Author

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Writer

Deborah Dickson-Smith is widely published travel writer and co-founder of Diveplanit.com, an online guide to diving and snorkeling in Australia and Asia Pacific. Deborah and partner Simon Mallender are passionate ocean advocates and launched this platform to encourage more people to get underwater and start exploring.

Stories by Deborah
manta bommie
Dive Locations Travel

Diving Manta Bommie in Brisbane

Mantas: the Maldives, Komodo, Bali, Raja Ampat…and Brisbane? That’s right, you can see mantas just offshore from Brisbane at a fantastic site called Manta Bommie.

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History Travel Wrecks

A Non-Tech Diver’s Guide to Guadalcanal

It’s not called Iron Bottom Sound for nothing, with 100s of wrecks just off the coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Here’s our guide to diving them recreationally.

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Jean-Michel Cousteau
Conservation Profile Travel

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Vision for Our Oceans’ Future

Jean-Michel Cousteau shares his thoughts on the future of marine conservation in an exclusive interview at the famously family-friendly Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji.

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Coolidge
In the Water Travel Wrecks

Top 10 Treasures on the SS President Coolidge

Most divers have heard of the statue of ‘The Lady’ on this famous Vanuatu wreck, but here are our picks for the top 10 treasures on the President Coolidge.

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New stuff
Shark Feeding Dives

The PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty

If you’re interested in sharks, the PADI AWARE Shark Conservation specialty course might be a good fit.
by Hélène Reynaud
meandering corals

Introduction to Meandering Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Meandering corals are often called brain corals because they form round colonies resembling brains. Learn how to tell them apart with our guide here.
by Nicole Helgason
Mexico scuba diving

The Best Scuba Diving in Mexico

We know it’s a broad category, with such a diverse range of animals and geography, but here are our picks for some of the best scuba diving in Mexico.
by Juanita Pienaar
manta bommie

Diving Manta Bommie in Brisbane

Mantas: the Maldives, Komodo, Bali, Raja Ampat…and Brisbane? That’s right, you can see mantas just offshore from Brisbane at a fantastic site called Manta Bommie.
by Deborah Dickson-Smith