• Be the Next Youth Ambassador

    The Tubbataha Management Office is now searching for the new set of young Palaweños who have the passion for conserving the marine environment. Apply now!

  • Regulations for Buffer Zone Now in Place

    Activities within the more or less 356,000-hectare buffer zone surrounding Tubbataha are now regulated to intensify the reefs’ protection.

  • Fish Photos for Tubbataha Fish Guide

    Send in your fish photos from Tubbataha and be part of the Tubbataha Fish Guide Project.

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  • 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.

  • Chinese Poachers Sentenced to Jail

    Justice has been served against the 12 Chinese nationals, the first ever convicted poachers for violating the Tubbataha Lawection.

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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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Biodiversity Spotlight

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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Research Reports

Announcement to Bid

Name Project: Procurement of Outboard Motor (OBM) for Tubbataha Patrol Boat
vBrief Description: Purchase & installation of 1 unit Yamaha OBM 150Hp 4-stroke; repair and maintenance of 30-footer, fiberglass-hulled patrol boat
Amount: PhP1, 000, 000.00
Start of Bidding: July 18,2014
Deadline of Submission: July 31, 2014

Name Project: Tubbataha Promotional Video Production
Brief Description: Production of a 10-min Audio Visual Presentation for Tubbataha
Amount: PhP400, 000.00
Start of Bidding: July 18,2014
Deadline of Submission: Aug 8, 2014

Where We Are

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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