Tubbataha Reef Natural Park lies in the middle of the Sulu Sea about 150 kms southeast of Puerto Princesa City. It is composed of North and South Atolls and the adjacent Jessie Beazley Reef and roughly contains 25,000 acres of pristine corals with rich biodiversity. 
tubbataha reef national park
tubbataha reef national park map


Tubbataha Reef National Park lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the geographic centre of world marine biodiversity.  Although the Coral Triangle covers just two percent of our planet’s oceans, it contains at least 40 percent of the world’s fishes and 75 percent of corals. Tubbataha’s position at the centre of the Coral Triangle plays a key role in marine biodiversity conservation and in keeping our oceans alive.

Coral Triangle

In 1993, Tubbataha was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its pristine reefs and high diversity of marine life  serve as vital and essential habitat for internationally threatened and endangered marine species, with exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.

tubbataha reef

In 1999 Tubbataha Reef National Park was inscribed on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance, because of its outstanding biodiversity and its important role as a habitat for fishes, reptiles, invertebrates and water-birds.
Tubbataha’s biodiversity… about 600 species of fishes…   

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Tubbataha’s two islets are habitats for over 100 species of endemic and  migratory birds and among the last known safe breeding grounds of seabirds in Southeast Asia.  The islets are the only known breeding grounds for the Philippines’ endemic subspecies of Black Noddy (Anous minutus worcestri) and the critically endangered Christmas Island Frigatebirds (Fregata andrewsi). 


Habitat for 12 species of sharks;  13 species of dolphins & whales;  Green  and Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata).

tubbataha reef biodiversity
tubbataha reef biodiversity image


360 species of corals (about half of all coral species in the world)

tubbataha reef national park corals
tubbataha reef national park corals


tubbataha reef national park diving
tubbataha reef national park diving

Tubbataha  has been considered one of the most extraordinary dive sites in the world; dive season is about three months long, from mid-March to mid-June.  At this time of year diving in Tubbataha is usually very favorable – clear skies, calm seas and visibility between 30 and 45 meters.

Tourism plays a key role in the conservation of Tubbataha, as park entrance fees provide the necessary funds to manage and patrol the Park.
For those interested to discover the magnificence and grandeur of Tubbataha and conquer it for a time... without getting  wet, see the video below… shared by sea-air-land/valentina6…

Video shared by … TLXUnderwater video

Video shared by – Walter marti

But for those who want to experience Tubbataha in person contact the Tubbataha Management Office at:


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