Best Tubbataha Reef Snorkeling

The 17th most popular snorkel dive spot in Philippines.

  Palawan, Visayas, Philippines


  February 14, 2018

Southeast Palawan Island in the Sulu Sea, the snorkeling at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is one of the best snorkeling spots in the Philippines. This boat-accessed snorkeling dive is known for over 1000 fish species. The reef is located within the El Nido Marine Reserve. While snorkeling Tubbataha Reef, you may encounter sea turtles, clownfish, manta rays and sharks.

The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7,100 islands stretching 1,840km and presents a snorkelers paradise. The warm, crystal clear waters are a haven for diverse marine life. With visibility up to 60m, the waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea and South China Sea are habitat to 400 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish including sharks, rays and turtles.

Overall, the Philippines are divided into the three main tourist regions, from south to north, of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Each region has numerous tropical beaches and shallow reefs. The best time of year for snorkeling in the Philippines is the cool and dry months of December through March. The months of June to October are the rainiest months and are known to have typhoons.

To reach the Philippines from other countries, most people fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) located on the south side of Manila in the Luzon region. It is served by 30 international airlines. Alternately, there are five other smaller international airports including Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Lapu-Lapu City (serving Australia, Singapore and Japan), Davao Airport (serving Indonesia and Singapore), Clark Airport, Subic Airport and Laoag Airport. Once in the Philippines, the main inter-island airlines are Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines. In addition to inter-island airlines, many of the 7,100 islands are interconnected by small ferry companies (usually very crowded). Recently, a newer high-speed SuperFerry has started to connect some of the islands and is known to be less crowded.

Overall, Tubbataha Reef is the 17th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 30 snorkeling dives in Philippines. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Tubbataha Reef including El Nido, Miniloc Island, Matinloc Island, Nabat Island, Bacuit Bay and Taytay Island.

Local Contacts:  Philippines Department Of Tourism (632) 459-5200

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Luxury Loding:  El Nido Resort, Miniloc Island +63 2 9025985

GPS:  8.850326, 119.922961

Date Published:  2/14/2018

ID:  25325

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