Tubbataha Reef

Attraction Tubbataha North Reef Cagayancillo Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Nature
Outdoor
Park
Must see
2.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 130,028 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It's a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species.

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Why Tubbataha Reef is special ?

The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 130,028 ha, including the North and South Reefs. The word tubbataha is a combination of two Sama-Bajau words: tubba and taha, which together means "a long reef exposed at low tide". Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lies in a unique position in the centre of the Sulu Sea, and includes the Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley Reefs. It protects an area of almost 100,000 hectares of high quality marine habitats containing three atolls and a large area of deep sea. The property is home to a great diversity of marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are amongst the key species found here. The reef ecosystems support over 350 species of coral and almost 500 species of fish. The reserve also protects one of the few remaining colonies of breeding seabirds in the region.


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What to explore at Tubbataha Reef?

The Tubbataha is made up of two coral atolls or reefs called the North and the South separated by a deep 8-kilometre (5.0 mi) wide channel. Each atoll has a lagoon in the middle and small sandy islets.

North Atoll, the larger of the two, is 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) long and 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) wide. The ranger station is located on an islet on the Southeast edge of North Atoll. A small islet called North Islet lies in the northern edge of the reef's lagoon. Amos Rocks is located near the southwestern tip of the reef. South Rock is at the southern tip of the atoll on a sandy cay.

South Reef is 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) in length and 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) in width. Tubbataha Lighthouse is located near the southern tip of South Atoll on a small low islet called South islet. A rock called Black rock lies on the northern edge of South atoll.

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How to get to Tubbataha Reef?

From Manila, divers take one of the regular flights to Puerto Princesa. Dive operators usually transport their guests from the airport to the pier, just minutes away, where their boat awaits.

It takes around 10 hours to get to the Park from Puerto Princesa. Most dive boats leave after dinner and arrive in Tubbataha early the next morning. Some slower vessels leave the wharf earlier in order to arrive at Tubbataha by first light.

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Selling points

  • Fantastic week of diving
  • Best wall diving and pelagics
  • Underwater Paradise
  • Amazing Experience
  • Rarest and most wonderful reef ever seen
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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
114.98 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
13 places

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Tips for you

  • Nice healthy corals and many kinds of aimals
    What to see
  • Bring food to cook because your trip may be 5 or 6 days.
    Food
  • You should not diving in rainy day
    Environment
  • Divers should diligently choose the dive boat to completely enjoy the Tubbataha trip. You should find a good dive boat with live aboard arrangements
    Equipment
  • The best time to dive is April
    Timming
  • You should not dive in rainy season.
    Weather
  • Be careful with sharks
    Safety
  • Many sharks around so be careful
    Things nearby
  • Preparing a good rope to hold on while doing some snorkeling
    What to bring
  • Price for a live aboard may be expensive.
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

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I visited Tubbataha Reefs in 2012 from the live-aboard Hans-Christian Andersen. 5 days of fantastic diving. The reef is simply stunning - that much that tears come into your eyes - an unterwater jungle. It would take me too long to describe what we saw. five different species of Rays (including giant manta rays), 4 different species of sharks (including great hammerhead), huge shoals of giant sweetlips and jacks. Unbelievable beauty and endless walls. I have dived before in the red sea, caribic, and Europe, but never seen anything like this. The diving there is quite limited, which I think is a good thing in order to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Greatbdiving experience. Blue gin water and big pelagics.Saw some giant manta rays. Loved my time here. Its a UNESCOWorld heritage site.

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The Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best diving location in the Philippines barr none! Tubbataha should be on every SCUBA diver's bucket list.

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I visited Tubbataha Reefs in 2012 from the live-aboard Hans-Christian Andersen. 5 days of fantastic diving. The reef is simply stunning - that much that tears come into your eyes - an unterwater jungle. It would take me too long to describe what we saw. five different species of Rays (including giant manta rays), 4 different species of sharks (including great hammerhead), huge shoals of giant sweetlips and jacks. Unbelievable beauty and endless walls. I have dived before in the red sea, caribic, and Europe, but never seen anything like this. The diving there is quite limited, which I think is a good thing in order to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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