Seven conservation-focused diving destinations around the world, from Portugal to Indonesia

Our oceans are under immense environmental threat, but a raft of operators and organisations are offering the chance for travellers to get involved and make a difference beneath the waves.

Seven adventures to try in the Azores, from hiking to whale watching

Portugal’s Atlantic archipelago of nine volcanic islands are made for adventures. Explore the waters on bracing dives, spot sea life on seasonal safaris, and test out adrenaline sports including paragliding and canyoning.

Jump in: seven of the best diving spots in the Philippines

With its prized position in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines is a place of dramatic biodiversity, where rainbow-coloured reefs and unique wreck dives are all within easy reach.

Take the plunge: how to make a difference when diving in the Cayman Islands

Beyond the palm-fringed beaches and tranquil seas of the Cayman Islands is a destination with conservation at its core. Discover how the islands work to remain a Caribbean paradise for generations to come.

How to get to the world's most remote dive sites

If you want to dive the world’s most remote and pristine sites, and get the maximum diving with minimum effort, you need to ditch the resort for a liveaboard. We look at the best boats — from bargain to luxury — uncovering what to expect onboard, and where to find offbeat itineraries.

PADI: Travel with purpose

If you crave adventure and are looking for a way to give back while you travel, becoming a diver should be at the top of your to-do list

Trips of a lifetime: Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef system pulses with a staggering diversity of marine life. Dive into a first-timer’s tips for navigating this underwater world. 

Maldives: Into the deep

I’m several metres below the surface when a manta ray ghosts past, almost brushing the mask off my face. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t hear it coming. And even if humans could hear meaningfully underwater, I’m pretty sure it would have spooked me anyway

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