Named for the unpredictable currents which sometimes change direction in the middle of a dive, the Washing Machine is located at the exposed northeastern edge of Tubbataha.
Known for having some of the best visibility of any dive site within the Marine Park, this dive site is home to grey reef sharks and an amazing diversity of tropical coral reef fish.
Named for the remains of a small ship which sank at the southeastern edge of South Atoll, this dive is known for sightings of big fish.
When the current is running, grey reef sharks are often found hunting schools of fish feeding within ‘The Cut’—a 30m meter deep by 20m wide crevasse in the coral. Recent sightings have even included a tiger shark.
Known as one of Tubbataha’s most fertile dive sites, the Shark Airport is made up of a wide plateau at 15 m dropping off to a shelf at 25 m.
This dive site, found on the North Atoll, is one of the best places for spotting a variety of marine life. Endangered sea turtles can be seen here, along with white-tip reef sharks and plenty of different corals. This relatively shallow site is also popular for night dives, during which you may get the chance to see eels, different types of pufferfish, and other nocturnal creatures.
Endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles can often be found searching the sunny shallows in search of corals to munch on while whitetip sharks cruise the sloping dropoff.
It is no surprise that the Tubbataha Reefs National Park is so popular, thanks to the variety of dive sites that are available. Even wreck divers can get their fill here.
The Malayan Wreck is also located on the North Atoll, but offers something a little different. Here, you can explore the wreck that is home to a few different fish species. The maximum depth of the wreck is 125 feet or 35 meters.
Divers can expect to find the smaller macro marine life here like nudibranchs, seahorses but don’t be surprised if you run into a white tip reef shark too. Beware of the currents, though, and only make this dive if you are an advanced open water diver.
It is a popular site in the South Atoll where you can have a nice, easy and relaxing dive. Your entry point will usually start on a sandy slope that leads to a massive bed of staghorn corals.
As the name suggests, this reef in the southern atoll is known for the aggressive triggerfish. But do not worry, they are only aggressive when guarding their eggs and if you create enough space between their presence.
While the Tubbataha reef seems to be the perfect dive site, there is one downside in this offshore reef: it is only accessible from March to June where the seas are calm while the rest of the months has a prevailing bad weather condition.
Amos Rock, or Southwest Rock, a popular dive site on the North Atoll of Tubbataha featuring various types of beautiful corals and massive gorgonian fans and large fish, such as snappers, mackerels and groupers, and the fascinating Napoleon wrasses. Various reef sharks are also commonly seen here and the night diving at this site offers great macro opportunities.
It is a nice site, which starts with a gentle slope covered in exotic coral and ends with a nice wall. Sharks can be seen here, as well as rays, turtles, and mackerel. The amount of coral makes sure we also see many smaller inhabitants such as surgeonfish, fusiliers, and angelfish. This region is only accessible by liveaboards, which also allows you to do many night dives in this area.
One of the most popular coral reef wall dives within the Tubbataha park, ‘Wall Street’ is a sheer wall dive plunging deep into the blue of the Sulu Sea. Notable sightings at the ‘Wall Street’ dive include Napoleon Wrasse and black saddle coral grouper. Lucky divers have even spotted a whale shark here.
Wall Street is a dive site located in North Attoll.
Located at the northeast corner of Tubbataha’s South Atoll, the Black Rock plateau slopes gently from 15 to 25 m in depth. Whitetip sharks can often be seen sleeping on the seabed or cruising in search of prey with bluefin trevally in tandem.
This dive is also known for sightings of 2 titan triggerfish which can often be found at the start of the dive.
Black Rock is a dive site found on the South Atoll of Tubbataha Reefs National Park. You can follow the steep wall and see what marine life you encounter, but this site is not really known for its corals. Instead, you can wait for the sharks, particularly the white-tip reef sharks, to come out, as well as manta rays and the huge Napoleon wrasses.