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“TUBBATAHA REEF” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef
92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
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“TUBBATAHA REEF”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I have always been hasitant to write a review of the tubbahata Reef. My motives are pure selfish.
I have dived the reef twice on livaboards and after 20 years of diving all over the world, this reef easaly holds the number spot in diving experences. No kidding it's that good. Better than the Great Barrier Reef, Galapogos,and Sidapan which are all top notch. You can only get out there for 3 to 4 months a year due to the high seas in the area. Due a livaboard for a week whitch means fives days of diving. These trips can fill up fast sometimes years so book early. The Philippino Coast Guard will only allow so many liveaboards to go per year. This is a protected site. Do all the reading on line about this spot and try not to spread the word. This is truly one of the Virgin div sites left on the planet.
Jeff Stapleton

Visited March 2013
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“Corals are a sight to behold!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is included when you go island-hopping. Entrance fee is 50php for those who will swim only. There is a cordoned spot where corals are so abundant and but you can peek around. Though we went almost 2pm, it sometimes go cloudy so its hard to see under. Corals are the best but fish are not so abundant i prefer boracay.

Visited April 2013
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england
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“rarest and most wonderful reef ever seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

this reefs was absolutely beautiful! the awesome richness is unbelieveable, with all the underwater creaures one can only see on movies/films..worth whole-day spending, expect more or less the whole day for this activity...

Visited December 2012
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“Feeling like a mermaid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

It was awesome seeing the life underwater via snorkling I couldn't imagine how much more magnificent it is to dive in this sanctuary and swim along with those living being.

Seeing those beautiful and interesting creatures under water makes me feel like I belong to their world.

It was really an unforgettable experience and a must one to see.

Visited May 2012
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Manila
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“Best diving in the Philippines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Hands down the best diving in the Philippines ! The fact that divers can only visit 3 months (mid march-mid-June) out of the year due to weather and sea-conditions guarantee that the reefs and fish life are exceptional. It is in the middle of a vast body of water so there are no run-offs from beaches or rivers. The visibility is exceptional so divers are advised to keep an eye on their computers because they might be deeper than what they think.

Expect to see vast fields of soft and hard coral, schooling fishes, and endless walls with giant barrel sponges and sea-fans. This is one of the last guaranteed "shark" dives in Asia. Most common are the white tip sharks, but black tip, grey reef, nurse, leopard, silver tip and hammerheads have also been seen along with the Mantas and whale sharks.

Visited May 2012
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