Tubbataha Reef is a remarkable reef system and recognized by the “world” as one of the famous dive spots featured in many articles and renowned magazines. Travel magazine companies recognized Tubbataha Reef as the top 8 dive spot in the world. This amazing spot is one of the reasons why Palawan is considered as the best island in the world.
Tubbataha Reef is located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan situated in Sulu Sea. The reef system is divided into 2: the North and the South which was separated by a deep and wide channel.
Tubbataha Reef is an atoll reef system and a habitat of many marine species which is the Philippines’ first marine park and became a UNESCO World Heritage on December 1993. It has been nominated in the 7 New Wonders of Nature but unfortunately lost the fight.
Tubbataha Reef is rich in marine life such as manta rays, sharks and turtles. Whale sharks are also spotted roaming around. Whale Sharks (Rhicodon Typus ) are growing in number inhabiting the area which are the largest living non-mammalian vertebrates on earth.
These data shows that Tubbataha Reef is a heaven for divers, very tempting and interesting. The beauty of this reef seems to reflect it’s price. The entrance to the reef USD $75.00 which is just fair to think this dive spot needs fund for the ongoing protection and conservation of the park.
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How to get to Tubbataha Reef:
The jump off point to Tubbataha Reef is Puerto Princesa. Getting to the dive site is a bit expensive since you have to book a liveboard. The sea travel can take 10 -12 hours. The dive package cost ranges form $1000 – $3000 depending on the numbers of days you want to stay.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit tubbatahareef.org.
Tubbataha Reef Trivia:
Philippines put so much attention to the reef that it was placed on 1,000 Philippine Peso bill. Do not be confused with Tubbataha Reef and Apo Reef, by the name itself they are not the same.
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