Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

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The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 130,028 hectares , including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.

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Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be visited on a liveaboard boat. Divers can experience the reefs' dramatic underwater terrain, amazing biodiversity and encounter large marine animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays. Non-divers can also go snorkeling or bird watching! The reef is an isolated place and can be reached only by boats. The main tourists of the park are divers. Fishermen visit there only during season. The Tubbataha National Park trips are vessel- based and takes almost ten hours to reach from Puerto Princesa City.


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The park is a Marine Protected Area under the protective management of the Philippines Department of National Defence. Extensive research have discovered more than 600 verities of fish, and several species of corals, whale, sharks and dolphins. It is also well known to be nesting ground for Green Turtles. There is an entrance fee for the divers. The park fees are used to manage and protect the reef. Divers have to obey certain rules and regulations which are clearly mentioned to retain the ecosystem of the reef.