TELL ME MORE ABOUT: Diving with SHARKS

 

Welcome to my new series: TELL ME MORE ABOUT: where I will be sharing resources from my favorite past adventures around our planet during this time when we cannot travel due to COVID-19. In the next weeks, I will share about all 10 trips in my recent article on Ms Magazine and I wanted you to have access to the photos, articles and videos that I produced from these experiences. For now, I hope you find inspiration until we can all begin to wander around the world again.

Lisa Niver Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks
Lisa Niver Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks in Mexico

I learned to scuba dive in Monterey Bay in 1990 after I dropped out of USCF Medical School. I had some challenges learning to breathe on SCUBA but I figured it out and fell in love.

Some of my most favorite adventures ever have been under water! Use this link to see all of my scuba stories and videos and see below for some of my trips to Shark School with ProDive in Mexico, a liveaboard in Cuba at Jardines de la Reina, scuba in Las Vegas in chain mail at Shark Reef, Dive-in with PADI at Beaches Turks and Caicos and many visits to the Scuba Show in LA and once to DEMA in Las Vegas!

Are you ready to Dive at Gardens of the Queen?
Lisa scuba diving in Cuba at Gardens of the Queen
I loved Sharkschool in Playa del Carmen. We had class each day and went scuba diving with Bull Sharks. Read all about it ScubaDiverLife: A Visit to SharkSchool in Playa del Carmen
ScubaDiverLife SharkSchool

After working on cruise ships for seven years, I had been to nearly every Caribbean island except Cuba. I was thrilled to go diving with Avalon Cuban Diving Centers to experience Jardines De La Reina (Gardens of the Queen).  Gardens of the Queen is a protected marine area and the number of divers per year is limited to under 1000. It is an area with 150 islands. We dove in the Southern part and expected to see Caribbean reef sharks, Silky sharks, sting rays, nurse sharks and healthy coral reefs which Andersen Cooper called a “Living Time Machine” when he visited for CNN in 2011.

Do you want to dive with me in Cuba?
Do you want to dive with me in Cuba?

I sat on the bottom of the tank in Shark Reef, Mandalay Bay in a full suit of chain mail and sang myself, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” I absolutely had a blast! Of course, you can swim with sharks in Las Vegas! I was invited to share my Five Star Luxury Vegas Vacation on Frommer’s Instagram! Click here to see more. Watch all of my Five Star Luxury Vegas adventures in this video.

Thank you so much to Beaches Resorts and PADI for including me in an epic scuba trip in Turks and Caicos for Dive-in with PADI LIV+ Event. We went scuba diving in the best locations and enjoyed all of the restaurants at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Dive-in with PADI is a Luxury Included Vacation + Events (LIV+) with five days of exhilarating aquatic adventures in turquoise waters. We saw so many SHARKS! It was superb diving and a great group. More about our trip: “Can your family vacation change the world?” and Tell Me More About Beaches Turks and Caicos!

PADI Dive in LIV+ Beaches Turks and Caicos
PADI Dive-in LIV+ Beaches Turks and Caicos 2020

To see more dive videos, dive stories and especially what happens at the Scuba Show in Long Beach and DEMA in Vegas: click here!

Lisa Niver scuba diving Coolidge in Vanuatu
Lisa Niver scuba diving Coolidge in Vanuatu
Lisa Niver underwater with PADI Dive-In at Beaches Turks and Caicos
Lisa Niver underwater with PADI Dive-In at Beaches Turks and Caicos 2020

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

2 responses to “TELL ME MORE ABOUT: Diving with SHARKS

  1. Thanks for sharing about your diving adventures in Tell Me More About: Diving With Sharks!
    Warren

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