Tubbataha Dive Map
In the heart of the Sulu Sea, the famous coral triangle formed by the Philippines-Malaysia-Indonesia, this National Marine Park is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. Tubataha reef is the longest atoll in the Philippines and second largest in the world after Australia, located at 98 nautical miles from Puerto Princesa, where there are all sorts of marine species including pelagics. Turtles, sharks (leopard, guitar, gray, white tip), Mantas (more than 5 meters), surgeon fish, wrasse, emperors, tuna, barracuda, unicorns, lobsters, sponges, gorgonians, more than 46 coral species, over 140 families with 379 species of fish, etc.. It contains more than 30% of the total area of coral reefs in the world. The national park covers some 33,200 hectares. The reefs themselves cover an area of around 10,000 hectares. The Tubbataha National Marine Park is actually composed of two (2) coral atolls, separated by a channel 8km wide. The larger north reef, about 16km long and 4.5 km wide plus the Jesse Beazely Reef of 23km (12 nautical miles) northwest of North Islet of Tubbataha. It is a mound of broken coral surrounded by white sand and reef. This tiny islet is almost invisible during high tides. A rich coral slope at 5 metros (16 feet) to 10 metros (33 feet) is a wall often undercut to 40 metros (130 feet) sloping out into infinity. It is known for an amazing overhang that has Tubastrea corals and Blue sponges, crevices, large fans corals, huge grogonian sea fans, black corals and giant barrel sponges. In fact, the reef-top is covered with lettuce and leathery corals teeming with different variety of reef fish. A spectacular wall dive with lots of cracks, overhangs and crevices. The wall is lined with large fan corals, sponges and a colorful array of various soft corals in every hue imaginable. Snappers and surgeonfish abound. You will also find a lot of groupers, soldier fish, unicorn fish and Moorish idols in this wonderful reef. White tip reef sharks may be found at rest under the large table corals, which festoon the reef top. Manta rays occasionally glide past the wall scalloped hammerheads patrol deeper water. Pelagics are also frequent visitors to Jesse Beazely so be sure to look carefully!
Sanctuary Dive Fees
3,000 to 4,200 pesos per person per trip