Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is a haven to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the World. The island consists of two islets with lots of corals and small caves rising from the volcanic depths of the Sulu Sea. The North Islet serves a nesting site for large species of birds and marine turtles. It covers 322 Km. including the North and South Reefs. The word “Tubbataha” comes from a Samal word “long reef expose at low tide”, Samal are group of people from the Sulu Sea. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park lies in middle of the Sulu Sea, it is located approximately 130 Km to the north. The site is about 150 Km southeast of Puerto Princesa. The word “Tubbataha” comes from a Samal word “long reef expose at low tide”, Samal are group of people from the Sulu Sea.
Besides from being a marine sanctuary, this is also a bird sanctuary. Some of the seabirds can be found such as red footed Bobbies, tern and frigate birds. There are about 8 Diving sites around the park; visitors mostly visit this place for diving. For security purpose, there are 10 diving operators who assist divers. Visitors can also enjoy snorkelling and observe some of the water creatures like hawksbill sea turtles, manta rays, giant jacks, sharks, barracudas, ells and other species of fish.
The best time to explore the natural beauty of Tubbataha Park is from the month of March to June. This is the time when tourist flocks this destination. It is also the time where the water promises excellent diving condition. Live-aboard boats, which is the only means of accommodation, is the only way to reach the site. If the weather is bad it’s impossible to moor around the Tubbataha reefs.
Tubbataha Reef Marine Park lies in middle of the Sulu Sea, it is located approximately 130 Km to the north. The site is about 150 Km southeast of Puerto Princesa. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is reputed as the country’s best diving site and one of the world’s best places for diving. It is considered as the Philippines first national marine park and Worlds Heritage Site by UNESCO. It protects high quality marine habitats containing 3 atolls and a large area of deep sea. The park is home to whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, seahorses and Napoleon wrasse. It preserves over 350 species of corals and reef fish.
How to get there :
The Tubbataha Park is located in the middle of Sulu Sea. It is only accessible by boat from Puerto Princesa City. The journey will take approximately 12 hours by boat. Booking early is the best option when planning to visit this place