About Diveplanit

Diveplanit’s mission is to create more ocean ambassadors – people with a greater understanding, appreciation and advocacy for our oceans.

To achieve that, we’d like to get more people underwater: snorkeling and scuba diving and ensure that newly qualified divers continue their diving with a greater appreciation of life beneath the waves. We’d like to create a global community of divers sharing their experiences, so we’re building a constantly-expanding dive travel guide to help you do just that.

We provide rich media content on snorkeling and scuba diving destinations and dive sites, the dive centres that serve them, and all the information you need on how to travel to those destinations, where to stay, where to eat – even what to do on your no-dive days. The content is also designed to give you an appreciation of the marine environment, underwater habitat and what sea creatures can be found there.

We have some interesting articles on where to dive, holiday destinations, liveaboard diving, diving with families, luxury diving, diving the Great Barrier Reef, with more to come.

Our Blog presents interesting dive travel destinations and commentary on issues in the marine environment.

As the site grows we plan to offer additional capabilities including comments and reviews, the ability to organise and promote group trips, and other promotions. Right now we’re getting the conversation started via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so join us there, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, or comment on our Blog.

If you’d like to contribute, we’d love to hear from you!

Here’s a little more about us…

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Deborah Dickson-Smith

Travel blogger, social media diva, scuba girl and passionate eco-warrior.

Deb’s relatively new to diving, having gained her PADI Advanced certification just 7 years ago. But in that time she has logged over 500 dives locally around Australia and overseas. Her favourite dive site so far is the Great White Wall in Taveuni, Fiji.

Deb has over 25 years experience in the world of publishing, working on titles such as Australian Geographic, DMAG, Holidays With Kids, Cruise Passenger and Spa Life magazine.

Deb consults as a Content Strategist and contributes to a number of travel publications as a freelance travel writer including Scuba Diving Magazine, Scuba Diver Life, Travel.Nine, Queensland Blog, Jetstar, Virgin Voyeur, Air Nuigini Paradise and Pacific Island Living.

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Simon Mallender

Diver, videographer, writer and passionate eco-warrior, Simon has been diving for over 30 years. He has produced promotional video for Christmas Island Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Indonesia Tourism, as well as operators such as Vomo Island Resort, and Captain Cook Cruises, Fiji.

His dive features have appeared in places like: Wego Editor’s Desk, Flight Centre Travel News and in print in Sport & Travel Magazine.

The idea for DivePlanIt came about after Simon and Deb’s first Big Excursion – to Palau, when they discovered that detailed, practical information about the rather remote destination they were visiting was harder to find than it should be.

Travelling blind isn’t something that a lot of people will do, so they made it their mission to provide detailed destination information for travelling divers, enabling them to make informed decisions about their next diving holiday.