SCUBA DIVING IN TUBBATAHA REEFS
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE
Cebu Mactan International Airport
Puerto Princesa Airport
Puerto Princesa Airport
How To Get From Singapore to Tubbataha Reefs Palawan
Puerto Princesa is a coastal city on Palawan Island in the western Philippines. It’s a base for boat trips through the massive limestone caves and underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles and rays. Close to the port is the 19th-century Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral.
Measuring 99,600 hectares in size, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is made up of 2 atolls rising in the middle of the Sulu Sea. A Study by Conservation International has confirmed what Scientists long theorized, that it is the nursery for fish and coral larvae that populates the Sulu-Sulawesi Triangle – an area that not only covers the most important and productive fishing grounds of the Philippines but extends as far south as Malaysia and Indonesia.
So important is this submerged structure in the balance of the underwater eco- system that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site as far back as 1993. In 1998, Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, a keen diver himself, created Task Force Tubbataha and a station equipped with radar and manned by zealous rangers was established and now guards the park 24/7.
Several factors are responsible for the almost virgin conditions of this underwater jewel. The convergence of currents constantly brings in a barrage of the nutrients and clean water a healthy reef and its inhabitants demand. Being the largest and almost lone structure in the middle of a vast expanse of ocean guarantees a healthy influx of pelagic visitors looking for a meal and other services an underwater community provides.
Being almost a hundred nautical miles from the nearest port, access is only through Live-aboard vessels and voyages to the park are determined by the weather. A small window-from late March to early June when calm seas and clear skies are the best and only times for divers to visit. The strong winds and rough swells the rest of the year deters both authorized and un-authorized incursions into the park and permits the reef to settle back into its natural state of regeneration.
The City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Philippines is located 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila, 205 nautical miles from Panay and about 250 nautical miles from Zamboanga. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of San Vicente and Roxas and on the the South by the Municipality of Aborlan. Its western side faces the South China Sea while in its eastern coast lays the Sulu SeaPuerto Princesa City has a total land area of 253,982 hectares making it the largest City in the country.The City is comprised of 35 urban barangays and 31 rural barangays. The total area of the urban barangays is 14,716 hectares or only 5.7941% of the total land area of the City. The largest land area of the City is comprised of the rural barangays with a total land area 239,266 hectares or 94.2059% of the total land area of the City.
People and Culture
Waves of migrants from other Philippine provinces, and even other countries, have turned Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of various cultures. Among the original inhabitants are the Cuyunons who posses a rich legacy of folklores and traditions. Indigenous groups include the Tagbanuas and the Bataks, each group with its distinct culture and system of beliefs.
Total inhabitants number about 161,912 (as of May, 2000), Three fourth of the population resides in the city proper, an urban settlement on the shores of Puerto Princesa Bay. While the predominant local tongue is Cuyuno, Tagalog, Visayan, as well as English are widely spoken.
SOLITUDE ONE LIVEABOARD
THE PREFERRED WAY TO DIVE TUBBATAHA REEFS
About Solitude One Liveaboard
Originally rebuilt from a 52metre (171ft) steel hulled merchant vessel, MV Solitude One underwent a complete makeover from her initial form to define new standards in hospitality and diving. With clients’ comfort in mind, she was purpose‐built to incorporate smart designs, functionality and comforts close to home, with the ever subtle touch of luxury.
Solitude Liveaboard’s definition of luxury begins with its design, creating purposeful and functional spaces for rest and play. Her dive deck and boat deck space can also be easily modified to reconfigure for major exploration expeditions, while still providing the exploration team members the luxury of modern home comforts.
Every guest on board will be cared for by well‐trained staff who address guests by name, anticipate individual needs, and appear only when needed, allowing them the privacy of “a home away from home”.
Solitude Liveaboards redefines quality service and professionalism in diving hospitality. Recently refurbished, flagship MV Solitude One incorporates the latest on‐board technologies for safety and diving, whilst on board crew pamper to your senses and indulgence.
The Solitude One Liveaboard has 10 beautifully designed cabins, each with individual climate controlled air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen LCD TV with USB, and many other home comforts such as hair dryers and bath robes. For relaxation aboard the Solitude One Liveaboard you can choose between the lounge with plush comfy chairs or the beautiful sun deck where you can watch dolphins breaking the surface. The Solitude One Liveaboard Chefs take your dining experience seriously, and divers will be satisfied by the choice of cuisine and snacks available throughout the day.
|Room Type||State Room|
|Deluxe Double Sharing|
|Deluxe Twin Sharing|
- Leisure Deck
- Shaded diving deck
- Camera Station
- Daily housekeeping
- Onboard kayaks
- Audio & video entertainment
- TV in cabins
- Air Conditioned saloon
- Aircon Cabins
- Sun Deck
- Indoor Saloon
- Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
- Warm Water Showers
- Photography Station
- Outdoor Dining
- Separate rinse for u/w camera
- Camera room with table and charging point
- Custom built for diving
- Hot Tub
- Charging stations
- Paid Internet