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

  • Scientists In The Philippines Tag The Biggest Tiger Shark So Far

    Scientists In The Philippines Tag The Biggest Tiger Shark So Far

    Scientists from Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) have successfully tagged a 3.5-meter tiger shark and three grey reef sharks as part of a long-term study in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

    The research expedition, that took place between the 22nd of May and the 2nd of June, is the fourth year of collaboration between LAMAVE and TMO to study the sharks of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP).

    The Park has been protected since 1988 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. Tod ...

  • Tubbataha Seabirds All-time High

    Tubbataha Seabirds All-time High

    On May 11 ? 16, TMO conducted its second quarter seabird monitoring in TRNP with ornithologists, volunteers and staff. Bird and South islets as well as Jessie Beazley Reef and other sand cays in TRNP were visited to count the breeding population of seabirds. Here are some of the highlights of this year's trip.

    The population of seabirds and their breeding habitat in TRNP have been comprehensively monitored since 2004, following the methods adapted from the Biodiversity Monitoring System of the DENR. Breeding data (adults, sub-adults, juveniles, eggs and nests) of the six resident breedin ...

  • Tubbataha Video Wins Twin Awards

    Tubbataha Video Wins Twin Awards

    The video film "Tubbataha: A National Treasure" recently notched up back-to-back wins in two international tourism film festival.

    The Tubbataha video won the Best Film Promoting Sustainability, one of the two main prizes at the Terres Catalunya International Eco and Tourism Film Festival held on May 5.

    Showcasing films focused on sustainable development and natural tourism, the Terres Catalunya festival annually takes place in Tortosa, the biggest city in Terres de L'ebre region in Spain.

    It also won first place under the category "Adventure Tourism" during the 11th International Tour ...

  • TMO Partners With GCI For Reef Survey

    TMO Partners With GCI For Reef Survey

    The Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) research team accompanied scientists from the Global Change Institute (GCI) of the University of Queensland, led by Dr. Emma Victoria Kennedy, to re-survey the corals in Tubbataha on 10-17 March 2018.

    The first Tubbataha survey by GCI was done in partnership with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey in 2014. It was part of a large-scale baseline survey of coral cover worldwide. They also created underwater 360o images of the reefs, available for public viewing through Google Maps Street View feature.

    This years survey is part of the global post-bleaching as ...

  •  Tubbataha Reefs Video Nominated For Award

    Tubbataha Reefs Video Nominated For Award

    Tubbataha once again reaches a new milestone with the inclusion of "Tubbataha: A National Treasure" in the official selection of films for the 2018 Edition of the Terres International Eco & Travel Film Festival.

    The video was produced by the Antonio Floirendo Foundation, Inc., and donated to Tubbataha Management Office. It was directed by Mr. Don Falsario II of Bullet Manila Productions, Inc.

    The film festival will be held on May 2 to 5 in Tortosa, Spain.

  • Top Five Sites For Spotting Rare Marine Life In The Philippines

    Top Five Sites For Spotting Rare Marine Life In The Philippines

    Known for some of the planets most biodiverse waters, here are our picks for the top five sites for spotting rare marine life in the Philippines.