• Diving Tubbataha

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    Tubbataha

    Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, in recognition of its outstanding universal value in terms of marine life species diversity and richness, Tubbataha Reef offers some truly amazing diving, only accesible by liveaboard!

    Feb – Jun

    6 & 13 night trips, from

    2990

Dive Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, departing Puerto Princesa.


The reefs of Tubbataha consist of vertical walls or near drop off's rising out of great depths where hammerheads, thresher sharks and whale sharks can be seen. The shallow reef tops are teeming with colourful reef fish whilst at many dive sites stingrays, spiny lobsters, immature manta rays and turtles are found.

Tubbataha - S/Y Philippine Siren


6 & 13 night trips

6 night Departs / Returns: Puerto Princessa
13 night Departs / Returns: Puerto Princessa - Mactan

Trip highlights*:

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  • North Atoll
  • South Atoll
  • Jessie Beazley reef
  • Cebu (13 night trip only)
  • Balicasag (13 night trip only)
  • Apo Island (13 night trip only)
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*Trip itinerary can be subject to changes in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

Tubbataha Dive sites

Here is a selection of some of our most popular dive sites that we like to visit during our Tubbataha trips.

Delsan Wreck - South Atoll

Delsan Wreck - South Atoll

Laying in of water, this wreckage attracts schools of snappers & sweetlips, as well as eagle rays and plenty of sharks. White tips, black tips and grey reef sharks can all be seen feeding here. Turtles are common visitors and there are plenty of molluscs and crustaceans to entertain macro lovers around the wreckage and along the wall. During our trips we often dive here twice as the marine life is simply fantastic.

Black Rock, Tubbataha Reef

Black Rock, Tubbataha Reef

There is so much to explore at this dive site that we will often spend the whole day diving here. Schools of surgeon fish, rainbow runners and sweetlips are a common sight, White tip and nurse sharks are found resting under huge table corals and scribbled filefish, box fish and leaf fish add to the colour and spectacle of the stunning reefs; a great site for spotting spiny lobster too!

Washing Machine - North Atoll

Washing Machine - North Atoll

The reef slopes to 12m then drops into the abyss, not for the feint hearted, Washing machine is known for its strong and sometimes unpredictable currents, however with them come the sharks and manta rays. Grey reef and white tips are amongst the common sightings and the occasional hammerhead is know to cruise by and the mantas make diving in currents look easy and graceful! Expect also to see large Napoleon wrasse, pickhandle barracuda, jacks and dogtooth tuna.

Donato’s Wall, Tubbataha Reef

Donato’s Wall, Tubbataha Reef

Adorned with stunning sea fans and colourful soft corals, Donato’s wall is super for wide-angle photography. Schools of bannerfish hove in the blue, turtles bimble along the wall and from the sandy bed garden eels and gobies emerge. Nurse sharks are also seen here and the hard coral formations are very impressive.

Malayan, Tubbataha Reef

Malayan, Tubbataha Reef

A super site to focus on macro, numerous shrimps and crabs can be found amongst the corals, whilst many types of nudibranch and sea slug are also found on and around the wreckage. The reef wall is also stunning with colourful fans and corals and several species reef sharks can be seen during the dive. Ghost pipefish can be spotted hovering mysteriously above the bottom also.


13 night transfer cruises

On our twice yearly 13 night transfer cruises you will also get the chance to dive the following sites, along with many of the sites in our Visayas itinerary.

Ginama-An, Negros

Ginama-An, Negros

A typical dark sand dive with small out-croppings in which to hunt for octopus, frog fish and scorpion fish, with the occasional turtle cruising by. Ceres provides a mix of marine life from schools of snapper, banner fish and fusiliers to tiny bubble coral shrimp and squat lobsters. An assortment of anemone fish can be seen including spine cheek and skunk varieties. Demon stingers and smashing mantis shrimp can be seen scurrying along the bottom and robust ghost pipefish can be spotted bobbing about.

Lighthouse - South Atoll

Lighthouse - South Atoll

The shallow sloping reef with sea grass beds is the place to observe the numerous turtles as they feed on the grasses and soft corals. Also common here are spotted and ribbon tail stingrays, the reef is swarmed with butterfly, angel and banner fish – all happily feeding away. A gentle dive after the previous exhilarations.

Talisay Tree, Cabilao

Talisay Tree, Cabilao

Pygmy seahorses hang on the huge gorgonian fans that adorn the steep wall. In the shallow coral gardens robust ghost pipe fish attempt to blend in, whilst bubble head shrimps and orangutan crabs are often seen resting on bubble anemones.

South Point, Cabilao Island

South Point, Cabilao Island

Offers you the opportunity to look for white tip reef sharks that hang out in the caverns within the steep coral wall. Huge tube sponges support giant frogfish, whilst leaf fish and many scorpion fish can be found resting in the crevices.

Seafan Alley - North Atoll

Seafan Alley - North Atoll

As the site name suggests this reef wall is dotted with large gorgonian sea fans – take a closer look for pygmy seahorses and long nose hawkfish – though you won’t find them in the same fan as the hungry hawkfish eat the seahorses! This site is also popular with red-toothed triggerfish and sweetlips, barracuda and tuna can be seen in the blue water where we also keep a look out for silver tip sharks.

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