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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.