Tubbataha: A Diver's Dream

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Blue Planet Scuba
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May 20 - 27, 2023
Group size: 22 - 22
Tubbataha: A Diver's Dream
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Blue Planet Scuba
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88 reviews

May 20 - 27, 2023
Group size: 22 - 22

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a week of incredible diving as we explore the remote Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, one of Asia's best dive spots, from the Philippines Aggressor. 


Tubbataha Reef is located in the Sulu Sea, at the center of the Coral Triangle between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Rarely visited by tourists due to its location and its status as a marine preserve, Tubbataha is quite simply one of Asia's best diving spots and on the 'wish list' for most avid divers. It is home to no less than 573 species of fish, 373 species of corals, 11 species of sharks, 12 species of dolphins and whales, nestling hawksbill and green sea turtles. 

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver with 50 dives, most of which should be ocean dives from a boat. PADI Enriched Air/Nitrox certification required.

You’ll be diving in water that averages 80-85°F. Since we'll be doing as many as 3-4 dives each day, so some sort of protection is needed; a 3mm wetsuit should be comfortable and adequate. Due to swift currents in some of the locations, we suggest bringing safety items such as a Dive Alert, safety sausage, Life Line and any other safety items you feel necessary. Dive computers are mandatory. If you are diving DIN, you will need to bring an adaptor as the yacht has a limited number onboard. Most diving in the Philippines is drift diving so you should be comfortable with current. 

All dives are made from the 20’ custom-built high speed zodiacs capable of carrying 12 divers for quick access to even the most remote dive sites. The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy exits and entries. The tenders return to the mother ships after each dive. Each diver has her own tank rack, locker and spacious seating area. Night diving is not allowed in Tubbataha.

The Philippines Aggressor

The Philippines Aggressor is 135 feet long with a 28.5 foot beam, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. There is a beautiful spacious salon, sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar and grill. The yacht is diesel powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 220V and 110V power onboard.

Comfortable accommodations for 24 guests include 12 spacious staterooms, with 5 on the lower deck, 4 on the main deck and 3 balcony suites on the upper deck. All have a private bathroom and shower. Each stateroom has ample storage and individual climate controls. Staterooms have a safe aboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to secure.

There is a variety of nightly entertainment including fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. A small library of books for exchange is maintained onboard as well as fish identification books for reference.

Breakfast (cooked to order), lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. 


Plan to fly into Puerto Princesa by Friday, May 19 and overnight in one of the two host hotels. We will be picked up Saturday afternoon and transferred to the port where we will board the yacht. Everyone must be on board by 6 PM. We will checkout at 8 AM on Saturday, May 27 and transfer back to the Puerto Princesa airport or the host hotels. Please contact the shop before booking any flights or hotels.

Interested in extending your trip? We’re happy to help you plan land-based excursions in the Philippines before and after the liveaboard.

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $300 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 

Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodations
    Double occupancy sharing a stateroom
  • Up to 4 dives a day
    On non-crossing days
  • All meals and beverages
    All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine (except final night onboard)
  • Local transfers
    From airport or host hotel to the vessel
  • Park and port fees
    $150 USD
  • Fuel surcharge
    $200 USD
  • Local hotel
    Night before the yacht departs
  • Flights
    International and domestic flights
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    For Nitrox certified divers
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Deluxe Lower Cabin
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Staterooms 1 & 4 have 2 single side-by-side beds and rooms 2, 3 & 5 have a side-by-side single bed and a double bed with a circular window. All rooms have private bathrooms with shower, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer. 

Deposit: $1,000
Deluxe Main Deck
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A comfortable stateroom with 2 single side-by-side beds with a panoramic window and a private bathroom & shower. All with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

Deposit: $1,000
Balcony Suite
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A comfortable stateroom with king bed or 2 single beds. The suites have a private balcony, panoramic window, private bathroom and shower. Each with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

Deposit: $1,000


Saturday, May 20
Transfer to the Philippines Aggressor

You should plan to arrive in Puerto Princesa by Friday, May 19 and stay overnight at one of the two host hotels, just to make sure both you and your bags make it on time! On Saturday afternoon, we will transfer to the port where we will board the yacht and depart for Tubbataha (a 12-15 hour crossing).

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


What an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime trip. After a day of travel to this off-the-grid location we were rewarded with remarkable diving, charming accommodations, delicious food, and great company. Blue Planet made the travel easy. I will eagerly sign up if and when this trip comes around again!!
By Gib H for Cold Water Wonders at God's Pocket Resort on 29 Sep, 2022
It was a pleasure diving with you, Gib, and we are happy we all got to share this amazing experience together! Definitely looking forward to the next one.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Sep, 2022
Great trip. Blue Planet did a fantastic job hosting it. I'll certainly be going back with them again.
By John C for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 26 Sep, 2022
Had a great time with Blue Planet, again!. Third time to Bonaire and Buddy Dive with them and it was excellent. Great boat and shore diving, dive buddies, food and drink, comradery. Hope to go their a fourth time!
By Stephen M for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 22 Sep, 2022
Thanks so much, Stephen! We're so glad you could join us there again and introduce the newer folks to Bonaire's fantastic shore diving. We hope you'll join us for a fourth time too! :-)
By Blue Planet Scuba on 22 Sep, 2022
Another amazing adventure with Blue Planet! Wonderful people, great diving and good food! Loved adding Bali on as a pre-trip!
By Lauren R for Explore Komodo from the All Star Aurora on 02 Aug, 2022
Thank you so much, Lauren! It was fantastic to dive with you again and explore Bali and Komodo together. Looking forward to the next adventure with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 02 Aug, 2022
Fantastic trip, amazing diving at a lovely resort with experienced dive masters and crew, attentive staff and great food. Jonas and Heather provided excellent support. I did 34 dives, including five night dives and two trips to Apo Island. Saw astonishing critters, including blue ring octopus, wonderpus, minuscule frog fish, sea turtles, nudibranchs of every color, a large pufferfish trapped inside an anemone, mating mandarin fish, so much.
By yvonne t for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 18 Jun, 2022
Thanks so much, Yvonne! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip. It truly is critter paradise, isn't it?!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Jun, 2022
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