The apex of Philippines' diving

Tubbataha located in the Sulu Sea is a marine reserve and a world UNESCO heritage site, due to its location and dependence on weather conditions is only accessible by liveaboard, and dived March till June. The marine reserve is made up of two reefs, referred to as North and South, both reefs enclose a sandy lagoon. A lighthouse stands on an islet at the southern tip, which is used as a rookery for birds and is frequented by sea turtles. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Parks is home to more than 570 species of fish, 370 species of coral, 11 species of shark, and 12 species of dolphin and whale. There are also large numbers of nesting Hawksbill and Green sea turtles. Tubbataha is one of THE places to dive for scuba adventurers, both remote and ridiculously beautiful.

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Your vessel for this dive trip of a lifetime is the 34.6 metre long M/Y Resolute. A steel-hulled vessel that has safely been voyaging the seas since 1974, when she was formerly a Soviet spy trawler during the cold war. After being decommissioned, she was purchased and converted into dive liveaboard, operating in the Philippines since 1998, she is one of the longest-running liveaboard vessels in the country. The M/Y Resolute carries a maximum of 16 divers in 8 cabins, each with a private bathroom and climate controlled A/C. She has ample indoor and outdoor space to relax and take in the views, a spacious dive deck, camera workstations, a comfortable saloon, and diving is done from one of the two support dinghies. Operated by a highly experienced crew, the M/Y Resolute is a dependable choice for your Tubbataha dive adventure.

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During your five days of diving the crown jewel of the Philippines scuba destinations, you will explore all of the UNESCO heritage sites’ atolls and reefs, including Jessie Beazley Reef. During your cruise, you will be encountering an array of different shark species, including Blacktip, Whitetip, Grey Reef, and Nurse sharks; you will also be on the lookout for Tiger, Hammerhead and Whale sharks. The marine park is a vital sea turtle hatchery, so you will be treated to Green turtle and Hawksbill turtle spotting. Your Tubbataha experience will encompass schools of pelagics, Manta and Eagle rays against a backdrop of pristine coral reefs.

Itinerary

  • Embark the vessel at Puerto Princessa.
  • Briefing and cabin assignment.
  • Snacks and relax.
  • Dinner, drinks and cruise to Tubbataha.
  • Light breakfast for the early risers.
  • Hearty breakfast
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery, fiddle with cameras in anticipation.
  • Lunch
  • Dive one.
  • Afternoon snack, relax and enjoy the the remote vistas.
  • Dive two.
  • Dinner, drinks and stargazing.
  • Light snack.
  • Dive one.
  • Hearty breakfast.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery.
  • Dive two.
  • Lunch.
  • Take a nap, read a book and chill out.
  • Dive three.
  • Afternoon snack, relax and enjoy the the remote vistas.
  • Dive four.
  • Dinner, drinks and stargazing.
  • Early snack.
  • Dive one.
  • Hearty breakfast
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery.
  • Dive two.
  • Lunch.
  • Time to break down gear and wash up.
  • Afternoon snack and enjoy the cruise back to the mainland.
  • Dinner, drinks and relaxing with new scuba buddies.
  • Breakfast and final briefing.
  • Disembark at Puerto Princessa.

Packages

7D6N Tubbataha
from $2688 USDper person
  • Accommodation in a double cabin.
  • 16 dives in Tubbataha Marine Park.
  • Full board meals created by two experienced on-board chefs.
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9D8N Tubbataha transition, Batangas - Puerto Princessa.
from $3475 USDper person
  • Accommodation in a double cabin.
  • 22 dives including Apo Reef and Tubbataha.
  • Full board meals created by two experienced on-board chefs.
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