Are you a fan of Scuba Diving? Do you enjoy exploring the depths of the deep blue sea?

Scuba diving is one of the most fun and exhilarating things a traveler can do while on vacation in a tropical location. But did you know THIRDHOME has stunning homes in some of the best diving locations in the world? Keep reading to learn where you can book your next scuba adventure!

Cabo, Mexico

One of the main benefits of diving in Cabo is that the water stays relatively warm all year long, with an average annual temperature of 76°F. Cabo is a desirable vacation spot in all four seasons because the weather is always warm, no matter the month. The types of sea life you can swim with are extraordinary. Divers can expect to see everything from different types of whales to sharks, rays, seahorses, and all types of fish.

The Beachfront Flats (Cabo)

At this beachfront paradise, the only thing standing between you and the Sea of Cortez’s aquamarine waters is warm sand. Nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” the Sea of Cortez is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the premier diving spots on the planet, with an impressive array of marine life.


Belize is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most sought-after diving sites and part of the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the most famous dive in all of Belize, and most recognized by those who are unfamiliar with the Scuba world.

Still Waters

Located in the main town (San Pedro) on Belize’s largest island, lies one of its most attractive properties in Still Waters. Located near some of the best diving and fishing spots in the world, Still Waters sleeps 11 guests comfortably with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If you get tired from Scuba, you can relax with local fishing, shopping, dining, and sailing!


The Maldives are known worldwide for their world-class diving. Comprised of 1,200+ islands, coral reefs, and coral islands, it’s not hard to imagine why. Better yet, because of the tropical climate, it’s also a place you can dive year-round. You don’t need to cram your trip into a narrow time period! Because of the diverse environments, divers can expect to encounter reefs, drifts, and even wreckage locations.

Not only are the Maldives known for their crystal clear waters and diving opportunities, but they’re also known for having some of the best and most luxurious hotels and lodging in the world. And the THIRDHOME destinations are no different.

Soneva Jani

Why not stay in a floating mansion for a week? Located on a cluster of islands in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Noonu Atoll offers diving experiences for all levels and enables you to swim with grey reef sharks, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, jackfish, morays, schooling blue-striped snapper, and turtles.

Soneva Fushi

Located not too far from Soneva Jani is one of the nicest resorts in all of the Maldives, Soneva Fushi. Located from the steps of the beach, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom villa offers a private swimming pool and slide, along with a private garden and deck that connects directly to the beach. Like Jani, Soneva Fushi offers world-class diving along with snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.


The Great Barrier Reef. That’s it. That’s the sentence. This is the most famous dive spot in the entire world, and it is, of course, located in Australia. But that’s not the only place where divers can expect the trip of a lifetime: The Land Down Under is also known for Yongala, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, and Navy Pier.

Unique Pebble Beach Home

The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef, are one of the most pristine dive destinations in the world, with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays, and even visiting dolphins and whales.

Are you thinking about making your next THIRDHOME trip a scuba-filled retreat? Click here to find your next beach home exchange, and be sure to check out everything you need to know about diving in 2022.

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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Arrowtown, New Zealand, and Port Douglas, Australia. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.


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Cottage at Millbrook | Arrowtown, New Zealand

This central Otago resort property is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu. Surrounded by alpine mountain ranges, The Cottage at Millbrook is the perfect place for a New Zealand nature retreat and nearby trips to destinations like Queenstown. Enjoy views of the golf fairways and mountains as you unwind after a day of outdoor exploration. Sleep up to 4 people in this open and modern residence.

THIRDHOME member David says, “We absolutely loved our time staying at the ‘Cottage at Millbrook’. The home was exactly as described and pictured online. What I did not expect was just how fantastic the surrounding area was and how excellent all the amenities were!” click here to read more of David’s review.


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Chez Willow | Port Douglas, Australia

Find yourself in Port Douglas with this beautiful beach-block pool villa. Only two minutes from Four Mile Beach, this home is perfect for beach-goers and Great Barrier Reef explorers. Sleep up to 6 people across this home’s 3-bedrooms, after spending the day lounging poolside. This home’s modern comforts, tropical ambiance and nearby outdoor activities make for the perfect Queensland escape.

THIRDHOME member Francisca says, “We really enjoyed our stay at Chez Willow and loved Port Douglas. The house is very well located in the center of the village within walking distance from the beach, marina, all restaurants, and shops. It is as stated in the pictures, with three very comfortable spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms…” click here to read more of Francisca’s review.


Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our luxury home exchange club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.


THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Mt. Kenya, Kenya and Palm Beach, Australia. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.


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The Round House at Olepangi Farm | Timau, Kenya

Discover the wilderness surrounding Mount Kenya at Olepangi Farm, an authentic 120-acre farmstead in the Laikipia region of Kenya. This family-run lodge features all-inclusive meals, drinks and a bar during your stay. Olepangi Farm is also home to GoWild Africa, a horse riding safari vendor. If you want to explore the surrounding area by horse or play a round of polo, this property is perfect for you. The Round House cottage itself is well appointed and can sleep up to 2 people. Start planning a romantic Kenyan safari today with Olepangi Farm!

