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Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef is home to the most beautiful coral reefs that are sure to give you breathtaking experiences.

A protected marine area and natural area located in Palawan Philippines, Tubbataha is composed of 97,030 hectares divided into two reefs: the North Reef, which is 4 to 5 kilometres wide, and the South Reef, which is 1 to 2 kilometres wide.



The Tubbataha Reef is located 150 kilometres southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.


Opening Days and Hours

You can get to Tubbataha Reef via ships or boats. Boarding time is between 18:00 to 20:00, with travel time taking around 10 to 12 hours, so you will arrive at Tubbataha Reef around 6:00 to 10:00 the following day.


Entry Fee and Bookings

It is recommended to book at least a year before your travel. The visitor entry fee is USD 100 per person, with a 50% discount on your next visit within the same season. Dive boats cost around USD 1,000 to 4,000.


How to Get There

You can fly into Palawan via the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Your travel agent can then book your transfer from the airport to the port, which takes a few minutes. From the port, you will then board your dive boat to the Tubbataha Reefs; travel time takes 10 to 12 hours.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Diving/marine enthusiasts


Time to Spend

Considering the travel time it takes to get to the area, you can stay in the Tubbataha Reefs for as long as 7 days.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to go is during the summer months of March to May, when the water is clear and the possibility of typhoons is low.



  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating
  • Bird Watching



  • Filipino cuisine
  • Western cuisine
  • Asian cuisine


Nearby Attractions

  • El Nido Marine Reserve Park
  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
  • Coron Reefs
  • Mt. Tapyas
  • Bacuit Archipelago



Live aboard accommodation only by either a yacht or boat, which is included in your tour package.

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