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

  • Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Endowed with rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, pristine waters, astonishing landscapes surrounding inland water bodies and a variety of wildlife, the Philippines has the potential of pump priming the economy through ecotourism.

    According to the latest report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the first seven months of the year yielded the country 3.93 million foreign tourists a marked increase of 11.02 percent from the same period last year.

    Visitor receipts from January to July 2017 hit some P179.86 billion, an increase of 21.07 percent from the same seven-month period in ...

  • How The Philippines Coral Heart Keeps Beating

    How The Philippines Coral Heart Keeps Beating

    As corals worldwide find themselves besieged, Tubbataha Reef remains shockingly pristine. Why?

    The year was 1981, and Angelique Songco, then an employee of a dive boat, found herself marveling at the atolls before her, the coral heart of the Philippines. But over the next few years, she saw humans shadow creep over the waters of the Sulu Sea.

    Fishermen from as far away as the province of Quezon, some 370 miles distant, filed into Tubbataha Reef, one of the worlds most biodiverse for their livelihoods sake. The results were devastating. Dynamite killed fish where they swam; cyanide squirt ...

  • A Victory For Migratory Species

    A Victory For Migratory Species

    Conservation advocates in the Philippines have reasons to celebrate these days. They considered the recent listing of the five endangered migratory species in the appendices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also called Bonn Convention, as a big step toward their protection and conservation throughout their migratory routes or range.

    Environmental ministers, who took part in the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP12 CMS), recently approved 11 Philippine-drafted resolutions, including the up-listing of a shark and a fi ...

  • Tubbataha Reef Palawan UNESCO Heritage Site And A National Treasure

    Palawan and Tubbataha Reef "All you have to do is Open Your Eyes!" Indeed the Last Frontier!

    Credits to Tubbataha Friends.

  • PH Seeks Protection For Endangered Seabird Species In Tubbataha Reefs

    PH Seeks Protection For Endangered Seabird Species In Tubbataha Reefs

    The Philippines is seeking to include Black noddy (Anous minutus) subspecies worcesteri, an endangered seabird species, in the Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to ensure its protection.

    In a draft resolution submitted by the country to the CMS secretariat, it sought the approval of more than 120 nations attending the 12th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CMS to be held in Manila from October 23 to 28.

    Black noddy is a kind of seabird that breeds only in two islets in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park off Palawan province.

    The inclusion of the endanger ...

  • A Paradise On Earth See The Beauty Of Tubbataha Reef

    The Philippines is home to many of the world's most breathtaking natural sights, and Tubbataha Reef is undoubtedly one of the country's best.

    Recently, 3 photographers worked with the Ayala Foundation to showcase the beauty of the reef in "Tubbataha: A National Treasure" exhibit.

    With its rich biodiversity, Tubbataha has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).