeable dive team is dedicated to creating memorable holidays. We take a thoughtful approach, discovering your every need, no matter how small the request. We then dig into our own expertise and add personal touches to create an unforgettable adventure. Just ask, anything is possible.
The number of dive qualifications we have, including Open Water Scuba Instructors, Divemasters, a Marine Biologist and Advanced Freediver
‘Great attention to detail resulting in our perfect family diving holiday. Excellent communication via email to organise our holiday exactly how we wanted it. Great suggestions of places to go made by an individual adviser who was really on the ball’
We're dedicated to creating truly original holiday experiences, from the initial consultation right through to welcoming you home. Whether you want to learn to dive, spot bucket list fish or embark on a complex adventure, we do all the hard work, creating detailed itineraries tailored to your taste for a special, hassle-free holiday.
itineraries formed…so far
‘It was excellent. The organisation was first class from start to finish and the trip ran like clockwork - not a single moment's worry, which is priceless on holiday’
With ten years in business and a lifetime diving and travelling, we pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge and expertise of the destinations we sell. We've developed impressive relationships with our suppliers, asking all the right questions so that you can get under the skin of a destination, both above and below the water.
hours spent underwater
‘From start to finish Original Diving was organized, professional, and easy to work with…We worked with Louisa and even with the time difference she was in contact with me by phone and email. She listened to our wants and needs for the trip and offered an expert opinion when asked (which I loved). Our hotels and adventures were incredible and we always felt "in the know" and very safe...I was impressed over and over with the service and will certainly use them again!’
We understand that, particularly in today's economic climate, value for money is incredibly important when booking a holiday. We have fantastic relationships and contracted rates with the hotels, guides and activity providers we work with so, depending on what you're booking, our rates will be roughly comparable with booking direct, including the expertise, knowledge and security you receive when booking with Original Diving.
The number of hours you'll save, on average, by planning your holiday with our experts, rather than doing it yourself.
‘Thank you so much for arranging the most fantastic honeymoon for us, it was absolutely everything we wanted and more! You were so patient in listening to what we were after and to tailoring everything to our budget and date requirements (even when they changed!) and to pull together such an amazing trip with just a few weeks’ notice was brilliant…Everything was so easy and so well organised - thank you for making it so slick for us. We honestly could not have had a better time! Thank you for all your time and effort in getting it right for us, we absolutely loved it!’
We understand that things can unexpectedly go pear-shaped (volcanoes erupting, for example), and it's how we overcome these situations that really distinguishes us.
Should anything dramatic take place (like a volcano erupting!) and you can't go on holiday we offer a) deferral to a later date, b) an alternative holiday of similar standing or c) a full refund. If you were on holiday and stranded we have a duty of care towards you. The clients we have looked after in these situations are some of our most loyal.
‘The service was first class from beginning to end. Always in communication and easily contactable, reassuring me of any little worries, e.g. Brexit monetary considerations and the Qatar political issues affecting my flight. Never had to worry about a thing, even when on holiday. The transfers from the airport and the three locations we stayed at were a joy. The hotels and scuba agent were the perfect fit for us. An absolute dream holiday. I have already recommended Original Travel to my friends. Amazing team’
We're called Original Diving for a reason. It's because we're constantly looking for ways to make your holiday as perfect as possible, from the way we plan the trip to the authentic experiences you'll enjoy while away. Those added touches include several that no other UK-based travel company offers. We like to call it Original Thinking.
We are proud to state that we have taken the important step of off-setting 100% of the carbon footprint generated by the air and ground transportation of each holiday taken by our clients. We have also decided to include those flights independently booked by clients. Click here for more information.
Tonnes of carbon offset since 2009
It's all about trust - my holiday time is so precious that I need to feel 100% comfortable that a travel company will guarantee me the most amazing experiences. I trust Original Diving completely.
A huge amount of our business comes from repeat customers and their referrals, and there's never been an easier way to earn a quick buck. Simply recommend us to a friend (if you enjoyed your trip, of course) and if they go on to book an Original Travel holiday both you and they will reveive a £100 referral voucher. Simple. As.
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Of our clients are either repeat clients or referred by existing clients.
'It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic landscapes.'
We're very proud of the awards and positive press that recognise the quality and dedication of our service.
As part of Original Travel, we have won 16 awards since launch, including (on multiple occasions) the UK's Best Tour Operator and Best Short Break Tour Operator awards at the extremely prestigious Guardian and Observer Travel Awards. Since 2003 we have tried constantly to improve our multi-award winning service and have grown more than 20 times over, yet every year over 80% of our clients either come back for more or are referred to us by existing clients. We hope that speaks volumes about not only our service but also our prices.
Consecutive years in which we have received major Guardian & Observer Travel awards
'A fanatical devotion to seeking out the most original of travel experiences and impeccable care before, during and after your trip are what mark Original Travel out as one of the leaders in their field.'
We are a fully bonded tour operator so your money is always safe with us.
By booking through Original Travel you have the security of a financially protected holiday as offered by our ATOL licence (5922) and through our membership of ABTA (Y5632). Most of our flights and flight-inclusive holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions at www.originaltravel.co.uk for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. When you buy a holiday that does not include a flight, as a condition of our membership of ABTA, protection is also provided via a bond. Details of this protection for holidays that do not include a flight are set out in our booking conditions viewable at www.originaltravel.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.