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 And Cagayancillo Protecting The Sea For People

    How an effectively-managed MPA such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has provided benefits to the people of Cagayancillo and inspired stronger local involvement in natural resource protection and management in the entire municipality.

  • Tubbataha Adventure Day2 Ranger Station

    I woke up refreshed and excited on our second day at sea aboard the M/Y Zamerdius. We were still anchored in Shark Airport in Tubbataha's North Atoll, surrounded by the clear waters of the Sulu Sea. The itinerary the same for the morning: divers head out before breakfast, snorkeling beside the boat, breakfast, then head out to Bird Islet for birding.

    I was more confident getting in the water this time and I spent a longer time snorkeling too! Gibo and I were awed by the sight of a HUGE school of fish passing by the boat!

    As I made my way up the boat, I heard Gibo call from the water "Mai ...

  • Shark Tagging Expedition To Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Hailed A Success

    Researchers from Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) have successfully tagged nine grey reef sharks and one tiger shark with acoustic tags in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines, a continuation of a study started in 2016. The tiger shark was also fitted with a satellite tag.

    The study, which is the first of its kind in the country, is a collaboration between Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) and the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) as part of their on-going work to study the sharks and r ...

  • 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 ...