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Address: 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
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Congratulations Republic of the Philippines, at Tubbataha Reef you have shown the world what you can do by enacting and enforcing a marine park sanctuary. With more sharks than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great from beginning, when I think I sent over 20 emails asking questions and specifics, they always(Lars and Janet), responded courteously and timely. I had only been on two other dive boats (Coral Sea for 4 days, and 7 day trip in the Galapagos), so wanted to make sure the rate and benefits I was getting fit what I desired.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Congratulations Republic of the Philippines, at Tubbataha Reef you have shown the world what you can do by enacting and enforcing a marine park sanctuary. With more sharks than Palau, more turtles than Sipadan and pristine reefs that could be seen at up to 100m visibility this was astonishing diving. Whilst we saw no special stuff and oddly not much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The reef is exactly what we expected and more. I travel with a group of 10 or more divers a regular basis. We have been to PNG, BVI, Tobago, Fiji, Sulawesi, Palua, Cozumel, Caymans, etc. This one is at the top. We lucked out with the sea being as still as glass. The current was nothing like Cozumel currents. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Hi all, I would also like to commend the team behind the MV Stella Maris. I was on-board from April 16 to 22 this year and it was also my first liveaboard experience. I'm a solo female traveller aged 26, and I can't speak highly enough about the quality of service and the amazing experience I had on my trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

BACKGROUND I engaged M/Y Sakura for my diving here. I've written a separate review on them, if you're interested. HIGHLIGHTS + Beautiful reefs. Just simply beautiful. + Recommended sites: Delsan Wreck, Shark Airport, Malayan Wreck, Amos Rock. COULD BE BETTER - Visibility on some days (but that's diving right?) CONCLUSION Certainly the most beautiful reefs I've ever seen in my... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

The rangers really are taking good care against fishermen in the main reefs, though less so in Jesse Beasley. Have been here 6 times in the last 2 years, and have seen the guitarfish of the north reef 3 times. Within those trips have also seen 3 whalesharks, 1 hammerhead, 1 tiger shark, 1 manta and countless reef sharks, turtles... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

My wife and I participated in the MV Stella Maris trip to Tubbataha Reef from 9-15 April. This is our trip report. To start with, we have never been on a live aboard before so deliberately chose one that seemed comfortable and were prepared to spend the money to get it right. We had been planning to dive Tubbataha for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This must be one of the very best dive sites in the world. I've been diving for many years, and have been to some pretty stunning places, but Tubbataha tops the list so far. Partly due to its inaccessibility, and also to the care taken by the authorities to protect the reef (rangers posted at a small outpost on one... More 

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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Being a center of biodiversity and a UNESCO world heritage site, Tubbataha reef is a must-see for every diver!

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I visited Tubbataha Reefs in 2012 from the live-aboard Hans-Christian Andersen. 5 days of fantastic diving. The reef is simply stunning - that much that tears come into your eyes - an unterwater jungle. It would take me too long to describe what we saw. five different species of Rays (including giant manta rays), 4 different species of sharks (including... More 

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