Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a World Heritage Site in Philippines

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area for birds and marine lives, chosen by UNESCO in 1933 to be a World Heritage Site. It is located in the middle of the Sulu Sea, southeast of Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan province. It has an appearance of two huge atolls which are North Atoll and South Atoll, separated the two is 8 kilometers straits. In the middle of each atolls situated a lake and sand beach.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is an ample and fertile atoll full of underwater natural resource, animal, and plant. The biodiversity is fascinating and worthy of conservations. The way to safeguard Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is to limit the diving period of tourists to only three months a year. This time period begins at the middle of March and end at the middle of June. Apart from this time span, the park is closed and prohibited the entry of any unauthorized person or boat. In the opening time, only 14 authorized boats can enter the park.

The outing activities at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is called Liveaboard, it means eating, sleeping, and doing activities including diving and sightseeing on a boat for the whole time. All of the 14 authorized boats have their own full traveling package including bedroom, meals, diving equipment, and schedule for every style of diving. It take 10-14 hours of traveling time from the port of Puerto Princesa City to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Arriving at the park, there will be plenty of diving site that need a small or rubber boat to access. The highlight of this park’s diving site is coral reefs, ocean plants, and animals that present themselves abundantly underwater, being the heaven for divers. Especially the bountiful reefs surrounding the area along with many uncommon species such as Manta ray, Lionfish, Sea turtle, Napoleonfish, and Moray eel. For night-time diving, nocturnal species which are queer but impressive can be observed.

Surely, anyone who is fascinated by sea diving, once in a lifetime, wish to visit Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Even the one who has ever been to the park once, certainly would love to go back there time and again.