Tubbataha Reef

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Tubbataha Reef
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Dive boats

You take a live-aboard dive boat. Usually, the tour is 5 nights and 6 days. You normally need to book months, if not years ahead. Dive boats and berths are limited and demand is high.

The site


Tubbataha Reef consists of two small, flat, sandy, modest-sized lagooned atolls. Most of the land is submerged at high tide.

These atolls have no harbors or docks – and anchoring is forbidden (to protect the reef). All boats must use designated moorings away from the shore.

Swells and winds sometimes disturbingly rock smaller live-aboards – so it's wise to book one of the larger, broader-beamed vessels.

Recent history

Prior to 1988 when Tubbataha Reef became a government-protected marine park, the corals were severely scarred by dynamite, cyanide and other destructive fishing techniques. Today, this underwater wonderland has nearly recovered to its former glory.

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