Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Philippines
The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park of Sulu Sea, Philippines is a coral reef that is compiled of two atolls, the Northern and Southern atoll. The park is a Marine Protected Area under the protective management of the Philippines Department of National Defence. Extensive research have discovered more than 600 verities of fish, and several species of corals, whale, sharks and dolphins. It is also well known to be nesting ground for Green Turtles.
Tubbataha reef National Marine Park is considered world’s one of the most outstanding coral reefs in the world. (credit)
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park Tourism
The reef is an isolated place and can be reached only by boats. The main tourists of the park are divers. Fishermen visit there only during season. The Tubbataha National Park trips are vessel- based and takes almost ten hours to reach from Puerto Princesa City. The diving season is from mid March to mid June. (photo credit)
There is an entrance fee for the divers. The park fees are used to manage and protect the reef. In September 2010, Palawan governor declared that local residents of Palawan province are exempted from conservation fees to enter the Tubbataha Reef. It is advisable to book the trip well in advance for divers. The best time is middle or end of April because the waves become strong from April to June and underwater visibility can be hindered. The ranger station is generally a restricted area; however tourists are allowed to go to buy souvenirs and have the amenities.
Divers have to obey certain rules and regulations which are clearly mentioned to retain the ecosystem of the reef. (photo credit)