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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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 and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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!

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