Dive Tubbataha Reef with Atlantis Azores Liveaboard
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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!

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.

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.

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!!

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.

“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.”

Book to stay with Atlantis, and you can book with confidence, with Atlantis its all about quality and service, and they surpass themselves.

From your tastefully decorated, clean and bright rooms, to the kitchen, that prepares your meals from only the freshest of ingredients, the whole design is to keep you rested and relaxed so you can truly take advantage of the extremely knowledgeable dive teams, who will guide you through some of the best dive sites on the planet.

Atlantis offer exceptional value to the diver, and when comparing with other operators, its good to remember, that the bitterness of poor quality, remains long after the sweetness of a cheap deal is forgotten

Lydia Lodge - United Kingdom (Oonasdivers)

We loved every minute of our time at Dumaguete. From our fresh coconut cocktail upon arrival, massages to die for, food mouth wateringly delicious, the beautiful setting and a staff that anticipated our every need made Atlantis Dive Resort the vacation of a lifetime. Every detail was taken care of from start to finish. Pick up and transfers went off without a hitch. Diving instructors that were incredible. Again, the staff make it wonderful. WE HOPE TO BE BACK SOON!

Dennis & Anna Will, United States of America

Really an unforgettable holiday!Is the Atlantis in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete have made it such.Resort, diving and services, excellent!Resort staff and diving really organized and kind!A great thanks to Luca B. for all!

Simone Barbieri, Italy

The trip was absolutely wonderful! I don’t think your staff could have done much more for us to make us comfortable and make us want to return. Everyone had an absolutely fabulous trip at both properties.

Truxton Terkla, United States of America

Atlantis Azores Tubbataha Trip

Our Guests Love Us

Book to stay with Atlantis, and you can book with confidence, with Atlantis its all about quality and service, and…read more

Lydia Lodge - United Kingdom (Oonasdivers)

We loved every minute of our time at Dumaguete. From our fresh coconut cocktail upon arrival, massages to die for,…read more

Dennis & Anna Will, United States of America

Really an unforgettable holiday!Is the Atlantis in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete have made it such.Resort, diving and services, excellent!Resort staff…read more

Simone Barbieri, Italy

The trip was absolutely wonderful! I don't think your staff could have done much more for us to make us…read more

Truxton Terkla, United States of America

Just wanted to let you know that we had an absolute ball. The accommodation was immaculate and stunning and the…read more

Tony Watts, Australia

I am writing to send a HUGE THANK YOU to you and all the team at Dumaguete. Leon and I…read more

Carole Harris, Dubai UAE

Of the many dive resorts I have visited world wide, I have never been to better resorts than the Atlantis…read more

Daniel Ledbetter, United States of America

Our group was at Puerto Galera in August. We have traveled all over the world diving together for 15 years.…read more

Don Mustic - Sub Sea Systems, LLC, United States of America

Oh my god!! What a trip, what a great bunch of people and what a place to dive. I cannot…read more

Jon Erskine, United Kingdom

Atlantis Resorts was great ! Everything was perfect, pickup at the hotel, boat transfer and a nice 'Welcome' at the…read more

Hermann Preil, Hong Kong

“One Week on Land and One Week on Water”


Reviewed: September 2015

Henry H.
Level  Contributor

I spent an amazing two weeks on the Atlantis properties. The first week we lodged at the resort in Dumaguete and the second week aboard the Azores.

The Atlantis in Dumaguete has everything you need in a dive resort. When we arrived in Manila, the Atlantis staff greeted us in the international terminal and helped transfer us to the domestic terminal to Dumaguete. The staff was also waiting to collect us in Dumaguete and transferred us to the resort.

My room in Dumaguete was spacious, had 24/7 hot water shower, TV with local and English channels, and mini-refrigerator. Outside the room, there were 2 chairs, table and drying rack. The restaurant, which is situated on the beach, had tasty menu and fine selection of drinks.

The diving is great in Dumaguete is great especially if macro photography or video is your thing. The dive masters are very friendly and knowledgeable. The Atlantis has several boats to take divers to various sites. The dive shop is quite organized, upon arrival, you are assigned a large bin for to store your dive gear and hang your gear.

Room Tip: Ask for an high floor ocean front room

Tubbataha Mantas And Whalesharks
Tubbataha Mantas And Whalesharks
Tubbataha Whaleshark
Mantas In Tubbataha Philippines
Turtles In Tubbataha

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.

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.

Dive Day Schedule


Northern Tip of North Atoll

Fissures and crevices lead into it where nurse and whitetip reef sharks can be found resting during the day. Small manta rays, stingrays and spotted eagle rays, together with numerous turtles have all been spotted. The wall has huge gorgonian fan corals, soft corals and barrel sponges. Blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks can normally be seen patrolling here in numbers.

Southern End of North Atoll

Malayan, Wallstreet and Amos Rock are the pick of the dive sites. Fans and macro will enjoy these sites with Denise pygmy seahorses clinging to the sea fans. See scorpion fish, moray eels and even ghost pipefish. Don’t worry pelagic fans, you can still see huge dogtooth tuna, sharks and spanish mackerel in the blue.

Northern Tip of South Atoll

Highlights include Black Rock, T Wreck and Eiger Wall. You will lose count of the number of green and hawksbill turtles in the area. Look out for marble stingrays in the sand. Eagle rays often cruise by and expect to see large grouper and giant trevally.

Southern End of South Atoll

This area is known for its lighthouse and is home to famous divesites Delsan Wreck and Black Rock. Hammerheads are the most prized sighting here as well as occasional whale sharks passing by. Look out for guitar sharks in the shallows.

Jessie Beazley Reef

The charter finishes with a couple of dives at Jessie Beazley Reef. You can see schools of bumphead parrotfish munching on the corals. Watch out for inquisitive napoleon wrasse. The shallow reefs are full of colorful tropical fish like the regal angelfish and titan triggerfish.

Southern End of North Atoll

The dive starts on a gentle slope that is covered in superb unmolested corals and ends with a wall covered with dramatic gorgonian fans where sharp eyed divers can often spot pygmy seahorses. If there’s current, you’ll come across a wide variety of large fish, including narrow-barred spanish mackerel, giant trevally, red snapper, napoleon wrasse and giant groupers.

You’re almost certain to see whitetip and grey reef sharks. Look out for manta rays, spotted eagle rays and both green and hawksbill turtles closer to the surface. Other fish that can be seen include rainbow runners, african pompano, angel fish, leaf scorpion fish, fire dart fish and down deeper, decorated dart fish.