WHY SHOULD GO AND DIVE TUBBATAHA REEF?
The best diving in Philippines!
The marine park of Tubbataha was established in 1985 to safeguard an area of extraordinary naturalistic interest. The fully submerged reef is located in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, 90 miles south of Palawan Island. Thanks to the great distance from the mainland and the often difficult climate, Tubbattaha remained isolated until the early 1980s, when local fishermen equipped with motor boats, began exploitation, fishing with bombs and without rules. Fortunately, the Philippine government decreed the marine park area. Since then, the excellent management and strict rules, with an absolute ban on fishing, have allowed the conservation and made Tubbataha one of the best preserved marine areas on the planet. The park has been included in the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. For divers it is a paradise; there are a great variety of large animals, reef sharks, greys, tigers, manta rays, large groupers, napoleons, barracudas, turtles, just to name a few. For the macro there are nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps and pygmy seahorses. Beautiful corals, gorgonians and anemones with a relative infinite variety of reef fish make it all very colourful.
Diving season in Tubbataha
Tubbataha can only be visited on a cruise between March and June, when sea conditions are calm. There are no shelters in the area, in periods of rain and typhoons, liveaboards cannot operate in the park. Boarding and disembarkation take place in Puerto Princesa, which can be reached by internal flights from Manila and Cebu.
Diving Cruises in Tubbataha Reef
The liveaboards operating liveaboards in Tubbataha:
Without doubt the best diving boat in the Philippines, 32 meters long, with 8 cabins all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. Atlantis offers cruises to Tubbataha from March to June. The boat has a comfortable and spacious dive deck, room with private spaces for storing video cameras, restaurant, sundeck and bar. The number of dives per day can reach up to 5.
25 meter boat with 8 cabins all with bathroom and air conditioning, for a maximum of 16 divers. At the center of the main deck, the restaurant hall, with library and comfortable sofas and the video camera charging station. The sundeck is located in a panoramic position.
The Infiniti, a 39-meter boat, with 11 cabins with bathroom and air conditioning. The common areas consist of an enclosed lounge with air conditioning, where meals are served and a huge sundeck with sun beds and mattresses for relaxing moments. The on-board service is of excellent quality. The diving area is extended, with tables and refills for cameras, Bauer compressors and top-level equipment.
The new Philippine Aggressor, 45 meters, has 12 cabins for 24 divers, divided into three categories: 5 deluxe lower deck, 04 deluxe main deck and 3 suites with balconies. All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning. A large indoor hall that serves as a restaurant, an outdoor lounge, the sundeck with sun beds and armchairs, bar, grill and a photo and video center, form the common areas. The Philippine Aggressor entered service in May 2020, from mid-March to mid-June it operates in Tubbataha.