Tubbataha FAQs


Where is the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park?

Tubbataha Reefs is located in the center of the Sulu Sea between the Island of Palawan and the Visayan islands. The jump off point is the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This city is accessible by daily flights from Manila and flights from Cebu City every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

When is the best time to go to Tubbataha Reefs?

The best time to go to Tubbataha Reefs is during the Philippine Summer season from mid-March to mid June.
Days are hot and dry and sea conditions are at their calmest and clearest.

What are Tubbataha Reef Transition Trips?

Tubbataha Reef Transition 1 is the transition of the ship from Bauan Port, Batangas to Tubbataha .

In Tubbataha Transition Trip 2 the Port of embarkation is Port of Puerto Princesa. Disembarkation will be at the Bauan Port, Batangas.

What is Tubbataha Regular Trip?

Tubbataha Regular Trip starts and ends at Puerto Princesa. All diving is done in the Tubbataha Reefs National Park.

Can you arrange for domestic flights?

Yes we can. However you may get better prices by booking/buying directly through the internet :


Look for Manila or Cebu (if you are coming in via Cebu) RT to Puerto Princesa. DO NOT forget to purchase extra baggage allowance if you are bringing your own gear. Cebu pacific allows only 1 15kg checked in baggage while PAL allows 1 20kg checked in bag.

What time does the boat leave on the day of departure/arrive day of arrival?

Embarkation is between 2 – 4pm in Puerto Princesa Port. Arriving guests are picked up at the Airport and transferred to the ship, assigned a dive crate and checked into their rooms.

They have the whole afternoon at leisure to take in the city attractions, go last minute shopping for toiletries.
A pre- departure briefing will be done during the evening of arrival when guests will be asked to fill out forms and sign waivers, be given boat assignments and informed of dive schedules as well as ship/park safety regulations and procedures.

On the day of arrival, the ship is usually in port by 6 am and guests are disembarked after breakfast . 8 am is the usual disembarkation time but guests who have later flights are free to remain on board until airport transfer time.
Puerto Princesa Airport/ship transfers are included in your package.

Can you arrange for hotel overnights stays in Manila or Puerto Princesa?

Yes, Discovery Fleet will be glad to assist you in your travel plans.

What is included in the Tubbataha Reefs Liveaboard Package?

Accommodations on board, 4 dives per day (except on the last day in Tubbataha), tanks, weights, weight belt, boat, services of a dive professional, roundtrip transfers from Puerto Princesa airport to boat, all meals, and complimentary tea, coffee, juice.

When should I arrive in Puerto Princessa for transition and regular trip?

 Guests can arrive anytime before 4 pm.

What are the taxes or fees not included in the package?

The taxes / fees that are not included in the package is the Tubbataha Reefs Conservation Fees which is USD105/person, airport terminal fees in manila and Puerto Princesa, gear rentals, courses, soda/alcoholic drinks and souvenir items on board.

For those on the transition trip, park fee is at USD175/person.

Do I need a Visa and Passport?

A valid passport is required. Visas are not required for tourists who will  stay no longer than 21 days provided that they have an onward or return journey tickets and do not belong to restricted nationality. For long staying guests visas are required, you can apply at the nearest Philippine consulate in your country of origin.

Who will meet me at the airport?

Upon arrival in the Puerto Princesa Airport please look for members of our Staff holding a Discovery Fleet banner.

What is the weather in Philippines?

The Philippines is a tropical country with an average temperature of 32°C (80°F). March to June is hot and dry (36°C); rains and typhoons abound from July to October; November to February is pleasantly cool ( around 23°C) and dry. In mountainous regions, temperatures dip to about 15°C.

Are tender boats used?
Yes, all of our dives are conducted in small groups from tender boats ensuring quick entry and exit from the water.
Is there night diving?
No night dive.
Should I be an advanced diver?
Not necessarily. All dives begin with a back-roll onto the reef top which is usually around 15 meters. After everyone has trimmed their buoyancy and are comfortable, the dive leader will then bring the group to the drop off and down the wall. Current is usually present in Tubbataha and thus drift diving is the norm. Divers go with the flow of the current and a chaseboat will be ready to pick them up when they surface.
When is check-out time on the vessel?

The check-out time in the vessel is 0800am on the last day.

What wetsuit should I use in diving?
The weather is quite warm during the trip because it is the summer season. A rash guard or 3mm suit is more than adequate.
Are there gear rentals?

Yes we have gear for rent. You may refer to this link for the prices http://discoveryfleet.com/coursesequipment-rentals.

Are there other places I should visit while I am in Puerto Princesa?

we usually encourage our guests to avail of the St Paul subterranean River Tour on the day of arrival FROM Tubbataha and spend an additional night in Puerto Princesa. This is to allow divers to maximize the last day’s dives without violating the NO FLY Period.
The St Paul Subterranean River is also a UNESCO World heritage Site just like Tubbataha.

Where else can I go if I want to extend my holiday in the Philippines?
We highly recommend that you stay an extra day upon arrival in the Puerto princesa and do the underground river tour. We also have affiliated dive resorts in Puerto Galera, Anilao where you can extend your stay.
Does the ship have a satellite phone?

Yes. $10 for the first two minutes. $5 for every succeeding min or a fraction thereof.

Where is the nearest recompression chamber?
The nearest Recompression chamber is in Cebu City.

If you have any question, don't hesitate to contact us.

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