Who We AreGreat Escapes Diving Holidays
Great Escapes Diving Holidays was launched in 2018 and is run by experts with over 45 years combined experience in the dive and travel industry.
We formed the company to give our clients the best possible choices in order to put together bespoke diving and adventure holidays to the most stunning locations around the world.
Being passionate travellers who enjoy exploring the world – both above and below the water – we are committed to providing our clients with expert advice and a personal service throughout. We continue to seek out new destinations and to work closely with Tourist Boards from around the world, to bring to you new ideas and suggestions as to where you may want to go to next. We are constantly updating our portfolio, and adding more destinations to our website, so if you can’t find what it is you are looking for, then please do feel free to contact us – chances are, we will have details on file in our office.
As a fully independent travel company we are proud to offer carefully selected dive resorts, liveaboards, accommodations and tour programmes run by local and professional operators who we have worked with and trusted for many years. We don’t own any liveaboards or resorts, so our advice to you is completely impartial and we give recommendations based on your needs.
Having personally been to most of the destinations we offer, you can contact us safe in the knowledge that you will receive expert advice and a personal service to ensure your holiday goes exactly to plan. We take great care in making sure all aspects of your holiday are in place, including flights, transfers, diving, land tours and city stopovers.
We are also very experienced in managing group travel, whether for dive clubs or groups of friends, so contact us for a comprehensive quote.
Wherever it is you are looking to go – or if there is a particular animal or place you would like to see – we can help make that happen. Contact us for advice and a chat, we’d love to hear from you.
Chris, Graham and Kim
Great Escapes Diving Holidays
Why book with us?
- Over 45 years combined experience in the dive and travel industry
- We are passionate divers and travellers and we have first hand knowledge of many of our destinations
- Expert advice and a personal service
- Bespoke itineraries tailored to your needs
- 100% fully independent travel company
- We only use professional suppliers, trusted by us for many years
- ATOL Licensed for your financial protection and peace of mind
I began my working adventure in the travel industry back in 1998, after graduating from university with a BA (hons) in Tourism and Business Management. Having worked for Flightcentre in London as a travel consultant and Manager, for many years, I have been able to get an understanding of putting together bespoke packages for individuals and groups as well as dealing with business accounts, scheduled airline contracts and high street store management. This, combined with my love of travelling and embracing new cultures, drives my enthusiasm for the industry.
In January 2013 I started working for Scuba Tours Worldwide and got the diving bug! I have been fortunate enough to learn to dive in the Maldives, finish my PADI Open Water in Fiji and recently my PADI Advanced Open Water in Komodo! By combining my knowledge of scheduled flights, overland adventure and diving I look forward to putting together amazing packages for you to enjoy. For me, travel is all about experiences and I believe that there is so much of the world to explore and admire above and below the surface.
Areas Dived –
The Maldives – Liveaboard and Resorts
Indonesia – Komodo liveaboard
Fiji – Namena Marine Reserve, Taveuni and Bligh Waters
Areas Toured –
Australia – Everywhere except upper west coast
New Zealand – Everywhere
Chile & Argentina – Small group tour from Santiago to Buenes Aires
South Africa – Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and walking safari in Kruger National Park
China – from Hong Kong to Beijing small group tour
I have been a scuba diver for over 25 years and have been in the dive travel industry for the past 15 years. My dive career began in the Seychelles, in early 1993, where I lived and worked as a dive instructor for many years. I was also very involved with underwater filmmaking, periodically leaving the Seychelles to embark on film expeditions around the world. In 2003, I began my career in the Dive Travel industry, working for Scuba Tours Worldwide. For the past 15 years I have been putting together bespoke diving and adventure holidays for clients to the top dive destinations around the world. Being a passionate diver and traveller, I have been very lucky to visit many of the wonderful destinations we feature, to see for myself the remarkable landscapes and wildlife these beautiful places have to offer.
Areas I have dived include:-
Guadalupe Island, in Mexico (cage diving with great white sharks).
Cocos Island off Costa Rica (schooling hammerheads and hikes through the Costa Rican rainforest).
Philippines – reefs, World War II Wrecks and critter diving in areas including Malapscua, Dumaguette, Bohol, Coron, and Puerto Galera.
Indonesia – reefs of the Bunaken Islands, critter diving in Lembeh Strait, Bali, the sensational Komodo National Park, Flores, Alores and South Sulawesi.
Malaysia – the incredible Sipidan, plus critters and reefs of Mabul and Kapalai.
Indian Ocean – the stunning Maldives (Central and Southern Atolls), Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Caribbean – the walls of the Cayman Islands
Atlantic Ocean – Madeira and The Canary Islands
Micronesia – The reefs and walls of Palau, mantas of Yap and WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon.
I discovered my love for travel when I set off backpacking around New Zealand, Australia and Thailand at the age of 18. Since then I have spent 2.5 years as crew on board a sailing yacht circum-navigating the world, 6 months hitch-hiking around New Zealand and 2 years working as a Divemaster in Indonesia and Australia.
I started my working life in the scuba travel industry with Regal Dive in January 2005 and in 2007 joined Scuba Tours Worldwide where I remained for the following 11 years gaining valuable experience putting together itineraries to some of the best diving destinations in the world, many of which I have been lucky enough to have travelled to myself.
The areas I have dived include:
The Maldives, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Sudan, Egypt, Tonga, Komodo, Flores, Bali, Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands in Indonesia, Bonaire, Curacao, New Zealand, Ningaloo Reef and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Thailand, Burma, the Galapagos, Borneo, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea, Tuamotu Islands, Niue and the Marquesas in French Polynesia, Grenada, Malaysia, Gibraltar and Djibouti.
Ready for your next adventure?
Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Westerfield Business Centre
Office hours: Mondays to Fridays 09.30am - 5.00pm
Tel: +44 (0)1473 921888
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website 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 for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate