The Best of Tubbataha & Anilao
Tubbataha Reef National Park, situated 90 miles from the nearest land, rises 2,500 feet from the depths of the Sulu Sea and is a sanctuary to a stunning array of wildlife. Established over 25 years ago, and declared a World Heritage Site in 1993, the park is guarded year round by a team of rangers permanently stationed there and is home to an astonishing array of marine life and seabirds. The diving is rich, diverse and exciting; there are v
ertical walls adorned with huge barrel sponges and sea fans, sloping reefs and colourful wrecks, and a huge variety of marine life, ranging from pygmy seahorses and harlequin shrimp, to hammerheads and manta rays!
A vast 4 mile wide channel separates the two coral atolls of Tubbataha Reef. With over 300 species of coral, 614 species of fish, 12 species of whale and dolphin and 11 species of shark, the Tubbataha Reef system is a must for the enthusiastic diver! Eagle rays, jacks and dogtooth tuna cruise up and down the reefs and above water the skies teem with seabirds, including masked red-footed boobies, terns and frigate birds. The atolls are also a vital reserve to the thousands of green and hawksbill turtles that come here each year to nest.
Tubbataha is a nature lover’s dream and a photographers paradise. The Tubbataha Reef National Park is accessible for divers for just four months of the year, between March and June. Conditions at that time are usually fantastic and the diving is superb.
Anilao is hailed as one of the most diverse destinations in the Philippines for diving and caters to divers of all levels. From rare muck diving critters to reef walls teeming with life, and the Centre of Biodiversity in the Philippines, Verde Island, only a boat ride away.
Anilao began creating waves as a world-class scuba diving destination due to the plethora of nudibranchs and is often dubbed ‘The Nudibranch Capital of the World’
In recent times, the surge in popularity in Blackwater diving and Bonfire diving has brought a lot of attention to Anilao due to the frequently seen rare critters, such as the Blanket Octopus, Juvenile Wonderpus and so much more.
Requirements for Travel:
· Medical diving insurance, such as DAN or DiveAssure, is required. Prior to departure, you will need your insurance identification number.
· Valid passport is required and must be valid for at least 6 months after return date. You must have a blank full visa page available for visa stamp.
Upgrades: Rebreather Supplies, In-room Massages, etc. (just ask!)
FOR MORE INFO ON THIS TRIP AND OTHERS:
CALL FLORIDA UNDERWATER SPORTS
@ (941) 870-4461
$5,675 (Master, 1 Avail) or $5,205 Deluxe
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Occ Avail on Land Portion (+$400)
· 6 Nights Aboard Solitude ONE in Tubbataha
· 5 Nights Solitude Acacia Resort
· 2-4 dives/day(except transfer day)
· All meals & snacks
· Non-alcoholic beverages
· Marine ID presentations
· Port fees
· Linens and towels
· Photo Seminars from Stacy Groff Throughout the Trip
· Airport Transfers
· Diving Equipment
· Departure taxes
· Rebreather supplies
· Lodging before/after trip
· Travel Insurance
The Boat: The Solitude One Liveaboard is a beautiful 165 feet ex-merchant vessel. With 10 beautifully designed cabins, each with individual climate controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. For relaxation aboard the Solitude One Liveaboard, you can choose between the lounge with plush comfy chairs or the beautiful sun deck where you can watch dolphins breaking the surface. The Solitude One Liveaboard Chefs take your dining experience seriously, and divers will be satisfied by the choice of cuisine and snacks available throughout the day.
The Resort: Acacia Resort and Dive Center is located in the middle of the Mabini-Tingloy Peninsula, north of Puerto Galera and West of the Verde Island Passage. This area is also more commonly referred to as simply Anilao, renowned for its spectacular diving with most of the popular dive sites in the area accessible via the local boats (bangka) in 30 minutes or less. The rooms and facilities of this small dive-dedicated resort are built around a century-old Acacia tree that sits in the middle of the resort, shading the restaurant and pool area. At Solitude Acacia Resort, the staff will take care of your any need from diving arrangements to special food requests to make sure you get to focus on what you came to Anilao for--- diving.