Tubbataha Reefs National Park, Philippines
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lies in a unique position in the centre of the Sulu Sea, it protects an area of almost 100,000 hectares of high quality marine habitats containing three atolls and a large area of deep sea.
Since divers discovered Tubbataha in the late 1970s, it has become recognized as one of the most remarkable coral reefs on our planet. The CNN travel website, ranks it among the top eight dive sites in the world.
Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be visited on a live aboard. Divers can experience the reefs' dramatic underwater terrain, awe-inspiring biodiversity and encounter large marine animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays.
The property is home to a great diversity of marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are among the key species found here. The reef ecosystems support over 350 species of coral and almost 500 species of fish. The reserve also protects one of the few remaining colonies of breeding seabirds in the region.
The diving season is quite brief, lasting only from 3 to 4 months per year from March to June. Due to this live-aboard trips to Tubbataha fill up early, so plan your trip well in advance!