Tom Blake

Destination and Diving Specialist

I have been an avid diver now for over 17 years! I have around 2700 dives amassed visiting around 25 different countries during my diving career. I decided to create Ultimate Diving around 15 years ago after a year-long diving holiday. I wanted to bring my business skills together with my love of diving to create a business I was passionate about and to ensure I had a long list of places to visit and review!

One of the things important to me is our visits to the places we sell so we can give that extra bit of knowledge and advice about what the diving will really be like, how will the visibility be at a time of year for instance? Can be important to enhance the trip that bit more. We can share our experience. I also do lots of video of the destinations and now I own a drone I am doing aerial video as well so much of the content you see is unique to our business as we take the pictures and video ourselves.

Our new website will really allow us to showcase all the things we are doing and the trips we are undertaking. I am excited to now be able to share many more of my experiences through our blogs, galleries and my personal expert page.

My Favourite Places

Recommended

Its very hard for me to refine my selections as I have had so many outstanding diving experiences over the years. I have tried to single out my favourite and recommended products in line with my what I feel best represents my bucket list destinations, liveaboards and resorts for the best diving experience over and above everything else.

In my humble opinion whether you go on a liveaboard or stay in a resort is a very personal choice and often combining both in one trip is very common as you can relax a bit after your liveaboard which can often feel very go, go, go and having a few days to relax after is perfect for rounding off a trip. Some locations being on a liveaboard does really offer an advantage but others you can experience sometimes more with a local dive centre with guides who know the local reefs much better. There are a lot of factors that bring together an outstanding diving holiday. My attention to detail is a key element of our approach and philosophy.

Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

The Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle with spectacular scenery above and below the water. This idyllic resort has to be on every divers bucket list!

  • Boutique beach resort
  • 40 rooms and suites
  • Local nightlife
  • 5* PADI CDC dive centre on-site
  • Pool/Bar/Internet/Spa/Camera Room
  • Beachfront cocktail bar

El Rio Y Mar

Philippines, Palawan & Tubbataha

The beautiful and intimate resort, El Rio Y Mar is located on a picture perfect white sandy beach surrounded by crystal clear blue waters filled with an abundance of marine life! Perfection!

  • Romantic resort location for couples
  • Just 15 cabana style bungalows
  • A’la carte restaurant menu
  • Choice of BB and HB basis
  • Very quiet location on private beach
  • First Class Service/Spa/Infinity Pool

Gangga Island Resort & Spa

Indonesia, Gangga Island

Gangga Island is a romantic, intimate and majestic resort offering spectacular diving opportunities allowing you to experience diverse marine life from both the Indian and Pacific Ocean.

  • Romantic diving at its best!
  • Island resort with maximum 30 guests
  • Private beach with Bali beds
  • Ideal for couples and non divers
  • Gangga Divers on-site
  • Spa/Infinity Pool/Full Board/Bar

Lahami Bay Beach Resort

Red Sea, Hamata

The Lahami Bay Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine natural, untouched surroundings, reflecting an Oriental Maritime and a Mediterranean style.

  • 5* resort with great house reef diving
  • Set in beautiful gardens
  • Excellent Restaurant/Bar/Spa/Pool
  • Perfect for those seeking quality
  • 220 rooms with terrace or sea view
  • HB or AI board basis

Busuanga Bay Lodge

Philippines, Palawan & Tubbataha

This boutique hotel is located on the island of Palawan, a nature sanctuary known worldwide for its ecological diversity and stunning physical features.

  • Where luxury meets adventure
  • PADI Dive Centre on-site
  • Nestled on the beach
  • Tours & excursions available
  • Gym & spa available
  • Close to 11 WWII wrecks

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is the perfect hotel with a variety of rooms, a magnificent beachfront location, out of this world thresher shark diving experiences and a unique man-made house reef.

  • Beachfront located divers resort
  • 29 rooms with choice of types
  • Choice of BB, HB or FB basis
  • Daily thresher shark diving
  • Dive centre on-site
  • Diving at Gato Island

Bohio Dive Resort

Turks & Caicos, Grand Turk

Bohio Dive Resort is a small, intimate resort, committed to providing a friendly and personal service with everything you could need on one idyllic spot just minutes away from the airport.

  • Located on a white sandy beach
  • 16 rooms all with beach front views
  • BB basis including daily diving
  • Great for all types of traveller
  • Paradise like holiday experience
  • Cocktail bar and a’la carte restaurant

Aqua Cat

Bahamas, New Providence

Perfect for newbies or seasoned pros looking for a chilled week of diving amongst some beautiful reefs and island views. You can learn to dive on-board as well. You can enjoy fantastic food, plenty of non diving excursions.

  • Max 22 guests / 3-4 dives per day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Nitrox available on-board
  • Spacious cabins (double/twin)
  • Shark feed diving
  • Good for non-divers who like cruising

Atlantis Azores

Philippines, The Visayas

The Atlantis Azores is a luxury 33 metre boat allowing you to experience the finest diving in the Philippines by offering 4 route options including Bohol, Malapascua, Cebu and Tubbataha Reef.

  • Maximum 16 guests
  • 4 to 5 dives per day
  • 4 route options
  • Dive from tenders
  • Nitrox available
  • 7, 10 and 12 night itineraries

MY Blue Planet I

Red Sea, Hurghada

The baby of the Blue Planet Fleet accommodating a maximum of 16 divers but she is fast! Staff is friendly and have been servicing guests for a number of years offering consistent high level of service.

  • Max 16 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Various routes available
  • NITROX available (Extra charge)
  • Spacious and beautifully fitted
  • AC cabins and en suite

MY Blue Seas

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Blue Seas operates in the southern Red Sea and offers trips departing Hurghada and Marsa Alam. The cabin choices provide a nice option for couples with double beds onboard.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Dive South & St Johns
  • Choice of cabin types
  • Nitrox available (charge)
  • Discounts for single occupancy

Palau Aggressor II

Micronesia, Palau

If you want to explore further the Palau Aggressor is the good choice. Experience sites that are not dived on a regular basis with other like minded people and enjoy great food in a relaxed but exciting atmosphere.

  • Max 18 guests / 3-4 dives per day
  • Dive with an abundance of sharks
  • Excursions to local beaches/islands
  • Visit jellyfish lake
  • Nitrox available
  • Add on Truk Lagoon for wreck diving

Fiji & Solomon Extravagance

Fiji, Bligh Waters

We call it extravagance because it ticks 2 of the greatest and most colourful diving conditions you will find anywhere in the world.

  • Once in a lifetime trip
  • Best of 2 diving worlds
  • Can be tailored to meet your needs
  • Ideal for couples and honeymooners
  • City stopovers available on request
  • "Soft Coral Capital World" & beyond

My Recent Reviews

Personal Sign Off

My passion for diving is just as strong as it was when I first started. I continue to visit and dive in our locations many times each year.

I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit more about my diving career and how it helps me drive the business to be outstanding and lead a motivated team to ensure we can deliver that personal service I feel sets us apart from the competition. I look forward to creating lots of video and image galleries and writing up blogs about my travels and experiences over the coming months. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events or at the dive show.