Deborah Dickson-Smith

Deborah Dickson-Smith


Deborah Dickson-Smith is widely published travel writer and co-founder of, 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
Great Barrier Reef
Conservation Dive Locations Travel

Sex on the Reef: Science and Tourism Join Forces

The annual mass coral-spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef inspired new collaboration between tourism operators and scientists to help save the reef.

Fish Rock
Dive Locations Travel

Diving Fish Rock: The Best Australian Dive Site You’ve Never Heard Of

Fish Rock may just be the best Australian dive site that you’ve never heard of.

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.

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.

New stuff
Paralenz Vaquita

New Paralenz Vaquita Turns Regular Divers into Citizen Scientists

by Press Release

Diving Bonito and the Pantanal

Diving the Pantanal in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul offers visitors the chance to see not only anacondas, but also a wild array of marine life.
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson
southern channel islands kelp forest

Diving the Southern Channel Islands Kelp Forests

Excerpt: The southern Channel Islands kelp forests in California are a playground for divers. Here’s what you need to know to dip under the waves.
by Rebecca Strauss
help the ocean

Five Places Where You Can Help the Ocean While Traveling

If you’re an ocean lover and environmentalist, here are five places where you can help the ocean while traveling.
by Torben Lonne