Underwater at Modessa Island Resort: Photo Essay

Modessa Island Resort

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…

Triggerfish at Modessa Island

Hello there, Mr Triggerfish!

Fish at Modessa Island

Check out the electric blue stripe along its fins

Fish at Modessa Island

Just posing for the camera!

Blue coral at Modessa Island

Colourful coral and fish life to explore

Anemone at Modessa Island

Waiting for the Anemonefish to stop hiding…

Crown of Thorn Starfish at Modessa Island

Not getting too close to the Crown of Thorn Starfish, those thorns are sharp!

Triggerfish at Modessa Island

Another gorgeous Triggerfish

Picasso Triggerfish at Modessa Island

A Picasso Triggerfish gliding through the sea grass in the shallows

Modessa Island

Taking a peak above water!

Lionfish at Modessa Island

A poisonous Lionfish (or Scorpionfish) hiding next to the boat’s anchor

Coral at Modessa Island

Beautiful coral

Razorfish at Modessa Island

No, these aren’t fragments of sea grass, but the elusive Razorfish drifting in the swell

Modessa Island Snorkel

So much coral and colourful fish!

Copperband Butterflyfish at Modessa Island

A Copperband Butterflyfish just swimming around

Bluespotted FIntail Ray at Modessa Island

Take a closer look at that blue tail… its a Bluespotted Fintail Ray hiding underneath the coral!

Modessa Island Snorkel

Just snorkelling around…

Hexagon Groper at Modessa Island

I think this is a juvenile Hexagon Groper

Anemonefish at Modessa Island

Anemonefish saying hi!

Clam at Modessa Island

The clams were so brightly coloured

Butterflyfish at Modessa Island

More Butterflyfish just gliding around

Sea Urchin at Modessa Island

Watch out for the spines of this sea urchin…

Coral garden at Modessa Island

Beautiful coral gardens next to the drop off to deeper water

Clams and Coral at Modessa Island

Colourful clams and soft coral waving in the swell

Modessa Island Snorkel

So many fish!

Clownfish at Modessa Island

Wow, check out these gorgeous Clownfish!

Clams at Modessa Island

Try and count the clams in amongst this coral bommy

Modessa Island Snorkel

So many amazing hours spent snorkelling at Modessa Island – would love to return!

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Modessa Island Philippines

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    Diving Cyprus
    October 1, 2019 at 1:17 am

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