Diving in Tubbataha
Imagine yourself surrounded by pristine hard corals as far as the eyes can see, thousands and thousands of reef fish, cruising sharks and rays, swimming turtles and drop offs into oblivion.
Welcome to Tubbataha!
The Atlantis Azores is just wrapping up another spectacular season in this UNESCO World Heritage Site – and we can’t wait to come back again next season.
Our divers this year experienced adrenaline rush diving with Mantas, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Turtles, Schools of Barracuda, Dog-Tooth Tuna, Moorish Idols, Spadefish, and so very much more. Some divers even got to witness the extremely territorial nesting behaviors of the Titan Triggerfish, who were out in full-force during the latter part of April. On the smaller side of things, our macro photographers found Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Seahorses, Frogfish, and of course – Nudibranchs!
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to no less than 573 species of fish, 373 species of corals, 11 species of sharks, 12 species of dolphins and whales, nestling hawksbill and green sea turtles. No wonder this remote ‘hidden gem’ of the Philippines is a haven for larger pelagics and even larger schools of fish.
Atlantis Azores offers 7 night liveaboard trips throughout the 12-week season beginning in mid-March through to mid-June.
For the 2018 season we still have a few spaces left, but these spaces will fill fast.
Now’s the perfect time to visit this magical “Wonder of Nature’, so why wait any longer to book this “must see” diving destination and experience for yourself…the magic of Tubbataha!
There should be no doubt that Tubbataha needs to be on every divers bucket list.
And the best way to do Tubbataha is aboard the Atlantis Azores.
Getting to Tubbataha
Guests fly internationally into Manila (MNL) then board a domestic flight (approximately 1-¼ hours) to Puerto Princesa (PPR), which is located on the island of Palawan.
Guests board the Atlantis Azores Saturdays at 5pm. We cast off from the port around 7pm for the 10-hour journey to Tubbataha where we arrive the next morning in time to start diving.
Tubbataha is located in the Sulu Sea, at the center of the Coral Triangle between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Rarely visited due to its location and its status as a marine preserve, Tubbataha is made up of two reefs, simply referred to as the North and South Reefs. The North and South Reefs both enclose a sandy lagoon. On the southern tip is an islet with a lighthouse. This is used as a rookery for birds and is frequented by turtles.
What our guests says about Tubbataha?
Michel Gilbert, April 29-May 6, 2017
Tubbataha is a true gem. One day we had a whale shark, too many white tips, black tips and grey reef sharks to count them and… topping it, a manta. That same day other divers even saw a tiger shark! This is action. Icing on the cake was the manta that gently rubbed my housing dome port with its fin… yes, she came that close!
Danielle Alary, April 29-May 6, 2017
On a scale of 1-10 I rate the Azores Tubbataha cruise as a 15! Extraordinary diving, incredible crew and food worthy of the Cunard Liners. Looking down on the walls of the atoll is like flying a helicopter over a busy highway. Sharks cruise constantly and other pelagics swim by.
Easy Divers Group April 15-22, 2017
Best diving on the planet!
Beautiful reefs and walls covered with life!
I loved every single dive and spent the week grinning from ear to ear.
The night dives were out of this world. Magical.
Very easy diving from our skiffs. We had the reefs to ourselves.
Our guides could find anything and everything!
We played with dolphins and mantas before breakfast.
Wonderful experience! Saw so many things I’d never seen or even heard of.
Dmitri O. RuDIVE Group April 8-15, 2017
Our recent trip to Tubbataha reef on board the Azores Atlantis was wonderful. Very good diving with a lot of big animals, surprisingly healthy and extensive coral gardens, excellent services and food on board, smooth logistics and professional attitude. Thanks a lot!!
Colin Harris, March 18-25, 2017
Well, what can I say except what an amazing trip yet again, Fergal seems to have it all going in the right direction, the crew, instructors and DM’s we’re fantastic! “There is no point in going on the boat if you’re on a diet” Varry the chef is a credit to Atlantis; his food is amazing as is everyone else also.
Lalana Pundisto. March 11-18, 2017
“Recently returned from Tubbataha with Atlantis Azores and it was phenomenal!
From a liveaboard in this price range I expect two things: great diving support and great dining. Atlantis Azores delivered on both counts.”