Tubbataha Reef

Cagayancillo, Palawan

The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of Sulu Sea. The marine and bird sanctuary consists of two huge atolls and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef covering a total area of 97,030 hectares.

It is located 150 kilometres southeast of Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan province. The uninhabited islands and reefs are part of ...

the island municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan, located roughly 130 kilometres to the northeast of the reef.

In December 1993, the UNESCO declared the Tubbataha Reefs National Park as a World Heritage Site as a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles.

The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. In 1999, Ramsar listed Tubbataha as one of the Wetlands of International Importance. In 2008, the reef was nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

In 2013, during the 25th anniversary of the Tubbataha Reef's national park declaration, the World Wildlife Fund announced plans to construct a modernized ranger station on a different site to effectively monitor and deal with illegal poaching activities.  Wiki

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park News

  • Tubbataha Gets Marine Oscars Award

    Tubbataha Gets Marine Oscars Award

    The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) was recently proclaimed one of the three best marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world.

    The recognition, a platinum Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Award which is regarded by the conservation community as the marine conservation equivalent of the Oscars, was awarded by the Marine Conservation Institute based in the United States during the 4th International Protected Areas Congress (#IMPAC4) in Chile last September 5.

    Philippine delegates to the #IMPAC4, Ms. Norievill Espana and Ms. Lea Avilla of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau recei ...

  • Experts Call For Coral Reef Preservation

    Experts Call For Coral Reef Preservation

    Several experts and marine biologists recommended science-based solutions to address issues hounding the crisis on coral reefs preservation in the country during a recent forum organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

    In a bulletin post by the DOST, Dr. Wilfredo Roehl Licuanan, a biology professor at the De La Salle University, advised take seriously the fixing of coral reefs first before doing a coral transplant to replace the damaged ones during his talk titled Current Status of PH Coral Reefs and Prospects for the Near Future at Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aq ...

  • Monacos Oceanographic Museum Hosts Tubbataha Exhibit

    The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is featuring the images of Tubbataha Reef captured through the lenses of renowned Filipino and American photographers.

    The exhibit, dubbed "Tubbataha, the Philippines UNESCO Marine World Heritage," features the work of photographers Tet Lara, Marissa Floirendo, David Doubilet, and Jennifer Hayes.

    "We would like to help Tubbataha, using our images so the tourist can come. We can create revenue for the park so we could sustain the yearly expenses to protect it," Lara said.

    David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are a photographic team for the National Geogr ...

  • Tubbataha And Cagayancillo Protecting The Sea For People

    How an effectively-managed MPA such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has provided benefits to the people of Cagayancillo and inspired stronger local involvement in natural resource protection and management in the entire municipality. ? WWF-Philippines.

  • Land Of Beauty The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Philippines

    Land Of Beauty The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Philippines

    With more than 7,000 islands, it should come as no surprise that the Philippines boasts some remarkable landscapes and simply stunning natural features. From towering volcanoes to pristine coral reefs, the country really does have it all. Trying to whittle down so many phenomenal sights to just seven was quite a task, but here we present our Seven Natural Wonders of the Philippines:

    The Chocolate Hills, Bohol

    The Chocolate Hills form a slightly surreal landscape of pleasingly conical haycock mounds.

    While no one has ever been able to agree exactly how many there are, estimates range f ...

  • Tubbataha Reefs Draw Enhanced Protection

    Tubbataha Reefs Draw Enhanced Protection

    The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, is now considered as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (TRNP-PSSA).

    This came after the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) finally approved the MEPC Resolution on the TRNP in the Sulu Sea PSSA.

    The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) sits in the center of the Sulu Sea, and is located within the Coral Triangle, an area of important biological and marine diversity. Covering almost 97,030 hectares, it ...