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TUBBATAHA

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lies in a unique position in the centre of the Sulu Sea and includes the Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley Reefs. It protects an area of almost 100,000 hectares of high-quality marine habitats containing three atolls and a large area of deep sea. Home to a great diversity of marine life; whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are amongst the key species found here. The reef ecosystems support over 350 species of coral and almost 500 species of fish.

The remote and undisturbed character of the region and the continued presence of large marine fauna such as tiger sharks, cetaceans and turtles, and big schools of pelagic fishes such as barracuda and trevallies add to the aesthetic qualities of the property.

The presence of top predator species, such as tiger and hammerhead sharks,

are indicators of the ecological balance of the property. The property also offers a demonstration site to study the responses of a natural reef system in relation to the impacts of climate change.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park provides an important habitat for internationally threatened and endangered marine species. Located within the Coral Triangle, the reef supports 374 species of corals, almost 90% of all coral species in the Philippines. The reefs also support eleven species of cetaceans, eleven species of sharks, and an estimated 479 species of fish, including the iconic and threatened Napoleon wrasse. There are the highest population densities known in the world for white tip reef sharks. Pelagic species such as jacks, tuna, barracuda, manta rays, whale sharks and different species of sharks also are common here and the property is a very important nesting, resting and juvenile development area for two species of endangered marine turtles: green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

The Park is only open from March to June every Year.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1
13:00-15:00 Pick up the Guest from Airport or Hotel in Puerto Princessa
Embarkation at MV Dolphin 15:00 at Puerto Princessa Port
Briefing from Tubbataha Management Office and Clearance of Coast Guard
Departure to Tubbataha Reef 18:00
Dinner 19:00 overnight to Tubbataha Reef 90 Miles

Day 2
On arriving on Tubbataha Reef we will check which buoy is available, then make the
decision to dive either the North or South Atoll.
06:00 wake up
07:00 Diving Jessie Beazley Reef
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Dive 2 - On arriving on Tubbataha Reef we will check which buoy is available,
then make the decision to dive either the North or South Atoll depending on the weather.
12:30 Dive 3
14:00 Lunch
16:00 Dive 4
19:30 Dive 5
21:00 Dinner

Days 3 - 5: North or South Atoll Day 6 (last day)
06:00 wake up 06:00 wake up
07:00 Dive 1 07:00 am Dive 1
08:30 Breakfast 08:30 Breakfast
[10:00 Dive 2 [10:00 Dive 2
[12:30 Dive 3 [12:30 Dive 3
[14:00 Lunch [14:00 Lunch
[16:00 Dive 4 [16:00 Dive 4
[19:30 Dive 5 [17:00 Overnight back to Puerto Princessa Port
[21:00 Dinner [19:30 Dinner

Day 7
07:00 -09:00 Arriving in Puerto Princessa Port
09:00-12:00 Embarkation and Transfer to the Hotel or Airport

No minimum dive experience is required because there are 2 or 3 Groups with Divemaster.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip at around 14:00. Divers are recommended to wait for 24 hours before flying after the last dive.

TUBBATAHA Schedule

24.03. – 30.03.  2 pax   Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa) 1990,- USD

31.03. – 07.04.  7 pax   Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa) 2290,- USD

09.04. – 15.04.  2 Pax   Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa) 1990,- USD

16.04. Full

23.04. Full

01.05. Full

10.05. – 16.05.     11 Pax    Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa) 1990,-USD

17.05. Full

25.05. Full

03.06. – 09.06.     9 pax       Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa -Puerto Princesa) 1990,-USD

10.06. – 16.06.     17 Pax    Tubbataha Reef (Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa) 1990,-USD