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

  • TMO Staff Renews Its Commitment To Conservation

    TMO Staff Renews Its Commitment To Conservation

    On 16 January 2018, the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) held its annual new years convergence to reinvigorate the commitment of the staff to conservation. Environmental principles were reviewed. An informal audit showed that most, if not all, apply the principles to their daily life. Staff members were reminded of the basis of unity of the staff: that of working towards the achievement of the vision and mission for Tubbataha. The four core values of commitment, optimism, respect and responsibility, were reviewed and reemphasized, as in the past years. Another material that is reviewed a ...

  • World Wetlands Day

    Last February 2 was World Wetlands Day.

    Numerous activities throughout the world were observed to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar City in Iran. The covenant, also known as the Ramsar Convention, was passed way back on February 2, 1971, but it was only during the past years when it was getting more attention.

    Today, the World Wetlands Day is one of the important conservation events in the country. The Philippines is a signatory to this international treaty.

    The convention provides a broad definition of wetlands, which include lakes, rivers, underground ...

  • Tubbataha Reef Marine Park Larger Than Life

    Tubbataha Reef Marine Park Larger Than Life

    Another popular destination in Palawan is the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. Almost textbook-famous, this marine park has gained much esteem from all over the world, especially among the diving and scientific communities, because of the diversity of marine life. The Tubbataha Reef is located in middle of Sulu Sea, specifically 175 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan.

  • Cooperation Key To Saving Coral Triangles Green Turtles

    Cooperation Key To Saving Coral Triangles Green Turtles

    Conservationists recently took a major step forward in their efforts to protect green turtles in the Coral Triangle with the establishment of a "turtle corridor" in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, which encompasses the territorial waters of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia and is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the Coral Triangle.

    The announcement was made at an event hosted by environmental organisation Conservation International at the 12th Conference of Parties of the Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12), held last month in the Philippines.

    One of the ma ...

  • Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Endowed with rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, pristine waters, astonishing landscapes surrounding inland water bodies and a variety of wildlife, the Philippines has the potential of pump priming the economy through ecotourism.

    According to the latest report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the first seven months of the year yielded the country 3.93 million foreign tourists a marked increase of 11.02 percent from the same period last year.

    Visitor receipts from January to July 2017 hit some P179.86 billion, an increase of 21.07 percent from the same seven-month period in ...

  • How The Philippines Coral Heart Keeps Beating

    How The Philippines Coral Heart Keeps Beating

    As corals worldwide find themselves besieged, Tubbataha Reef remains shockingly pristine. Why?

    The year was 1981, and Angelique Songco, then an employee of a dive boat, found herself marveling at the atolls before her, the coral heart of the Philippines. But over the next few years, she saw humans shadow creep over the waters of the Sulu Sea.

    Fishermen from as far away as the province of Quezon, some 370 miles distant, filed into Tubbataha Reef, one of the worlds most biodiverse for their livelihoods sake. The results were devastating. Dynamite killed fish where they swam; cyanide squirt ...