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Scuba Diving Puerto Princesa

 

Class 1 Philippines Scuba Diving Destination

Scuba Diving around Puerto Princesa is good. Scuba diving out of Puerto Princesa, to the Tubbataha Reef, is awesome.

Puerto Princesa is the jumping off point for scuba diving adventures amongst the coral reef systems that fringe almost the entire length of Palawan’s East coast: from the Balabac Islands in the South to El Nido in the North.

Because Puerto Princesa is close enough to the Equator to be largely untroubled by typhoons and because it suffers little from the pressures of population growth, it offers a safe and rewarding scuba diving experience for scuba divers of all levels of experience.

Scuba Diving Locations Around Puerto Princesa

Scuba Diving around Puerto Princesa is good for the most part, especially for muck divers. There are a wide variety of marine habitats available at various depths. Featured attractions are seahorses in the protected sea grasses and shallow reef systems.

It pays to plan an extended scuba diving vacation around Puerto Princesa because the most exciting scuba diving areas are a good boat ride from the Puerto Princesa city, and you may even choose to spend a couple of days on a nearby island just to take in the full spectrum of marina life on show.

The World’s largest pearl was found in the Palawan Sea, near Brooke's Point, in 1934. Known as either the "Pearl of Lao-Tzu" or "Pearl of Allah", the pearl weighs 14 pounds and is 9 1/2 inches high by 5 1/2 inches in diameter. When removed from the sea it was estimated to be 600 years old.

Tubbataha Reef

Incomparable Tubbataha Reef!

Of all the scuba diving locations within the famed Coral Triangle (encompassing the area from Puerto Galera, Philippines to Indonesia to Borneo), Tubbataha Reef stands out as the most pristine and bountiful, and offers the widest variety of marine life. Tubbataha Reef is a massive sea mount rising in the middle of the Sulu Sea, approximately 150Km southeast of Puerto Princesa city. The Reef lies directly in the path of the big-fish migration route from the Surigao Strait (Pacific Ocean) to the Balabac Strait (West Philippine Sea). Offering visitors 600 fish species, 360 coral species, 11 shark species, 13 dolphin and whale species, plus and 100 bird species. Especially, seasonally: hammerhead sharks, numerous whale species and turtles pass this way, stopping by Tubbataha Reef for lunch or dinner or for long weekends before they continue on their journey.

The Tubbataha Reef system is large and has been designated a Philippine Marine Protected Area (marine habitat and bird habitat); Tubbataha Reef was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is a US$50 entrance fee for ALL visitors to Tubbataha Reef; the entrance fee pays for the management of the Reef, and protection of the Reef from commercial fishing thieves from Indonesia, Malaysia and China that are a constant threat to the marine life and biodiversity in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef.

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Rent Scuba Diving Equipment In Puerto Princesa

Renting Scuba Diving equipment in Puerto Princesa is relatively easy as most beach resorts have a strong attachment to the adjacent ocean for the purpose of diving tourism. There are numerous dive shops and scuba diving enterprises in Puerto Princesa.

To get to Tubbataha Reef you must also rent a boat. Most boats are fully equipped for the long journey to the Reef, with overnight accommodation and full board.

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