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Responsible Dive Holidays

Discover one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite dive sites or help out with marine research in Honduras in our pick of five of the best responsible scuba diving holidays.

Bunaken Marine Reserve, Indonesia
This 890-square-kilometre reserve, spread over five islands in the Sulawesi archipelago, is home to a huge variety of corals and sponges, as well as 2,500 species of fish. Money raised from the reserve’s entrance fee (US$6 a day per diver) is used to end damaging practices such as coral mining and blast fishing. www.sulawesi-info.com

Help clean up the Red Sea
Do your bit to help the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association clean up the ‘problem reefs’ in the northern Red Sea while enjoying a week of subsidised diving on a Red Sea liveaboard. www.blueotwo.com; 01752 480 808

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand
Explore this fascinating protected marine reserve (one of the late Jacques Cousteau’s favourite dive sites), including the world’s largest sea cave, with Dive Tutukaka, a recent winner of PADI’s environmental achievement award. www.diving.co.nz; +64 9 4343 867

Go on a camel-trekking dive safari
Escape the crowds on a locally guided camel-trekking safari to some of the lesser known areas along the Red Sea coast, such as Nabq Managed Resource Protected Area, which has excellent diving and can be easily reached from the shore. www.baobabtravel.com; 0121 314 6011

Help marine researchers in Honduras
Put your diving skills to good use on a volunteering expedition to help scientists understand the dynamics of coral reefs as well as whale sharks and dolphins. The diving on Utila in the Bay Islands varies from shallow patch reefs to sheer dropoffs. www.utilaecology.org; +50 442 530 26

An edited version of this article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in his column ‘The Responsible Traveller’ in the October issue of Geographical, available in WHSmith and many independent newsagents. Subscribe online or order your copy by calling +44 (0)1795 414 881.

See also The Responsible Traveller: Responsible Scuba Diving