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 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.

  • 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 ...