Tubba… what?

Tubbataha is a word I definitely had to repeat twice, before I could remember it. But now, after I have seen all these breathtaking pictures of marine life and underwater environment, I’ll never forget neither this place nor its name and it’s definitely on top of my “dive sites-to-visit list”!

A nudibranch - you can see this in the Tubbataha reefs

A nudibranch - you can see this in the Tubbataha reefs

But what is Tubbataha?

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world made up of 2 atolls rising in the middle of the Sulu Sea in the western Philippines.

The Tubbataha Reef is the Philippines’ only marine natural park and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of global importance being preserved for future generations of humankind. A few factors are responsible for the almost virgin conditions of this underwater jewel. The convergence of currents constantly brings in a barrage of the nutrients and clean water a healthy reef and its inhabitants demand. Being the largest and almost lone structure in the middle of a vast expanse of ocean guarantees a healthy influx of pelagic visitors looking for a meal and other services an underwater community provides.

I also read, that it is nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature. However, it’s definitely one of the most wonderful dive regions – and I hope to explore all the dive sites as soon as possible, most probably on one of Expedition Fleets Boats.

You can only get to Tubbataha through a live aboard vessel

You can only get to Tubbataha through a live aboard vessel

Being almost a hundred nautical miles from the nearest port, access is only through Live-aboard vessels and voyages to the park are determined by the weather. A small window-from late March to early June, when the seas are calm and the skies are clear, offers the only chance for divers to visit. That means I don’t have a lot of time if I want to dive on the Tubbataha Reef this season!

And which will be my next destinations? Apo Reef, Coron, Visayas…? I don’t know yet, but for sure some in the Philippines as here is so much more to see!
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  1. veritanuda says:

    Oh that looks awesome. I think it is every divers dream to see for miles and miles underwater and to feel the whole majesty of a world that is 2/3 bigger than the one we are used to. Thanks for sharing. Starting to get quite excited about this blog 🙂

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