Tubbataha FAQs


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Yes, all of our dives are conducted in small groups from tender boats ensuring quick entry and exit from the water.

No night dive.

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.

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

The weather is quite warm during the trip because it is the summer season. A rash guard or 3mm suit is more than adequate.

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

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.

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.

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

The nearest Recompression chamber is in Cebu City.

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