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Tubbataha Reef

92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
+63 905 493 5435
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Best dive site we've been to yet

Tubbataha Reef is magnificent. The corals are large and healthy, the fish variety and size of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tel Mond
Liveaboard diving with MY/Sakura.

One of the best liveaboard dive trips one can do in a truly amazing reef system. Remote with lots... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steven T
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92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
+63 905 493 5435

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tubbataha Reef is magnificent. The corals are large and healthy, the fish variety and size of schools is large, the visibility is 20m+ (usually even 40m is no problem), and it offers the chance to see the "big boys" too if you're lucky. You are...More

Thank omrini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best liveaboard dive trips one can do in a truly amazing reef system. Remote with lots to see and experience. MY/Sakura liveaboard was fantastic. Not a huge boat, but definitely one I'd use again due to the size of the boat, great...More

2  Thank Steven T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to dive - wonderful corals and such biodiversity. The whale shark and manta's were a bonus - amazing volumes of fish here

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I done about 10 liveaboard in last 7 years and this trip is one of the best I could share . The boat start to welcome guest around 5 pm then sailing at 6 to 630 pm . A video show the rules and regulation...More

1  Thank Josco W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Considered as World Heritage Site is an appropriate title to a well preserved marine park. The limited months in a year that it is open to the public (research is year round) with limited liveaboards at a time and strict dive protocols help maintain a...More

Thank Norman S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The crew was freaking awesome! We had great guides, cruise manager Nori has dedicated his life to conservation and his passion for Tubbataha is so contagious! Such a beautiful place, great food, great service--there were 22 passengers and 24 crew! Hard to believe this place...More

2  Thank rdubadub
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We did 16 dives here in 4 days and they were all amazing: amazing visibility, 3 massive whalesharks, so many reefsharks, manta rays, stingrays, giant trevallies, tuna, turtles and beautiful reefs. The divers on our liveaboard (Zamerdius) were all very experienced which was a great...More

3  Thank Jacq129
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Diving Tubbataha Reef with friends on live-aboard M/Y Sakura. Pods of dolphins 60+ Manta Rays x 6 Whalesharks x 2 Schools of giant Barracuda, Tuna, Trevally, Turtles, Clown Triggerfish, nudibranches and more. A blanket of hard and soft corals - an aquatic garden of Eden...More

Thank Mick-0000000
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Excellent 7D6N liveaboard diving trip with MV Stella Maris! One of the most healthy coral reef I've ever dove. Diving: Stunning! Words are too plain to describe this national gem. We encounter hammerheads, manta ray and whale shark, also see the tiger shark chasing turtle...More

2  Thank Lumin S
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The reefs and fish life are healthy in Tubbataha reef. Some of the dive sites provide some interesting coral landscapes. My favorite dive site was Delsen wreck on the south atoll - due to the giant schooling jacks - almost like a bait ball. At...More

Thank waejae_jae
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It's our first time to dive. Do you provide affordable dive lessons for beginners? Thanks!
15 June 2017|
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Response from Steven T | Reviewed this property |
Tubbataha Reef is definitely not a place to learn to dive. As others have said currents can be unpredictable and the depths off the edge of the reef can drop off to 80m so buoyancy control is important. In addition guides... More
Josco W
with all the ISIS news and happening , still safe to travel to Tubbataha ?
1 June 2017|
Response from omrini | Reviewed this property |
Tubbataha itself is safe as only a small handful of boats have licenses to be in the waters of the reef. The ISIS news you're hearing/reading is in Mindanao which is far away. I'd be much more concerned being on land than... More
Hi, I'm trying to decide if it's worth while, since I can't dive anymore, to go to Tubbataha and snorkel. I'm a strong snorkeler and have done drift dives in diverse locations including the Galapagos Islands, the Philippines, Bali, Flores Is, Komodo Is, the Caribbean, Honduras, .... In your OPINION, of the dives you did, how many could a strong snorkeler have done? Were there any people who only snorkeled? Please give me the exact date of your trip and what the weather was like as well as the sea conditions. Thanks, Bryan
22 May 2017|
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Response from Josco W | Reviewed this property |
snorkel is great there , excellent coral and fish life able to see from snorkel . but go toward end of April and may . that is the time with less wave in the ocean , March have better visibility and more big fish come more... More