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Enter an Underwater Kingdom 2017.01.02 00:26:57
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"Enter an Underwater Kingdom"

On Tubbataha Reef, the best diving spot in the Philippines 


          Located within the northern apex of the Coral Triangle, Tubbataha Reef is often considered to be the best

dive spot in the Philippines. Reachable only by scuba diving liveaboard boats leaving from the province of

Palawan, Tubbataha dive trips are often booked years in advance. It’s no surprise that scuba divers would want

to experience Tubbataha firsthand. Recently nominated as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the Natural

World’, this marine protected area is home to a staggering wealth of biodiversity.





          The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 130,028 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique

example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site

for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m

perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. The reefs of the property support 374 species of

corals, almost 90% of all coral species in the Philippines. The reefs and seas of the property also support eleven

species of cetaceans, eleven species of sharks, and an estimated 479 species of fish, including the iconic and

threatened Napoleon wrasse. The property supports 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. There are

seven breeding species of seabirds and Bird Islet and South Islet are breeding grounds to seven resident and

endangered  breeding species of seabirds. The critically endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird is a regular

visitor to the property.


 

 

 

          It is one of the Philippines’ oldest ecosystems. It plays a key role in the process of reproduction,

dispersal  and colonization by marine organisms in the whole Sulu Sea system, and helps support fisheries

outside its boundaries.





Now, it is a site protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Center. While visiting is encouraged, also helping the

ause is even more highly encouraged. Find out how to help protect the Reef at unesco.org.





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