Monty is an ex-Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties. He left the Marines to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and biology, achieving a First Class Honours Degree and becoming qualified as a marine biologist.

His degree was funded by running expeditions, the most notable of which was leading a multi-national team to the discovery of a sunken city off the Indian coast in 2002. During this period he also led four expeditions to Southern Africa, three to Malawi to explore the ecosystem of the lake and investigate poaching activity on the Nyika Plateau, and one to South Africa to dive looking for evidence of prehistoric settlements in cave systems off the Cape. For his work he was awarded the Bish Medal for services to exploration by the Scientific Exploration Society.

His work in television is incredibly diverse, but what caught my interest was his scuba diving documentaries.

Most of the world great unsolved mysteries are covered by water and Monty Hall explores stories that have baffled the diving world. He travels to mysterious underwater locations, meeting sceptics and believers, diving at the cutting each of technology to discover the truth around ghost ships, sunken treasure and underwater curses.

In his 2013 series Dive Mysteries, Monty tries to solve some of the mysteries that have baffled scuba divers worldwide. Why has Egypt’s Blue Hole claimed the lives of so many divers? Could it be the vengeful spirit of a dead girl that lurks these waters, as the superstitious locals say? Does a Japanese Atlantis really exist or is it just a natural rock formation? How did the Mary Celeste wreck go unnoticed for over 100 years and how come the sailors who had been on board were never heard from again? Lastly, is there a safe full of German gold coins in a deep sinkhole in the Namibian desert?

You can watch his series here and find out: