February means the Tubbataha National Park is re-opening its doors, much to the delight of anxious divers that have been waiting for this since last June. Due to weather conditions, the park is only accessible by liveaboard from mid-February to mid-June and its remoteness provides a haven for larger pelagics and big fish schools.
Being a Marine Protected Area (which means among other things no fishing), a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993 and a nominee to be one of the 7 wonders of Nature in 2008, the Tubbataha Reefs National Park is without doubt one of the best places to scuba dive in the world and one of the “must see” diving destinations among divers.
All these titles won’t be enough to describe just how beautiful diving in Tubbataha really is! 360 coral species, 600 different types of fish, 222 species of marine mammals, 11 different shark species, 19 species of rays and 13 whale and dolphin species!!! Not bad considering that many of these animals are considered endangered!
In past seasons Philippine Siren liveaboard guests have seen white tip, grey reef sharks, turtles, schools of trevally, barracuda and snapper on each single dive!!! For the rest of the dives, our past trip reports recorded sightings of mantas, marble rays, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, parrot fish, dog tooth tuna, whale sharks, tiger sharks, nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, and silver tips. Some lucky divers even encountered a thresher shark at Jessie Beazley Reef!! Not enough? Well, the macro lovers photographed ghost pipefish, frogfish, seahorses and shrimps, all this while surrounded by the stunning corals and huge sea fans that adorn the steep reef walls.
Siren Fleet offers a range of 6-night trips throughout the season, as well as two extended 13-night transfer trips where S/Y Philippine Siren cruises between Cebu and Puerto Princesa that include not only the stunning Tubbataha Reefs, but also the best diving in the Southern Visayas, including the awesome reefs of Apo and Balicasag and for macro lovers needing a fix, the stunning weirdness of Dauin.
For the 2016 Tubbataha season, Philippine Siren is fully booked; however, they still have a few spaces left for 2017. Why not take the chance while the spaces are still there and book it today… Siren Fleet Tubbataha trips sell out very quickly!