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You see that cover photo of a girl in a dive suit? That’s me!

I’m honored to share my story about diving in the Tubbataha Reefs, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tubbataha is, borrowing the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “charged with the grandeur of God.

Here’s a snippet from my essay (the first of six parts), Close Encounters of the Wild Kind.

Like any other diver, I have the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park on my bucket list. On this sunny April afternoon, I am about to tick this item off my list.

Tubbataha means, in the Samal dialect, “long exposed reef at low tide,” embracing 33,200 hectares of coral colony and manifold marine life within the Coral Triangle shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines—enjoying the highest fish biomass in the country and the highest marine species diversity in the world. So unparalleled and universally valuable is its biodiversity that Tubbataha was declared the Philippines’ first national marine park in 1988. Five years later, the Tubbataha Reefs was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving this marine frontier and its rich species for future generations. In April 2012, it ranked eighth among the world’s best dive sites listed by the CNN travel news website, CNNGo.com.

Read more at OSM.

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