Tripoptions - Tubbataha Reef, Apo reef, Coron and Maestre de Campo

Tubbataha Reef

is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea of the Philippines. 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa City in the Palawan Province. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. In 1993 the UNESCO declared Tubbataha as World Heritage Site. Tubbataha reef is nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The word tubbataha is a combination of two samal words: tubba and taha, which together means "a long reef exposed at low tide".The reef is made up of two coral atolls divided by an eight-kilometer wide channel. The South Atoll, the smaller of the two is five kilometers in length and three kilometers in width; while the North Atoll, the larger of the two is 16 kilometers long and five kilometers wide.

Over 1000 species inhabit in the reef, many are already considered as endangered. There are giant trevally (jacks), hammerhead sharks, grey reefsharks, white- and blacktip reefsharks, barracudas, manta rays, palm-sized Moorish idols, napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, and moray eels living in the sanctuary. There also have been reported sightings of whale sharks and tiger sharks. Tubbataha is even home to the hawksbill sea turtles.

We offer Tubbataha National Marine Park liveaboard trips between the months of April to June. It is in this period where the waves are most calm.

Apo Reef

beside Tubbataha Reef is Apo Reef one of the most famous diving site in the Philippines and the one of the most popular coral reef in the world. Apo Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world and the largest one in the country. Apo Reef is the largest among three islands of the Apo Reef Nature park. The other two Islands are the Apo Island and the Pandan Island. Apo Reef is located 28 kms off the western coast of Mindoro Island.

Apo Reef is one of the world class diving site in the Philippines and is a pure bliss for divers. Apo Reef diving has some spectacular drop offs and walls with some of the best visibility in the country.

Apo Reef is a protected sanctuary and declared a National Park in 1996. Apo Reef Natural Park has a unique natural phenomenon and has a high diversity of corals and has an island covered with terrestrial vegetation.

If you like big fish action Apo Reef will not disappoint you, schools of trevally, tuna and the photographers dream, barracudas, not to mention hammerheads, white and black tip reef sharks, manta, eagle and sting rays and turtles galore.

Palawan Coron

Coron Island is best known for the eight out of twelve Japanese supplies shipwrecks that were sunk by the United States Navy during a massive air bombing campaign during World War 2. These ships were sunk at depths of 10 to 43 meters and some of the wrecks are 160 meters in length, with most of the ships still intact.
Beautiful corals and more fish inhabit other wrecks like the Okikawa Maru, Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, and the Olympia Maru amongst others.

Maestro de Campo

Maestro de Campo Island or in some records Maestre de Campo Island is an island in the province of Romblon in the Philippines. It has one municipality named Concepcion. The island is also called Sibale and its inhabitants call themselves Sibalenhons. Many people believed that it has been an enchanted island.
In 1973 the 90-meter cargo ship "Mactan Ferry" sank here. Today the "Mactan" is one of the most fascinating wrecks and full of life and corals. Easy diving between 20 to 48 meters and home to many different aquatic animals.

Tubbataha Reef

Apo Reef

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