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Tubbataha Reef Liveaboard Trip 2025

Join us on a liveaboard trip to the crown jewel of Philippine diving: Tubbataha Reef (aka the Galapagos of the Coral Triangle)

Diving Adelaide Tubbataha (Philippines) Liveaboard Trip 2025

Join us on an epic adventure to Tubbataha Reef, the pinnacle of diving in the Philippines and one of the absolute best dive spots in the world! Accessable only by liveaboard and only open to divers from March to June each year, Tubbataha Reef is the largest Marine Protected Area in the Philippines, covering 97,000+ hectares. It consists of 2 huge coral atolls (aptly named the North and South Atolls) and a smaller coral structure, known as the Jessie Beazley Reef.

We’re returning to stunning luxury 5* Philippine Siren liveaboard for this trip and have picked our trip right on the full moon, so we’re expecting to see some of the best pelagic action in the world on this trip! We’ve read a report of a Siren trip to Tubbataha around the same time and on the full moon week, with multiple whaleshark sightings on most dives, hammerhead sharks on multiple dive plus manta rays and thresher shark sightings as well, all in the one week!

The reef has been a designated marine park since 1988 and has been a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, which reflects the atolls’ exceptional marine species diversity and richness. The area is renowned for its remote and undisturbed character and the continued presence of large mega fauna, such as tiger sharks, thresher sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads sharks, manta rays, cetaceans, turtles and huge schools of pelagic fish such as barracudas and trevallies, which makes this an important habibat for many threatened and endangered marine species. It is an important nesting area for green turtles and hawksbill turtles and as the area is free from human habitation and is of a sufficient size, it provides the complete representation of the key features and processes of a full reef system with migratory species and top predators. The marine park is only open to divers for 3 months of the year (mid-March to mid-June) and remains closed the rest of the year. It is prohibited to fish in the marine park 365 days per year and a team of 10-12 rangers is always present on the atolls to enforce the rules.

This is your chance to dive a remote reef system at the best time of the year on a stunning liveaboard! Explore the atolls of Tubbataha reef with us and get a good look at this unique reef system and its megafauna! Nitrox and PADI Advanced certification are recommended for this trip.

We have secured a full charter for this trip at an amazing price! This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so don’t miss out on your chance to dive Tubbataha with us this year! Dive Adventures have made us another amazing deal with flights ex Sydney, all meals & soft drinks on board included, up to 4 dives a day, all nitrox included, at just $8930!

To book, simply click on the link below or send us an email and we will send you an online booking form right away. At the time of booking a deposit of $800 is required to secure your spot.

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4 MAY - 15 MAY 2025

Philippine Siren 5* Liveaboard Trip

Book on today for the trip of a lifetime on board the Philippine Siren Liveaboard with 18 dives included at remote Tubbataha Reef!

Tubbataha is only accessible by liveaboard and is the crown jewel of diving in the Coral Triangle and affectionately known as “the Galapgos of the Philippines”.

The Philippine Siren is a 40m long ironwood luxury liveaboard with 8 ensuite cabins. The rooms are very comfortable, the dive deck is roomy and the lounge, dining area and sun deck are beautiful.

Join us on this adventure of a lifetime!

Inclusions

Return Airfares ex Sydney to Puerto Princesa flying via Manila with Philippine Airlines.

If you would like to join the trip from a different airport (anywhere in the world), please let us know and our travel agents will contact you with a quote including airfares right away!

Return airport transfers in Manila and Puerto Princesa are included.

The package price is based on 10 nights twin share accommodation with a total of 6 nights on board the Philippine Siren.

  • 1 Night Twin Share at the Travelodge Sydney.
  • 1 Night Twin Share at The Belmont Hotel Manila.
  • 2 Nights Twin Share t the Hue Puerto Princesa
  • 6 Nights Twin Share on board the Philippine Siren

We have 6 nights on board the Philippine Siren liveaboard with a total of 18 dives at the best dive sites of Tubbataha Reef!

Nitrox, tanks and weights are included in this trip. Rental gear is not included in this trip. If you need any gear, we highly recommend to have a look at our online store or contact us to rent gear for the duration of the trip at a reduced rate.

Eat, sleep, dive, repeat is a great mantra for liveaboard diving! On board the Philippine Sires all non-alcoholic drinks (tea, coffee, juices, water and soft drinks) as well as all meals and snacks will be included.

If you have ever been on board one of the Siren Fleet liveaboards, you know we’re in for a treat as the food is always great on board!

Other meals that are included are:

  • Breakfast at The Belmont Hotel Manila
  • Breakfast daily at The Hue Puerto Princesa

Your departure taxes are included with your tickets.

Exclusions

These fees are payable on arrival:

  • USD$120 Marine Park Fee

Extra fees will apply for:

  • 15L (instead of 12L) cylinders
  • Any other equipment rental besides tank and weights

We highly recommend taking out travel insurance as well as DAN diving insurance for this trip.

Any excess luggage fees can be prebooked with our travel agent beforehand or can be paid at the airport.

The trip price is based ex Sydney. Tickets ex Adelaide can be included at an additional cost or points can be used if you have points available.

Package price is subject to change. Please use package price as an indicative price only, as exchange rate and flight prices can change.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Video: BEYOND BEAUTY

What Tubbataha has to offer!

See why Tubbataha Reef earned its nickname of the “Galapagos of the Coral Triangle” – with 13 species of whales and dolphins, 13 species of sharks, an incredibly diverse reef with huge schools of fish and its remote location, this truly is one of the last paradise on Planet Earth!


