Scuba Diving with Rare & Endangered Sea Turtles in Tubbataha

Tubbataha’s Sea Turtles: Diving with Palawan’s Hawksbills & Greens



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A collection of underwater photos with rare and endangered sea turtles from an expedition to Tubbataha, Palawan’s UNESCO World Heritage Reef.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    On most dives in Tubbataha we came across sea turtles like this green turtle.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    This rare hawksbill sea turtle swam below me on one of the deepest dives we did at Tubbataha. Below thirty meters (about 90 feet), all the colors except blue are filtered out so that's why this shot looks like it does.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    We came across this hawksbill sea turtle munching coral in a beautiful underwater garden of hard coral species. Angelique is in the background of this shot.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Love the way sea turtles always look like they're flying when photographed underwater.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Here's another angle of Angelique with the hawksbill turtle from the previous photo.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    This hawksbill was resting behind a stinging coral so I didn't want to get much closer.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    We found this green turtle in the shallow water of this nice section of Tubbataha's reef.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    You can see how this hawksbill turtle's shell really blends in with the branching corals here.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Heading for the deepest blue of Tubbataha.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Some sea turtles start to grow algae on the backs of their shells as they get older.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Another hawksbill sea turtle swims by while we're diving Tubbataha.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    Close up portrait of a hawksbill turtle from Tubbataha.

  • Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha

    Underwater Photo Gallery: Diving with Turtles in Tubbataha
    When you run into a turtle that's up against one of Tubbataha's deep wall dives it doesn't have much choice but to swim directly at you.


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