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 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 ...

  • Coral Heart Of The Ocean

    NEW! Follow the expedition of H.S.H.Prince Albert II of Monaco at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the heart of the Sulu Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 970 km?, the park is home to 72% of the world's coral species! The largest marine protected area in the Philippines, it is also one of the very few reserves for seabirds, sea turtles and sharks in the region.

  • Tubbataha Philippines UNESCO Marine World Heritage At Oceanographic Museum Of Monaco

    Tubbataha Philippines UNESCO Marine World Heritage At Oceanographic Museum Of Monaco

    Protecting our oceans safeguarding our ecosystem

    Patricia Zobel de Ayala, better known as Patsy to her friends, is the very active Honorary Consul of The Philippines in Monaco, and a passionate of diving and water sports in general, who firmly believes in the need to protect our oceans. On June 27, 2017, Patsy, in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco unveiled the exhibition Tubbataha, the Philippines? UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, who champions ocean conservation and the safeguarding of our ecosystem.

    This first-ever Philippine ...

  • Adventures With Tubbatahas Mama Ranger

    Adventures With Tubbatahas Mama Ranger

    Gloves, part of a scuba-diver's gear, protect the fingers from poisonous stings when the hands hang on to a rock or coral. At the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Sulu, southern Philippines, however, gloves are strictly prohibited.

    That's because the corals and critters in this marine and bird sanctuary, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Site (so declared in 1993, the only purely marine World Heritage Site in Southeast Asia), are protected at all cost??"they don't want you to hang on to anything.

    Thus, most boats require significant ...

  • Why Should We Care About Sharks

    Why Should We Care About Sharks

    Tagging" a big, gentle whale shark??"that is, swimming close enough to attach a device that will help scientists track the animal's movements??"seems easy enough for researchers. But tagging a tiger shark, known to be aggressive and strong enough to crunch a turtle in half, shell and all?

    Last year, in the second edition of "Expedition Shark" of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (Lamave), the first study of its kind in the country, a tiger shark was tagged for the first time in the Coral Triangle.

    In April this year, the ...

  • Rule Of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit For Marine Conservation Opens At Solaire

    Rule Of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit For Marine Conservation Opens At Solaire

    In celebration of World Oceans Day, captivating underwater photos of multi-awarded photographers Anna Varona and Danny Ocampo presents 'Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit' for marine conservation opens at Solaire.

    The exhibit is to highlight the beauty of the Philippine oceans and the urgent need to protect them and also to help the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in their continuous efforts to conserve Philippine oceans and the communities that greatly depend on them.

    WWF-Philippines' work in protecting the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inspired the declaration of a ...