Tubbataha, located in the Sulu Sea, is a marine reserve and a UNESCO world heritage site. Due to its location and dependence on weather conditions is only accessible by liveaboard and dived from March till June.
The marine reserve comprises two reefs, referred to as North and South, and 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 remarkable.
Your home for this trip of a lifetime is the newly renovated 39 metre Infiniti. A stable, steel-hulled, twin-engined, motor yacht, she has 11 cabins with four different classes to choose from, all are comfortable with modern bathrooms.
For relaxing during your surface interval or to stargaze at night there is an outdoor lounge and a huge sundeck. The indoor lounge, featured on the right, has a well-stocked library, comfy sofas, and a large flat-screen television.
The spacious dive deck has a personal dive station for everyone and plenty of freshwater rinsing tanks for equipment and camera gear. Diving is done from one of the vessels two RIBs, making sure you get dropped off and picked up safely.
The dive sites visited on this trip include but are not limited to the Malayan wreck, Wall Street, Amos Rock, shark Airport, Washing Machine, and the ranger station on the North Atoll.
On the South Atoll, you will visit South West Wall, Staghorn Point, Delsan Wreck, Black Wreck, and T wreck. On the way back, you will dive the famous Jessie Beazley Reef northwest of the North Atoll.
Marine life that can be encountered includes Nurse, Hammerhead, and Tiger sharks. Whitetip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks can be seen patrolling these waters in large numbers. Manta and Eagle rays, endangered green turtles, and hawksbill turtles can be seen closer to the surface. Giant trevallies, red snappers, groupers, barracuda, Spanish mackerel and other large fish are seen in the reefs of Tubbataha. There is always the chance of a Whale shark.
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