Join us in 2025 and see the rich marine life of Tubbataha Reef with your own eyes on board the Philippine Siren 5* luxury liveaboard! Simply click the button below to book you spot!

LOCATION & DETAILS

About Tubbataha Reef

The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park lies in a unique position in the middle of the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. It consists of Tubbataha itself and the Jessie Beazley Reefs and protects an area of almost 100,000 hectares of high quality marine habitats containing three atolls and a large area of deep sea!

 

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species. It has been nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and is part of the Coral Triangle.

 

It is located 150 km southeast of Puerto Princesa where the liveaboard will leave from.

 

The reef ecosystems support over 360 species of coral and almost 700 species of fish and mammals, including whales, dolphins, sharks, manta rays and turtles! The reserve also protects one of the few remaining colonies of breeding seabirds in the region.

What David Harasti has to say about Tubbataha Reef

David Harasti is a Senior Research Scientist and marine biologist with over 20 years experience working on threatened marine species and marine biodiversity, who used to write for Scuba Diver Australasia and is a renowned underwater photographer. He starts his article about Tubbataha Reef as follows:

 

“In the past I used to write lots of dive articles, but about 5 years ago I stopped writing them. Basically I got tired of writing the same old BS each time. The articles always went something like “…it was beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, the biggest fish you have ever seen, the best diving I’ve ever done… blah, blah, blah.” It was the same old stuff rehashed over and over for each destination I had visited. So I gave up on the writing as it was boring for me and most likely boring for readers.

 

But now, I need to write this story. I need to share with you all about what I experienced over a single weeks dive trip. I work as a marine scientist specialising in seahorses, turtles and sharks, so over the past 20 years I have done lots of diving and been fortunate enough to dive in locations all around the world, but never have I had a diving adventure as incredible as this. And the thing is, I came to this destination not knowing anything about it, not even having a clue where it was located, so when I arrived I pretty much had zero expectations. Even if I came here with high expectations, they would have been completely blown out of the water. So let me tell you about this place, the place called Tubbataha Reef.”

 

He continues: “The thing with Tubbataha is that it is incredibly remote, you cannot see land in any direction once you are there and diving can be done for ONLY 3 months of the year (March-June).  The rest of the time sea conditions are too rough so the reef is inaccessible.  So the diving window is small. Diving can only be done by liveaboard and there are approximately only 10 boats that runs trips to the reef.

 

On my first dive we went to the site where they put you through a ‘check-out’ dive.  Basically the dive guide wants to make sure you can breathe, float and not crash into the reef. It was here that I implemented my ‘angelfish factor’. The angelfish factor is a simple test that I implement everywhere I go diving and it’s basically how many species of angelfish can I find on a single dive.  To me, angelfish are an excellent indicator of the health of a coral reef.  The more angelfish species that you find, the healthier the coral reef is.  My previous record for a location was 8 species of angelfish on a dive, this was from Tufi in Papua New Guinea.  My very first dive in Tubbataha, I got 11 different species.  We have a winner; the coral diversity and fish diversity of Tubbataha is the best that I have seen anywhere.”

 

And that was just the first dive(!). Contuining on about his next dives: “Now let’s jump to the the 2nd dive.  When the guide told me it was going to be a wall dive I was like ‘here we go again’ but I thought let’s keep an open mind so I put the wide angle lens on.  As I descended down the wall I saw 2 grey reef sharks, then a whitetip cruised past followed by a black tip reef shark and then the whale shark swam straight up to me.  A whale shark just swam out of the blue and came straight at me!  And not only did it swim through the 8 divers, it then turned and came back through us again.  This is all happened in the first 10 minutes of the dive.  And then again, towards the end of the dive, another whale shark came up to us.  When we finally surfaced, all I can remember being said by the other divers is “holy shit, holy shit, holy shit”; hmmmmmmm, I think I’m going to like wall diving in Tubbataha.  This single 60 min dive is one of the best dives I’ve ever done; I have never really tried to rank my best dives but this dive was so good it’s going in my top 5 dives of all time and I doubt very much I’ll be surpassing it”.

 

Onto the 3rd and 4th dives: “The 3rd and 4th dives for the days were again wall dives, I can’t recall the name of the sites but it’s irrelevant.  It’s what I saw that is relevant.  On these two dives, we had a massive oceanic manta ray, a single reef manta ray, 3 dogtooth tuna buzz us that were all 4-5 foot long, dozens of napoleon wrasse, schools of barracuda, schools of bigeye jacks, schools of Bluefin trevally, spawning humphead parrotfish, hawksbill and green turtles, and then when you actually looked closely at the reef you could find lobsters, anemonefish, morays and more species of fish than you can possibly imagine. Those 4 dives on the first day just gave me the single greatest days diving in my life.  I’m not joking, even with 2000 or so dives, I have never ever had a day’s diving like this. That night at dinner I was chatting with the other guests which included some very experienced divers, plus editors of two dive magazines, and everyone was in agreement it’s the best diving day they could recall”.

 

This is David’s recollection of just the first 4 dives at Tubbataha Reef and the article is much longer with more details about the reef itself, its protection and the amazing diving he has done. The full article is available here.

More video's showcasing Tubbataha's natural beauty

Search Youtube and you will find hundreds of videos showcasing the whalesharks, hammerheads sharks, tiger sharks, turtles and manta rays of Tubbataha Reef! We have selected some of our favourites:
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