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#1 peterbkk

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:24 AM

Hi Guys,

 

Here is my latest work, a mini documentary on the Tubbataha Reefs in the Philippines.

 

Warning: If you haven't been there, this video may cause you to instantly whip out your credit card and book a trip for next season.

 

Tubbataha reminded my of Sipadan back in the good ol' days.  Maybe even better.  Fantastic diversity, huge schools, sharks and turtles everywhere, pristine corals and, on some days, visibility up to 100 meters!

 

It's remoteness and short season helps but the Philippine government is doing a good job policing the park's "zero take" policies.

 

Enjoy: 

 

http://www.peterwalk.../tubbataha.html

 

Regards

Peter



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:46 AM

You're right - you've sold me.  It looks beautiful.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:15 AM

Nicely done!  Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

nice film does make u want to go there!



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:20 AM

Great video, I was on Palau Sports last year and can not say enough of the wonderful time I had.  

Well done!!

 

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:41 AM

Thanks for sharing , very nice !

Conditions looks awesome ! , which time of the year you went ?

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 05:12 PM

Conditions looks awesome ! , which time of the year you went ?

 

 

It was the last week of May, right in the peak of the season.

 

Tubbataha Reefs are only open for 3 months from Mid-March to mid-June.  Mainly for weather reasons.  The reefs are 150km from the nearest shelter.  There is no shelter at the reefs.  And typhoons do pass through to the north, with the occasional one running right across the reefs.  Believe me, you wouldn't want to be out there in a storm.

 

But, also for conservation, they want to limit human impact.  Access is tightly managed and controlled, with only a few boats being licensed each season.   The rangers, who live there year-round in a storm-shelter, do a great job, patrolling the reefs, armed with M16 rifles, chasing away cunning fishermen.  Before the dive boat leaves the harbour, volunteers from the National Parks come on board to explain the rules and encourage good diver behaviour.  Having seen Marine parks all over Southeast Asia, and having a passion for improving them*, I was suitably impressed by what the Philippines is doing at Tubbataha.

 

For more information: http://tubbatahareef.org

 

http://www.peterwalk...arineparks.html

 

Regards

Peter







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