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Philippines :: Tubbataha Reef : North Islet - East Face

The whole stretch of this face is excellent for diving. Currents can be changable and fierce, so exploration is not always possible. Probably the best time to dive is at dusk when the fish are feeding. The variety of marine life is staggering.

The dive starts from 15-25m along a sandy bottom covered with corals and descends to greater depths for the sports diver. Almost every type of native reef fish can be found here. The list is endless, but includes damselfish, angelfish, lionfish and scorpionfish. Sea cumcumbers, nudibranches and crinoids are everywhere.

Below 30m, larger fish will be encountered, including trevallies, tuna, barracuda and whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. Manta rays and turtles swim closer to the surface.

Three other sites, all quite close together and approximately 90 km northeast of The North Islet are Calusa, Cavli and Arena Islands. They have average depths of 20m, descending to 50m. All the usual reef fish can be seen, together with larger pelagics.


Depth: 15-70m+

Viz: up to 40m

Currents: can be fierce

Getting there : live-aboard

Best months: Mar-June


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