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

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  • Palawenoss Learn Fair And Sustainable Tourism

    A tourism capacity building workshop was held here Friday to familiarize Palaweno travel and tour operators about the Korean travel market and understanding "fair and sustainable tourism."

    With the theme "Discovering Palawan as an Attractive Natural Heritage Destination," the workshop was in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), local governments, and stakeholders.

    ASEAN Korea Centre Secretary General Lee Hyuk said the goal of the capacity building workshop is based on the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's Tourism Strat ...

  • Wild Expeditions Palawan: Promoting Leave No Trace Tourism

    Wild Expeditions Palawan: Promoting Leave No Trace Tourism

    The number of travel and tour retailers in this capital city of Palawan, now at more than 100, continues to increase - undeniably because tourism is a major contributor to the province's economy.

    Travel and tour operators have mushroomed in the city, but more so in the global computer network, including fraudulent ones, offering a multiplicity of information about what could be an itinerant's dream travel in Puerto Princesa and the province.

    A lot of them, but not all, offer matchmaking tour services to let travelers express what they truly want to do, for instance, explore the unbeaten ...

  • Tubbataha Marks 30 By Celebrating Its Big Five Both Species And Supporters

    Tubbataha Marks 30 By Celebrating Its Big Five Both Species And Supporters

    Today, Aug. 11, it will be 30 years since President Corazon Aquino signed Proclamation No. 306, creating the Philippines first national marine protected area (MPA), the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park now the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) in 1988.

    The proclamation turned this jewel among Philippine reefs all 97,000-plus hectares of it in the middle of the Sulu Sea in Palawan into a "no-take zone," legally protecting this important center of marine biodiversity of the country as well as the world.

    In 1993, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Un ...

  • Palawan Govt Reiterates Plan To Build Ranger Station In Tubbataha

    Palawan Govt Reiterates Plan To Build Ranger Station In Tubbataha

    The Palawan government reiterated its plan to construct a new P220 million state-of-the-art ranger station in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) in Cagayancillo town as it celebrated its 30th year of establishment as a marine protected area (MPA).

    Angelique Songco, manager of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO), told Palawan News the provincial government is just waiting to complete the fund which is still short of around P50 million to begin construction anytime soon.

    "Yong pag-build ng ranger station ay project ng provincial government. They will be the ones to determine kung ke ...

  • Tubbataha At 30

    Tubbataha At 30

    Liveaboard ships, which are really floating hotels packed with dive gear, compressors, tanks, chase boats and the dive pros are the only way divers can access this marine park.

    Getting up in the quiet of the first day, with the sun still below the horizon, the sky is pink, as is the calm sea reflecting it. There is only a spit of land, called Bird Island I am told. Both Bird Island and the other island where the light house sits are off limits to humans. Luckily it is what lies beneath the waters that is the main attraction.

    Aug. 11 commemorates the 30th year of the creation of Tubbataha ...