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Philippines :: Tubbataha Reef : Bird Island

Situated on the north face of the north atoll, the wall starts in 5-8m of water. Fissures and crevices lead into it where nurse and leopard sharks can be found resting. Small manta rays, lagoon and eagle rays, together with flounders and turtles have all been seen around these parts.

The wall has huge gorgonians, barrel sponges and soft corals. Blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks can normally be seen as well snappers, surgeonfish, groupers, Moorish idols and jacks. Large manta rays are common and pelagics are here all the time.

The wall itself drops steeply to depths that are normally unreachable. Currents are changeable and can sometimes be fierce, so it's not a good idea to dive in bad conditions.


Depth: 5-60m+

Viz: up to 40m

Currents: can be fierce

Getting there : live-aboard

Best months: Mar-June



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