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Tubbataha Reefs

Written by Patrick

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OVERVIEW

Tubbataha Reef

Caption: Marine Life in Tubbataha Reef | Image Source

Located in the heart of Sulu Sea, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as one of the most diverse spots on earth.  It is also one of the most remote diving sites in the Philippines as it can only be reached by liveaboard between March and June.  It is blessed with more than 600 species of fish, 350 species of corals, 11 species of sharks, 13 species of dolphin and whales, and 2 species of sea turtles.

Amos Rock is considered the best dive spot in Tubbataha with dives conducted between 6 and 70 meters.  Its wall is covered with different species of corals, gorgonians, and purple sea fans and is inhabited by large reef sharks.  For grey reef sharks and tropical reef fish, the Washing Machine known for its best visibility is the spot to be.  Black Rock is popular for whitetip sharks, rays, groupers, and giant trevally.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Type of Attraction:
Natural parks
Address:
Cagayancillo, Palawan, Philippines
Phone:
(048) 716-1631
Hours:
Mid March to mid June
Closed:
Mid June to mid March
Best Time to Visit:
Mid March to mid June
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Vessel fees
P3000 ($60 USD) – 100 gross tons and below
P4500 ($90 USD) – 101-200 gross tons
P6000 ($120 USD) – 201 gross tons and above

Gear rentals (daily rate)
P1250 ($25 USD) – 15L tank
P500 ($10 USD) – BCD
P750 ($15 USD) – Regulator
P600 ($12 USD) – Dive computer
P350 ($7 USD) – Wetsuit
P250 ($5 USD) – Mask, fins, and booties

P5000 ($100 USD) – Entrance fee visitors
P250 ($5 USD) – Entrance fee divemaster
P115,000 ($2200) – P140,000 ($2700) – Dive package (Includes airport transfers, taxes, reservation fees, meals, dives, and 5-6 nights liveaboard accommodation
Notes:
Tubbataha Reef is not for everyone. To explore the underwater scene, one must have Advanced dive qualification.

Permits are required in order to be allowed to travel and explore the reefs. It is best to book and secure permits as early as February as slots get sold out months before diving season begins.

Always follow the park rules and regulations to protect this gem and ensure everyone’s safety. Bear in mind that the nearest medical facility is ten hours away so being careful and mindful of your actions can help prevent any untoward circumstances.

Make sure to bring your complete gears and that every equipment works perfectly before going for a dive. When renting, it is best to reserve prior to your trip.

Phone and internet access may not be available in the park.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

MAP

This attraction is located near Puerto Princesa City on the Palawan Island.

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NEED TO KNOW

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is closed from June to mid March

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Photos

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Videos

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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