Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park


Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is in the middle of the Sulu Sea, some 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Puerto Princesa. The park boasts over 1000 marine species and beautiful corals and the islets serve as a home to nesting birds and turtles. The park is regarded as one of the world’s finest diving destinations.

If scuba diving is your cup of tea, then make sure to put Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park on top of your list of places to visit in the Philippines. Billed as one of the world’s best dive sites, this wonderful aquatic world is a protected sanctuary that serves as a home to vibrant coral reefs, the endangered hawksbill sea turtles, sharks, lionfish, clownfish, sea turtles and mantra rays. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Tubbataha is a sanctuary to dozens of bird species as well.

How to get there? 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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