Biography & Career

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.

Into the blue

In 2003 Monty formed his own expedition company, completing four circumnavigations of the globe over the next four years, seeking out the greatest encounters in the ocean. This brought him to the attention of television producers, being head-hunted as a competitor in the flagship Channel 4 show ‘Superhumans’, a test of elite performers, competing in a series of challenges devised by the QinetiQ testing centre. Monty won this competition, and was in demand to present further series for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC. He is best known for his three BBC2 series ‘Great Escapes’, where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series ‘Great Barrier Reef’. In 2014 he has completed filming on the ground-breaking expedition series ‘Lost Worlds’ for the Discovery Channel. Monty has written several books, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, while retaining his enthusiasm for the natural world. He is also an Ambassador for various conservation groups and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Plymouth University. Over the last decade Monty’s real passion has become leadership and team building, drawing on his vast experience. As a speaker and corporate trainer, his work is both national and international, running courses from his base in south Devon and working with various organisations throughout the UK.

Biography & Career

Television

Great Ocean Escapes

Great Ocean Escapes

A 10 part series joining marine biologist, explorer and adventurer Monty Halls on an epic, globe spanning expedition to dive and swim with the most magnificent creatures in the world.

First aired 2006
Monty Halls' Great Escapes

Monty Halls' Great Escapes

Five one hour episodes following Monty and Reuben as they learned to live on the west coast of Scotland, exploring the Inner Hebrides and converting a ruined building into a small home. 

First aired 2009
Monty Halls' Great Hebridean Escape

Monty Halls' Great Hebridean Escape

Six one hours episodes following Monty (and Reuben) as he lived and worked as a volunteer wildlife ranger in the Outer Hebrides, working with local communities to raise money for conservation projects.

First aired 2010
Monty Halls' Great Irish Escape

Monty Halls' Great Irish Escape

Six one hour episodes following Monty (and Reuben again!) during his work as a whale and dolphin conservation officer in Connemara, Galway, a peninsular on the west coats of Ireland. 

First aired 2011
The Fisherman's Apprentice

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Six episodes following Monty’s attempts to become a fisherman in Cornwall, telling the story of the traditional fishing industry and the issues facing local communities with legislation and dwindling fish stocks.

First aired 2012
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Three beautiful, one hour episodes of a blue chip natural history series, telling the story of the Great Barrier Reef – how it was created, how it works and the intricate relationship between its inhabitants.

First aired 2012
Monty Halls' Dive Mysteries

Monty Halls' Dive Mysteries

Four one hour episodes following Monty and his team as they explore the greatest mysteries beneath the seas. (...Kaisers Gold, Divers Graveyard, Japan's Lost Atlantis, Ghost Ship of Thunder Bay).

First aired 2013
Lost Worlds

Lost Worlds

Four one hour episodes telling the story of expeditions to some of the most remote and fascinating places on earth, home to some of the greatest natural wonders and extraordinary creatures.

First aired 2015

TV Channels & Awards

Writing & Blogs

Monty is a seasoned writer, having penned his experiences in a series of entertaining and inspiring books. In these journals, Monty shares his more personal stories, his tales of adventure, and continues to enthuse the reader about his spectacular endeavours. Shop for Monty’s books on Amazon

REQUEST A SIGNED BOOK!

Would you like a personalised, signed copy of one of Monty’s books? Contact info@montyhalls.co.uk

Writing & Blogs

Monty's Blogs

MONTY'S GREAT ESCAPES

General musings, personal stories and wild pursuits straight from Monty. Get stuck in to Monty’s personal blog here:

montyhalls.blogspot.co.uk
SIMPLY SCUBA BLOG

Read Monty's contributions to the blog of the UK's best loved online Dive store, Simply Scuba.

www.simplyscuba.com/blog