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The Latest National Obsession: Blue Planet II

At exactly 9:01pm last Sunday a collective sigh could be heard ringing out across the nation - Attenborough et al have done it again. Another scintillating series of Blue Planet is back on our telly boxes and all Sunday evening social engagements for the next six weeks have been kiboshed in favour of the Beeb. And the first episode did not disappoint. We had grumpy walruses mouthing (or toothing) off at each other, Jaws-esque fish terrorising baby birds and bottlenose dolphins getting a kick from surfing the gnarly waves off South Africa. It's enough to make anyone want to grab a wetsuit and plunge into the Big Blue, no? Lucky for you, we have a specialist dive team here at Original Travel, the aptly named Original Diving, experts in the watery stuff worldwide and able to help with organising everything from holidays with the odd dive included to full-blown dedicated dive trips. So if you, like us, have a penchant for the ocean, here are a few of our favourite destinations and experiences for divers of all types…

The Mediterranean: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

Mention of Summer in the Mediterranean generally conjures images of endless stretches of sandy beach, hazy sunny days, olive-scented air and sun-kissed skin. And while this all sounds rather dreamy, there is so much more to this glorious corner of the world than just beaches. The historic focus of tourism on the sandy stuff means large chunks of this region remain overlooked by travellers, from its beautiful rolling hills, mountains and volcanoes to charming villages and historic cities. Not to mention that scattered throughout are exquisite relics of past inhabitants, with everyone from the Ottomans to the Romans, Greeks and even Napoleon having had a bite of the (quite delicious) Mediterranean cherry. So if it's on your holiday list this summer, here are a few of our favourite alternative Mediterranean marvels…

80 Senses: #37 - Things to do in Gozo, Village festas

Big bang fact, not theory... According to legend, Odysseus fell under the seven-year spell of the sea-nymph Calypso on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Nowadays the smaller sister island of Malta basks in relative anonymity, and diving and spas have replaced sea-nymphs as the main lures for travellers.

Affordable Holidays to Europe

Letting go of the summer is never easy. While we're still left guessing whether or not an Indian Summer will make an appearance, there's a sure-fire way to guarantee a few more outings for strappy sandals and bright maxi dresses: a luxury holiday in Europe.

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