Fantastic corals, beautiful fish, great walls. Most amazing trip

Stuart Nettleton

Tubbataha

Tubbataha (pronounced too-bah-ta-hah) National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and is comprised of just 3 coral atolls that rise from the ocean floor 100 miles east of Palawan and Puerto Princesa. To say the diving here is something that has to be seen to be believed is an understatement. Surrounded by deep cerulean blue seas, the atolls of Tubbataha break the surface of the sea by only a few inches. And it’s what surrounds these atolls that will amaze you. 

Accessible only by dive liveaboard, this preserved area of extreme biodiversity is protected and nurtures future generations. 

  • Dive areas:  North Tubbataha, South Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley atolls
  • Sample dive sites:  Shark Airport, Ranger Station, Delsan Wreck, Blackrock, Wall Street, Malayan Wreck 
  • Number of dives:  Up to 19
  • Highlights:  Clear water, pelagics, vibrant marine life, hundreds of corals
  • Reefs: Soft and hard corals, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns
  • Skill level:  Experienced open water divers (minimum 30 dives) or advanced certificate recommended, day diving only due to currents
  • When to go:  Mid-March to mid-June
  • Water temperature:  80-86F, 26–30C

Mindoro Strait

The Mindoro Strait lies south of Batangas, Philippines and connects the South China Sea with the Sulu Sea and separates Mindoro Island from Busuanga Island. Between the two islands is Apo Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Philippines.

  • Dive areas:  Apo Reef, the Puerto Galera, Verde Island 
  • Sample dive sites:  Manila Channel, Giant Clam, Sabang Point, Monkey Beach, Canyons, Pink Wall
  • Number of dives:  Up to 21
  • Highlights:  Walls, reefs, muck diving, drift diving and prolific life
  • Reefs:  Soft and hard corals, sloping reefs, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns
  • Skill level:  Experienced open water divers (minimum 30 dives) or advanced certification recommended
  • When to go:  October to February
  • Water temperature:  75-81F, 24-27C

Apo-Tubbataha Repositioning Trip

This is an opportunity to dive the best of both worlds. Limited repositioning trips are offered throughout the year as All Star Indonesia moves seasonally to access the best diving under the best conditions. Travelers on these itineraries can dive legendary Tubbataha National Marina Park as well as the protected Apo Reef.

  • Dive areas: South Tubbataha, North Tubbataha, Cuyo Island, Santa Filomena Shoal, Apo Reef
  • Number of dives:  Up to 21
  • Highlights:  Sharks, whale sharks, macro life
  • Reefs:  Soft and hard corals, sloping reefs, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns
  • Skill level:  Experienced open water divers (minimum 30 dives) or advanced certification recommended
  • When to go:  June or March
  • Water temperature:  80-86F, 26–30C