• Tubbataha, now a Flyway Network Site

    Conservation of seabirds in the park is strengthened with the inclusion of Tubbataha in the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership.

  • 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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Biodiversity Spotlight

Giant Clam

Giant clams (Tridacna gigas), locally known as "taklobo", are the largest and heaviest living bivalve mollusk in the world. They grow to about 120 cm across and weigh more than 200 kg. Due to its size, it has been historically misunderstood. Legend has it that many deaths were caused by these "man-eating clams" to divers who got trapped inside their giant shells.

But, contrary to legends, giant clams were extensively harvested for food and the aquarium trade. Declines of population in the wild have been reported. In recent years, efforts have been undertaken to conserve them through artificial breeding. >>

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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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