When I stumbled across Modessa Island Resort while looking for accommodation options in Palawan, Philippines, I knew I’d come across something special. A tiny island (officially called Reef Island) with just a small rustic resort, less than an hour’s boat ride from Roxas on the main island, surrounded by white sandy beaches and great coral for snorkelling – what’s not to love? And while the weather late in the rainy season meant the conditions weren’t ever 100% perfect for snorkelling (varying from cloudy with rain, to sunny with swell, then not the best visibility), it was still amazing, as these photos attest…
Hello there, Mr Triggerfish!
Check out the electric blue stripe along its fins
Just posing for the camera!
Colourful coral and fish life to explore
Waiting for the Anemonefish to stop hiding…
Not getting too close to the Crown of Thorn Starfish, those thorns are sharp!
Another gorgeous Triggerfish
A Picasso Triggerfish gliding through the sea grass in the shallows
Taking a peak above water!
A poisonous Lionfish (or Scorpionfish) hiding next to the boat’s anchor
No, these aren’t fragments of sea grass, but the elusive Razorfish drifting in the swell
So much coral and colourful fish!
A Copperband Butterflyfish just swimming around
Take a closer look at that blue tail… its a Bluespotted Fintail Ray hiding underneath the coral!
Just snorkelling around…
I think this is a juvenile Hexagon Groper
Anemonefish saying hi!
The clams were so brightly coloured
More Butterflyfish just gliding around
Watch out for the spines of this sea urchin…
Beautiful coral gardens next to the drop off to deeper water
Colourful clams and soft coral waving in the swell
So many fish!
Wow, check out these gorgeous Clownfish!
Try and count the clams in amongst this coral bommy
So many amazing hours spent snorkelling at Modessa Island – would love to return!