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 Dapat Nang Iwasan Ng Mga Barko Sa 2018

    Dapat nang iwasan ng mga barko ang Tubbataha Reefs sa Sulu Sea pagdating ng Enero 2018.

    Ito ay matapos aprubahan ng International Maritime Organization (IMO) ang kahilingan ng Pilipinas na madagdagan ang proteksyon para sa natural park, ani Gilberto Asuque, permanent representative ng bansa sa IMO.

    Magiging epektibo ang deklarasyon para sa dagdag proteksyon sa Hunyo ngayong taon. At pagdating ng Enero, magiging "area to be avoided" na ang Tubbataha Reefs para sa mga barko, ani Asuque.

    "Buong kalawakan ng Tubbatah Reefs Natural Park ay tatawagin ring area to be avoided… Ibig sabihin, ...

  • IMO Adds Layer Of Protection To Tubbataha Reefs

    The Sub-committee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved our country's proposal to establish Tubbataha as an Area to be Avoided (ATBA) in the Sulu Sea.

    With the ATBA as an Associated Protective Measure (APM), ship masters sailing through the Sulu Sea must not enter the Tubbataha Reefs. The said approval was due to the decision of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to approve the designation, in principle, of Tubbataha as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) during its session in 2016. The ...

  • PH Bid To Establish Sulu Marine Sanctuary OKd

    A United Nations specialized agency tasked to improve safety and security of international shipping has added a layer of protection to the Tubbataha Reef with the approval of the country's proposal to establish the 97,030-hectare marine sanctuary in the Sulu Sea as an Area to be Avoided (Atba).

    The subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) authorized the proposal during its fourth session at the IMO headquarters in London from March 6 to 10, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

    With the ATBA as the s ...

  • Villar Pushes Devt Of MMs Vital Wetland

    Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday cited the importance of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA) as a bird sanctuary and mangrove site on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the habitat's designation as a Wetland of International Importance.

    "We don't have to go out of Metro Manila for a place where we could commune with nature. Here is an internationally recognized place, where one can go bird-watching in a setting where diverse species of trees and mangrove thrive," Villar, who chairs the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said in a ...

  • Luis Manzano Leads Launching Of WWF Donor Program

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines on Thursday introduced the Individual Donor Program (IDP) to the public with WWF-Philippines Marine Conservation Steward Luis Manzano at Glorietta 4 in Makati.

    Thru participating in the IDP, people can now directly contribute in the ecological-sustainability initiative of the WWF that encourages the public to funnel their finances to vital and urgent causes such as conservation.

    People can join IDP by visiting WWF booths in selected malls all over the country or by simply going to the organization's website.

    "These donations are directed in go ...

  • P1.2B Wildlife Conservation Program Launched In Philippines

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given a P1.2-billion boost to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' biodiversity conservation efforts.

    On Monday, the DENR and the USAID launched Protect Wildlife, a five-year program meant chiefly to cut illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines. The program will be piloted in Palawan, including the Tubbataha reef and the Mt. Mantalingajan range, and the Sulu archipelago, including Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi.

    The whopping $24.5-million USAID grant will be used for procuring technologies and for capacity-buil ...