Tubbataha Reef

Home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, Tubbataha Reef boasts magnificent diversity of marine life. 

This park which is an underwater sanctuary is the Philippines' first national marine park.   The park gives importance to preserving marine life for future generations of humankind. 

With colorful reefs, visit this marine park and witness the wonders of this one-of-a-kind underwater world.

Tubbataha Reef is a two atoll coral reef system. The name is derived from two words which collectively mean "long reef exposed at low tide."


The atolls and reef system are located in the Sulu Sea off the coast of the Philippines.

The smaller of the Tubbataha Reef atolls is 3 miles (5 km) long and 3 km wide) with the larger measuring 10 miles (16 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide.

The atolls and Tubbataha Reef are a sanctuary for more than 1,000 species. Visitors will find manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks. There are 300 coral species, 400 fish species, and numerous bird life.

The Tubbataha Reef is part of the Tubbataha National Marine Park which encompasses 239,000 acres (968.24 sq km). The reefs and atolls are guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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