THIRDHOME member Naseer says, “This was one of the best vacations for my wife and I. We had a wonderful time and a fantastic experience. We were looked after superbly by efficient staff and extremely caring owners. It provided the warmth of home with incredible views and activities including horse back riding and the tour to Mount Kenya.” click here to read more of Naseer’s review.


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Casa Bella | Palm Beach, Australia

Perched over the vast Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Casa Bella, a 5,900 square foot Palm Beach villa. With room for up to 8 people and nearby access to famous Palm Beach, this property is perfect for a family beach retreat. The state-of-the-art kitchen and outdoor dining area will let you experience the full panoramic glory of the Palm Beach coast. The Palm Beach area is also surrounded by plenty of shopping, 5-star dining and is only a 25-mile drive to Sydney.

THIRDHOME member Anne says, “The main feature of Casa Bella is the spectacular view from all rooms. Palm Beach is arguably the most picturesque of all Sydney’s fabulous beaches and Casa Bella looks over the ocean towards the northern part of the beach and Barrenjoey headland behind it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.” click here to read more of Anne’s review.


Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our luxury home exchange club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

On February 15th, 2018, the THIRDHOME team added a gorgeous property in Sydney, Australia. That property happened to be the 10,000th property added to our luxury home exchange club.

“I always knew we would reach 10,000, but to actually see it, that’s something else.”-THIRDHOME Founder & CEO, Wade Shealy


THIRDHOME‘s 10,000th property, the Pacific House,  is a modern beach home in Palm Beach, just north of Sydney.

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Patrick and Karen, the property owners, are rightfully proud of their home. Its construction was carried out by the notable Sydney architect studio, Casey Brown.

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Beyond a stunning design, the home features stellar views of Palm Beach and the New South Wales coastline. There’s also a plunge pool overlooking the water.

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The sleek interior has an open layout and floor-to-ceiling windows. Those stellar coastline views follow you throughout the home, even to the master bedroom.

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The property has a total of 3 bedrooms; there are 2 queens and a king-sized bed. With room for 6 people, this property is perfect for a Sydney beachside getaway!


Keep an eye on this property for your next Australian adventure!

While we celebrate the 10,000th property, we also celebrate every other THIRDHOME luxury home exchange club member who has contributed to this milestone. We are thankful for each and every home and owner that has added to our portfolio. We raise our glasses to you!

Based out of Dublin, Ireland, Michael Johnson and Jane Forman love using THIRDHOME to travel the world. Their coastal South Africa home has taken them to New Zealand and Australia. Learn how Michael and Jane use THIRDHOME to enhance their travel lifestyle.

Michael Johnson

Waipapa, Golf Course North Island, NZ

How did you get involved with THIRDHOME?

We were recommended by members of THIRDHOME based in Canada.

Where are you based?

Dublin, Ireland

Who do you usually travel with?

We like to travel together as a couple.

What do you do for a living?

I am now retired.

What are your favorite travel hobbies?

Local Cultures, sightseeing, foodies and golf.

Michael Johnson

Queenstown, South Island, NZ

In your past travels with THIRDHOME, what was your favorite destination and what did you love about it? 

New Zealand and Australia were very special, we planned a long trip and stayed in a range of THIRDHOME member properties over a period of 3 months – this was the trip of a lifetime made possible in part by other THIRDHOME members.

What’s the next destination you are eyeing to travel to with THIRDHOME?

We have a number of trips already booked in the system, Arabella in South Africa,  Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Marabella in Spain.

Michael Johnson

Waipapa, Golf Course North Island, NZ

What do you love most about your property with THIRDHOME?

We know we have a lovely home in a great location that is very popular with members who enjoy what we have and that gives us a really good feeling.

Compared to other exchange and rental platforms, how has your experience been hosting other THIRDHOME members?

We get the type of guests who respect our home and are generally experienced in travel and protocols, we have never had a problem with THIRDHOME members as they are just like us!!

Any personal/family achievements you’d like to share?

Being able to retire early enough to enjoy long trips and visit exotic places has been a real achievement.

How has THIRDHOME changed the way you travel?

It lets us stay in wonderful homes in super locations, we can visit places that otherwise may never have been on our radar and brings us luxury travel at affordable levels.

Michael Johnson

Janet on a helicopter tour to see the Great Barrier Reef

What is the nicest amenity you have encountered while staying at a THIRDHOME property?

We have stayed in some truly spectacular properties that have everything you could ever want and one in particular in New Zealand had a wonderful master suite.

What makes a THIRDHOME stay so special?

Luxury is generally how we describe our experiences – properties live up to our expectations or exceed them, and the vetting and assistance from THIRDHOME staff is fantastic.

Michael Johnson

Michael and Janet’s view of The Great Barrier Reef

How is staying in a THIRDHOME different than other types of accommodations?

