Tubbataha Reef Liveaboard Diving Trips
Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea of the Philippines. 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa City in the Palawan Province. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
In 1993 the UNESCO declared Tubbataha as World Heritage Site, and in 2008 was nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The word tubbataha is a combination of two samal words: tubba and taha, which together means “a long reef exposed at low tide”.The reef is made up of two coral atolls divided by an eight-kilometer wide channel. The South Atoll, the smaller of the two is five kilometers in length and three kilometers in width; while the North Atoll, the larger of the two is 16 kilometers long and five kilometers wide.
Over 1000 species inhabit the reef, many of which are endangered. There are giant trevally (jacks), hammerhead sharks, grey reefsharks, white and blacktip reefsharks, barracudas, manta rays, whale sharks, palm-sized Moorish idols, napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, and moray eels living in the sanctuary. There also have been reported sightings of tiger sharks, and Tubbataha is well known as being home to many hawksbill turtles.
We offer Tubbataha National Marine Park liveaboard trips between the months of April to June. It is in this period when currents are the most calm.
Getting to Tubbataha Reef
You will need to book a flight from Manila to Puerto Princessa. Flights from 8AM, 9AM or 10AM are the best connections. Flight time 45 min. At the airport you will be picked up and taken to the pier 15 minutes away.
The return flight should also be on the same day as the trip ends. Best flight time would be 12 noon.