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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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Best reef ever

That's definitely the best reef I've ever seen. Is a bit far from land and it's a bit overpriced, but if you love diving, or even snorkelling, you can't miss it

Reviewed March 7, 2017
Valencia, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
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Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

That's definitely the best reef I've ever seen. Is a bit far from land and it's a bit overpriced, but if you love diving, or even snorkelling, you can't miss it

3 Thank ternus13
Greater London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2017 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 

8 Thank maskiano
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 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 

2 Thank Dipen M
Carpinteria, CA
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 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 

9 Thank cooper-smith1
Tharandt, Germany
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 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.

1 Thank gepo2015
Lusaka, Zambia
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 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 

23 Thank RL_Adirondack_Woman
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 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 

3 Thank JAFromBalfour
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 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.

Thank mantamoon
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 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 

8 Thank Andrew K
Huizingen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 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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