It’s home away from home, and the standards are very high and locations are special, we have not found that consistently elsewhere.

How would you describe THIRDHOME to a friend?

If you have a high-quality property that you wish to use for the purpose of traveling to similar quality properties in great locations, THIRDHOME is the best possible option.

Michael Johnson

Abel Tasman, South Island, NZ

What’s the most memorable restaurant you’ve eaten at during one of your trips?

Mudbrick Restaurant and Vinyard on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand. The food and ambiance was just fantastic.

Any travel tips for fellow members?

We found that building a “war chest of credits [Keys]”  allowed us to stay in THIRDHOME properties on a road trip type basis and this is a great way to assist organizing complex itineraries.

Michael Johnson

Pelican Point, Western Australia. 6 iron, 158 yards.



New Zealand

Tuki Tuki River Valley Cottage | New Zealand

The Tuki Tuki River Valley Cottage looks across beautiful hills of Black Barn Vineyards, a boutique vineyard known for a variety of sustainably grown varietals. This home’s decor has been lovingly assembled to complement the panoramic landscape found just outside the patio doors. Sleep up to 6 people in this property while discovering all that the Hawke’s Bay region has to offer. Catch a show at Black Barn’s Underground Cellar or go fly-fishing in the Tuki Tuki river! Bike through New Zealand’s stunning wine country or golf at the world-famous Cape Kidnappers. Make this gorgeous property a part of your next holiday plans!

THIRDHOME member Christopher says, “What a wonderful time we had at this charming house in the gorgeous Tuki Tuki River Valley! Both the owner and the property manager were available, helpful and courteous. We prepared a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner with local ingredients, and gave thanks in toasts with delicious local wines!” click here to read more of Christopher’s review


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Mirage Villa | Australia

Discover the beauty of Queensland’s coast at this spacious resort villa. This 3-bedroom property puts you right next to Four-Mile Beach and its stunning views of the Coral Sea. Port Douglas, a seaside village, is also worth exploring while you’re not relaxing along the coast. For adventure seekers, visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest or cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. But the home’s marble finishes and large living spaces might make it difficult to leave. Book this property for your next holiday Down Under!

THIRDHOME member Andrew says, “As an introduction to Port Douglas, the Mirage Villa was outstanding. The development as a whole is maintained to possibly the highest standard we have ever experienced, and we have seen most places around the world. It is an oasis.” click here to read more of Andrew’s review


Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

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What is it like to return to your hometown and explore through the eyes of a tourist? Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME’s Best Job On The Planet winner, shares her experience of returning to Sydney, Australia, while staying at Northern Beaches Bliss, a luxury THIRDHOME property in Cromer.

Members, want to go on your own adventure Down Under?  Click here to browse stays in Australia, and get ready to plan your next trip!

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Just before the holidays, THIRDHOME held a launch party in Sydney, Australia, to announce its expansion in the market to fellow members, partners and interested parties. See how the event went below.

THIRDHOME Founder, CEO and Chairman, Wade Shealy, and Partner and President of Europe, Asia and Oceania, Giles Adams, made a special appearance in Sydney to discuss the Australian launch.


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The launch party was held at Australia’s oldest established jeweler, Fairfax & Roberts, making for an elegant backdrop to the festivities. Fairfax & Roberts also provided the chance to win special edition THIRDHOME Key necklaces to select attendees who signed up for the club, pictured below.

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Special thanks to Tokonoma, one of Sydney’s most unique restaurants, for catering a beautiful spread of modern Japanese cuisine for the event.

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The work of John Maitland, one of Australia’s most exciting artists, was featured at the event. His skillful use of oil and acrylic paint make for some delightful compositions.

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Other special guests included THIRDHOME member Bridget Ramey and The Best Job On The Planet 2017 winner and Sydney native, Sorelle Amore, who made a guest appearance to discuss her experiences at 12 different THIRDHOME properties.

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Keep scrolling to see more pictures from the event…

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Thank you to everyone who attended THIRDHOME‘s Australian launch party! Extra special thanks to Fairfax & Roberts, Tokonoma and John Maitland for bringing this event to life with their respective crafts.


As THIRDHOME‘s footprint Down Under continues to expand, be sure to stay up to date with new properties in the Australian market.

Click here to see all available properties in Australia.

“We’re willing to waive the initiation fee, right now, for everyone in Australia.”- Wade Shealy


Wade Shealy, Founder and CEO of THIRDHOME, and Bridget Ramey, of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty Austin, were featured on a Sky News real estate segment to discuss THIRDHOME‘s focus on expansion in Australia.


“THIRDHOME has become my travel agent and travel guru.”- Bridget Ramey


As THIRDHOME continues to grow and develop its relationships in Australia, more properties are sure to emerge for members. If you’ve ever been interested in a trip to Australia, now is a great time to be a THIRDHOME member. Keep track of the latest properties Down Under by clicking on the link below!

Click here to see all available THIRDHOME properties in Australia.

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