The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park


Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park or Tubbataha Natural Park is an atoll reef considered to be one of the greatest or diverse marine spots on earth. As one of the oldest ecosystems in the Philippines, it is home to over 360 species of coral and almost 700 species of fish. Among the key species found here are dolphins, napoleon wrasse, sharks, turtles, and whales. The site features a pristine coral reef of amazing 330 feet deep perpendicular wall, lagoons, and reef flats. It is listed as one of the wetlands of international importance.

The marine and bird sanctuary covers a total area of 97,000 hectares. It is composed of North Atoll, South Atoll and the Jessie Beazley Reef. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected or conservation area and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are no human habitation within its area. Tubbataha can only be reached by booking on “liveboards”. It is about 10-12 hour travel from jump-off point to Tubbataha. Tourists can only stay on their boat/yacht all throughout their time in the park since there are no facilities available. Activities in the park include diving, snorkeling and bird-watching.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is open from mid March to mid June only.

Where is Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park?

Tubbataha is located in the middle of Sulu Sea in the Philippines. The park is 93 miles southeast of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan Province. It is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan. The park and the rest of Philippine archipelago is part of the Coral Triangle, the global center of marine biodiversity.

Map of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

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