Who is a Dive Expert for Departures? Lisa Niver

 

Thank you to Valentina Valentini for including me in your article for Departures, Top Scuba Diving Sites Around the World! The article went live the day before my 49th birthday. I am honored to be quoted as a Dive Expert. This year I am focused on doing 50 new or adventurous things before I am 50. One thing I also need to focus on is recognizing my achievements, I am a dive expert! I will start a new list of 50 achievements.


Who is a Dive Expert for Departures?

Find me on slide #5:
“Sipadan, Malaysia

Sipadan, the only oceanic island in Malaysia, has an extremely limited permit system for diving, making it a highly exclusive place to visit. But witnessing barracuda join together to create a feeding makes the trip well worth it. “It was one of my life’s most memorable moments,” says Lisa Niver, a PADI Divemaster/Master Diver with over 300 dives. Try using Scott Dunn luxury travel bookers for a one-of-a-kind diving vacation. Best time to go: July through August; from $1,440 per person for a 5-day stay.”

Who is a Dive Expert for Departures?

Another one of my favorite places, Palau, made the list on slide #9, Blue Corner, Palau:

“Blue Corner is one of the best dives in Palau, according to just about everyone. Part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean, this excursion is not for the faint of heart; it is an advanced dive often with currents that change in seconds. Expert diver Lisa Niver, recommends Sipadan as one of the top guides in the area (from $150 per dive); or, hire Grant W. Graves and have a fully customized experience among the whitetip sharks and king triggerfish. Best time to go: December through April.”

When I first started diving, I was scared as I had a near drowning as a child. I persevered and learned to dive and for many  years that was the focus of all my travels. I have returned again to diving recently and been so happy under water.

Where do you feel free? What do you feel grateful for? Share your story in my We Said Go Travel Writing Award, the theme is Where did you find the spark to follow your dreams?

Who is a Dive Expert for Departures?

One of Lisa’s recent dives in Cozumel, Mexico:

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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