Caffe latte art Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Learning Japanese to scuba dive in Japan

If you are wondering why in the world someone would do that? I hear you. I can honestly say that over the 10 years of my scuba diving “career” this is by far the most insane project I have ever pursued. The truth is when you have the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream, you just run for it, even if it doesn’t make

scuba diving osezaki japan

Izu Peninsula diving: my top 5 dive sites

From the very first time I went diving in Japan in February 2017 to my last trip in October 2019, the Izu Peninsula quickly became my happy place on mainland Japan. Peaceful while being at a reasonable distance from lively Tokyo, I visited the area 8 times in all seasons including 6 scuba diving trips with Dive Zone Tokyo, my dive club in Tokyo.

Mérou Plongée Port-Cros

Port Cros National Park: diving in the first marine park in Europe

Last summer, I went on holiday in Hyères with a friend from Paris to introduce her to the underwater world. After her discovery dive in Porquerolles Island, we went for a day, hiking and snorkelling, on the island of Port-Cros, to extend the experience in the heart of the first marine park in France and Europe. This is then the opportunity to look back

Rangiroa atoll sky view French Polynesia

Diving in French Polynesia: a first-timer guide

Here we go for a final round of travel tips to go scuba diving in French Polynesia! I wanted to sum up all the things I learnt from the experience of my first trip to French Polynesia, which lasted 3 weeks from mid-September to the beginner of October. I will cover of course the best diving in French Polynesia but also, with so many

Florine Menjangan Island Indonesia

Indonesia, wait for me…

This post is brought to you by Original Diving Now is not the time to travel, but I want to keep dreaming. Even if we don’t know what will happen out of the chaos we are facing, I still want to pursue my dreams. Will they always be what I thought they would? I can’t be sure, but what I know is my recent

Miyakojima Irabu Bridge

The Miyakojima paradox

For my third trip to Okinawa, it was time to explore the last of the main islands I hadn’t visited yet: Miyako Island or Miyakojima in Japanese. Miyako is known for the Irabu Bridge, the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, and famous for cavern diving among Japanese scuba divers.  To my greatest surprise, it was where I had the most fun of all the

Marquesas Islands - diving in Hiva Oa

Marquesas Islands: 5 awesome things to do on a short visit

There was something familiar in the air. Were these green mountains plunging into the Pacific Ocean the only reason I fell for the Marquesas Islands? It could be the Mana Polynesian people often refer to when explaining the strong connection they have with their islands. It translates to force or spirit. Whatever its true nature, the Mana of the Marquesas Islands gave me a