We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights

if you like diving. this is your place. Top Corals, fishes and staff. Highly recommend for level... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2021

My husband and I had booked a live aboard dive trip to Tubbataha to go to sea aboard Expedition... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2020
Dianne A
Brisbane, Australia
Read all 188 reviews
Recommended experiences in and around Palawan Island
from $42.98
More Info
from $92.00
More Info
from $10.07
More Info
from $225.00
More Info
Reviews (188)
Filter reviews
188 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveler rating
See what travelers are saying:
Selected filters
Updating list...
135 - 140 of 188 reviews
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Greatbdiving experience. Blue gin water and big pelagics.
Saw some giant manta rays. Loved my time here. Its a UNESCO
World heritage site.

Date of experience: June 2013
4  Thank CRL12377
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best diving location in the Philippines barr none! Tubbataha should be on every SCUBA diver's bucket list.

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Minimi04
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and deservedly so. However, my experience over the 5 days was that they ran out of sites to dive. We were dropped off on a part of the reef that was just destroyed. Sadly. Unfortunately, we even heard explosions on two of our dives. But, overall, it was really wonderful liveaboard experience.

Date of experience: November 2012
3  Thank Doug H
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I was totally blown away by the Tubbataha Reef.

Our group booked on the advice of a friend with Palau Sport.

The Palau Sport spends part of the time in Palau and part of the time on the Tubbataha Reef due to the high seas. Since I just got back, and it is April then the spring should be OK.

The sea life is AMAZING. Although we did not see the Whale Shark, we did see so much more that we did not care. Spotted Eagle Rays, Giant Turtles in position (sleeping, eating, pissed off) sharks, sharks, SHARKS

I want to talk a bit about the Palau Sport.

David Choy runs a great boat. I am an American our group was comprised of Americans, French, German. There where 10 of us and then there were 10 other guests who were Japanese. Most of the guests did not speak English. It did not matter because we ALL SPOKE THE LANGUAGE OF SCUBA DIVING.

David Choy and the crew of the Palau Sport made sure that the food was made so each culture was happy. In fact, The Japanese enjoyed the American Cuisine and quite frankly I miss having Miso soup. lol

I feel the crew went above and beyond to make us happy and satisfied. David was always asking if there is anything he could do for us etc..

In fact, on this trip My husband and I completed our 500th dive. They commemorated that accomplishment as well as the 200th dive of one of the Japanese guest with a cake and Tshirt. It is those special things that go a long way.

The dive staff was divided into two groups, our group was split into the photographers and non-photographers. Kenneth and Anton were our dive guides and have and extensive knowledge of the reef and of diving as well. I had a equipment malfunction on the second day of a 2 week holiday and they were able to fix my low pressure inflator hose. Thank you
so much. I am forever in your debt.

Now for the practical things.

I live in NY here is what we did.

We flew Cathay Pacific. Why. They go from NY, Hong Kong, Manilla.

Flying east to west is easier on your system.

We stayed in Manilla at the Marriott for one day prior to taking a flight to Puerto Princessa. Again Why? to start to get used to the time change. Also You will be leaving from terminal 3 which is right across the street from the Marriott.

You will have to book and flight from Manilla to Puerto Princessa you have a choice. Cebu airlines or Air Phil. We too Air Phil PACK LIGHT BECAUSE YOU WILL GET SLAMMED WITH OVERWEIGHT FEES You are allowed 10 kg but you can purchase 15 more. Note you will pay 150 pesos over the allotted amount. There is an allowance for sport equipment BUT it must be shipped separately in a separate container SO UNLESS YOU LIVE THERE FORGET IT

Date of experience: April 2013
7  Thank AndreaL374
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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

Date of experience: March 2013
12  Thank Jeff S
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews