• Help us discover more of the Elasmobranchs of Tubbataha

    Got photos or videos of sharks and rays taken in Tubbataha? Help us protect these amazing creatures. Learn how.

  • World's experts to investigate sharks in the park

    LAMAVE and TMO conduct a ten-day expedition to unlock the mysteries behind the spectacular biodiversity of Tubbataha.

  • LAMAVE supports Elasmobranch Research in Tubbataha

    Nineteen species of elasmobranchs - sharks and rays - have been observed in the waters of the Tubbataha Reefs. Thirteen of these are sharks.  It is one of the sites with the highest biodiversity of elasmobranchs in the region.

  • World's Premier Dive Site

    Tubbataha is known for its extraordinary biodiversity, abundant marine life and breathtaking drop-offs into the open ocean. Experience the world’s best-dive Tubbataha.

  • Beyond Beauty

    Located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, Tubbataha plays an important role in the larger ecosystems. Learn more of its unique features beyond beauty.

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Dive Tubbataha

Since divers discovered Tubbataha in the late 1970s, it has become recognised as one of the most remarkable coral reefs on our planet. The CNN travel website, cnngo.com, ranks it among the top eight dive sites in the world.

Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be visited on a liveaboard boat. Divers can experience the reefs' dramatic underwater terrain, awe-inspiring biodiversity and encounter large marine animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays.

As a visiting diver you play a key role in Tubbataha's future, as your conservation fees provide the funds we need to protect the park from illegal exploitation.

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Whale Shark

During this year's diving season, sightings of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Tubbataha have increased for yet unknown reasons. This could be a sign that there is an abundant supply of plankton in Tubbataha, as whale sharks are biological indicators of the presence of plankton and of the overall health of our oceans.

Whale sharks are recognized as the world's largest cartilaginous fish. They can measure up to 46 feet (14 m) and weigh up to 15 tons. With their enormous size and filter-feeding behavior, they resemble whales rather than the sharks in which class they belong. However, they are not even close to being related to whales. First, whale sharks, as mentioned earlier, are fish while whales are mammals. They have bodies covered with scales, with skeleton made up of cartilage and can swim by moving their tails from side-to-side. In contrast, whales have smooth skin (no scales), with bony skeletons and they move their tails up-and-down when swimming. Whale sharks are cold-blooded and can absorb oxygen from the water through their gills. On the other hand, whales are warm-blooded and use their lungs to breathe as they swim on the water surface. >>

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You may now experience Tubbataha’s underwater world without getting wet in this 360 degree images courtesy of Catlin Seaview Survey.

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