Discovery Adventure offers liveaboard dive trips to Tubbataha during the limited opening window of mid-March to mid-June each year. Tubbataha is considered the Mecca of Philippine diving and recognized as the only marine UNESCO WORLD heritage site in Asia.
The park is under the strict protection of armed rangers all year round to preserve the beauty of this underwater world. As a result, visitors have the privilege of seeing the spectacular reefs and marine life like manta rays, turtles, schools of fish, and whale sharks.
Sponges bigger than you’ve seen anywhere else, giant sea fans, and beautiful soft corals make the walls look like underwater gardens.
Exploring Shark Airport is one of the most exciting highlights of this cruise. This reef edge contains coral bommies and sandy patches where white tip sharks are usually found lying on the sand, resembling parked airplanes at an airport. Schools of snappers and surgeonfish can also be spotted in the reef top.
Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible by liveaboard three months out of the year. These pristine reefs, located 100 miles offshore in the Sula Sea, are protected by rangers year round and made up of North and South Atolls and Jessie Beazley Reef. Divers can experience wonderful visibility and some of the best diving the Philippines has to offer from March until June each year.
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.
Daily dive schedule
popular Dives sites
The Delsan Wreck located on the southeast end features a deep crack in the coral that extends out like an elbow from the wall, known as “The Cut.” Currents usually sweep through the V-shaped plateau, bringing along species like tuna, jacks, schools of barracuda, hammerheads, tiger sharks, and whale sharks that divers who come to Tubbataha look forward to seeing.
Black Rock, located at the northeast corner of Tubbataha is a long, gently sloping drop off where divers are likely to encounter eye-catching and playful species of fish called Sweetlips. This dive site is also known for sightings of emperor fish, snappers, bluefin trevally, giant trevally, and chevron barracudas. There are also multiple manta cleaning stations found in the area.
Diving along the wall of Seafan Valley gives divers, especially underwater photographers a wonderful view of sea fan colonies. These sea fans make the perfect underwater subjects because of their amazing branching structures and vibrant colors.
Multicolored sweetlips, bumphead parrotfish, and batfish roam the remnants of a log carrier in 15 feet of clear water. If you want to encounter the elusive hammerhead sharks, it’s best to schedule your dive early in the morning. When your dive is nearing the end and you’re on the shallow reef top gassing off your nitrogen, there’s a good chance to spot a school of bumphead parrotfish feeding on the coral heads.
The name Ko-ok is inspired by the brown-footed booby that lives in Bird Island. This dive site is usually designated as the last dive because when the sun goes down, it unveils terraces filled with stunning white soft coral scattered among huge barrel sponges.
A wide array of fish species flock to Ko-ok especially on the reef top and during the new moon, the usually solitary enigmatic sailfin snapper gather here in groups. The largest shoal of bumphead parrotfish can also be found in these waters. The presence of a huge area of cloudy water in the distance is indicative of schools of fish with the remains of coral waste causing the blurry water.