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Tubbataha Reef

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Address: 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
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Nothing Compares to Tubbataha

We are a family of divers and we are lucky to have gone diving in Maldives, Yap-Micronesia, El Nido, Amanpulo, Great Barrier Reef, and the Red Sea, among others, and we can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
maskiano
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family of divers and we are lucky to have gone diving in Maldives, Yap-Micronesia, El Nido, Amanpulo, Great Barrier Reef, and the Red Sea, among others, and we can categorically say that nothing compares to Tubbataha Reef! It is unfortunate that the prices for Tubbataha dives have increase exponentially over the past few years. Despite such increase,... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Tubbataha is a gem that very few people have access to - the diving season is only 4 months - March to June. Liveaboard is the only option as it takes 10 hours to get there. Wall and drift diving, pelagics galore - turtles, manta, reef sharks et all. Viz is great on most dives and yes there are other... More 

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Carpinteria, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I suspect that the majority of Tubbataha bound U.S. divers choose the Atlantis Azores or Siren liveaboard. After extensive research, I chose Stella Maris. My travel agent at Dolphin Destiny was weary of this decision, and encouraged me to reconsider. I went back to the drawing board, reviewed the spreadsheet I had put together of my liveaboard finalists (based on... More 

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Tharandt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Boat trip need to be booked in advance. Only limited number of boats is allowed there. Diving is great. Some big fish is there (manta, wale shark) but also lots of macro.

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Lusaka, Zambia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Tubbataha is one of the world's diving gems. The rating reflects how I feel about Tubbataha. Read on for info to help you choose your liveaboard. This was going to be a great trip aboard the Flying Dolphin. Only 5 guests, so we had 3 empty slots on board. The catamaran itself is really cool and comfortable - perfect size... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We did liveaboard, which is only option. Awesome wall diving and we will be going back again. Did encounter turtles and some small sharks on some dives. For diving prices, it is on par for places like Indonesia and New Guinea. Visibility varied, but still good at 25mtr+ and better at times. We also visted the national park station, for... More 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Tubbataha is a place divers dream of...warm clear water, healthy corals, lots of fish, mantas, whale sharks and sharks. This is a site that you must dive over several days to take in the numerous dive sites.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We boarded the Atlantis Azores in Puerto Princessa for a special trip to Tubbataha, Apo Island, Oslob and Dumaguete. The boat was one of the best we have travelled in terms of dive deck facilities, crew, food and dive guides. Accomodation could be improved but this is an old boat. Tubbataha Reef was everything that was promised with pelagics like... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is part of Honda Bay, corals were not really colorful. Nothing fantastic. Water was dirty probably due to the strong current and rainy weather.

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Huizingen, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Most divers have a bucket list and Tubbataha was one of the destinations on mine. It was a dream come true. Amazing wall covered with soft and hard corals, wunderful reefs, rich marine life. Lots of currents (tidal and oceanic) often very strong and changing direction. Washing machines. Had expected to see more pelagics. Lots of white tips and grey... More 

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