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Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef Quick Facts:

  • A two atoll coral reef system located in the Sulu Sea
  • Smaller atoll is 3 miles (5 km long) and 3 km wide
  • Larger atoll is 10 miles (16 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide
  • Name combined from two words which mean "long reef exposed at low tide"


Tubbataha Reef is a two atoll coral reef system. The name is derived from two words which collectively mean "long reef exposed at low tide." The atolls and reef system are located in the Sulu Sea off the coast of the Philippines.

The smaller of the Tubbataha Reef atolls is 3 miles (5 km) long and 3 km wide) with the larger measuring 10 miles (16 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide.

The atolls and Tubbataha Reef are a sanctuary for more than 1,000 species. Visitors will find manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks. There are 300 coral species, 400 fish species, and numerous bird life.

The Tubbataha Reef is part of the Tubbataha National Marine Park which encompasses 239,000 acres (968.24 sq km). The reefs and atolls are guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Best way to see and experience the Tubbataha Reef

More will follow on the Tubbataha Reef as it is declared an official or notable wonder of Asia.