Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lies in a unique position in the centre of the Sulu Sea, and includes the Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley Reefs. It protects an area of almost 100,000 hectares of high quality marine habitats containing three atolls and a large area of deep sea. The property is home to a great diversity of marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are amongst the key species found here. The reef ecosystems support over 360 species of coral and almost 700 species of fish. The reserve also protects one of the few remaining colonies of breeding seabirds in the region.
TUBBATAHA REEF’S BEST DIVE SPOTS
The top best dive sites in Tubbataha Reef. Tubbataha scuba diving is a feast for the eyes. Each dive site in Tubbataha Reefs National Park boasts a unique range of species to discover.
1. Amos Rock – Or Southwest Rock, is a popular dive site on the North Atoll of Tubbataha featuring various types of beautiful corals and massive gorgonian fans and large fish, such as snappers, mackerels and groupers, and the fascinating Napoleon wrasses. Various reef sharks are also commonly seen here and the night diving at this site offers great macro opportunities.
2. Washing Machine – Looking to see manta rays and sharks? Head to the Washing Machine in the North Atoll to ride the currents and see all the big stuff.
3. Malayan Wreck – More into macro photography? Get some great shots at Malayan, for some nudibranchs, crabs, and shrimps. Wreck divers will also get their dose of adventure and exploration.
4. Seafan Alley – Want to see colorful coral reefs? Go to Seafan Alley in the North Atoll to see gorgonian sea fans (keep a lookout for pygmy seahorses!)
5. Shark Airport – For great shark diving head to Shark Airport where you’ll find them either swimming around or resting along the reef.
The 40 metre Philippine Siren liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Handcrafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area), you will find no other diving liveaboard as beautiful in waters of the Philippines.
Philippine Siren is the largest of the Master Liveaboards’ Siren Fleet phinisis, welcoming up to 16 guests in eight cabins. Guest accommodation on board comprises two fixed double bed cabins, four fixed twins and 2 cabins that are flexible doubles/twins. Each cabin is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning units, plenty of storage space and private ensuite bathrooms.
The spacious, air-conditioned saloon benefits from a cocktail bar, comfortable seating and a large flat screen TV. Dining is outdoors under a covered area with uninterrupted views of the ocean. An expansive dive deck provides ample space for kitting up and storing dive equipment, even when the vessel is full, and fresh water showers available to rinse off after each dive. Underwater photographers and videographers will definitely appreciate the separate rinse tanks as well as the designated areas for charging and preparation of camera equipment.
The vessel also benefits from 2 high-powered tenders, nitrox compressor, equipment rental, kayaks, laundry and massage services.
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The package includes 13 nights full board accommodation on vessel, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water.
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Diving along the walls of Tubbataha brings opportunities to see 11 species of shark, including threshers, tigers, and hammerheads; there’s also a chance of catching whale sharks. It is also known for having the highest known population of white tip reef sharks.
The shallower reefs house reef fish, schools of jack fish, snappers, and barracuda as well as the threatened Napoleon wrasse. It is also here where divers can see manta rays slowly gliding by – or maybe even one of the 13 species of dolphins and whales found in the area.
Adding to the exclusive status of the area is the very short diving season. Because Tubbataha is so far out at sea, ocean conditions need to be near perfect in order for dive boats to make the journey safely and comfortably. Tubbataha can really only be dived 3 months of the year – between mid-March to mid-June. During this season, divers can look forward to calm seas, clear skies, and between 30 and 45 meters of visibility.
Even during this time of the year the currents in the area can range from mild to strong and Tabbataha is recommended for experienced divers, some even say divers should have a minimum of 100 to 150 dives under their weight belt before they think of taking on Tabbataha.
So few world-class dive spots are left free of crowds of divers, fewer still that feature such incredible diversity of life. This isolated dive destination has some of the best diving Southeast Asia has to offer and does so in a hard-to-reach area that few divers can brag of conquering.
Galapagos, silky, oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks are common in Socorro, as well as dolphins, whale sharks (best in November) and schools of pelagic fish like jacks and barracuda. The shark dives in Socorro Island are simply world-class, placing them high on our list of best locations for shark diving
Another “signature experience” at Socorro Island: swimming with a group of bottlenose dolphins that often visit divers and typically make several close passes.
Divers often see large gamefish like tuna, wahoo, and marlin, something few other destinations can offer.
When the water cools during winter months, from December to April, divers are often treated to humpback whale sightings.