Diving Yap, Micronesia

Yap is best-known for it’s resident manta ray presence, clear blue water diving and a strong reef shark population.

With almost 100 miles of barrier reef, several big channels and lagoon sites, there is one of everything here to explore – miles of outer reef wall diving, deep and shallow channels to drift as well as inner lagoon macro and night diving.

Highlights of Yap Diving are the mantas, daily year-round reef shark diving with three kinds of interactions, nightly mating manderinfish as well as rich coral walls and caverns.

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The best way to dive Yap is to know what you want to come for and setup your trip during the best season for it – if it’s mantas, then winter time and early spring is the window of most activity.

Yap Dive Sites

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Millenium Gardens Manta Ray Bay Hotel and Yap Divers Lionfish Wall Yap Caverns Kurrekurredutt Dropoff Cherry Blossom Wall Big Bend Cabbage Patch Spanish Wall Magic Kingdom Gilmaan Wall Eagle's Nest Yap Trench End of the Land Aliko Reef Fan Dancer Crescent Reef Telegraph Reef O'Keef's Passage Sakura Terrace Stonehenge Peelaek Channel Lighthouse Pass Paaw Reef Gapow Reef Goofnuw Mini Wall Valley of the Rays Tradewind Mini Wall Sunrise Reef Manta Ridge Manta Ray Bay Yap Corner Hunter's Bank Seamount Vertigo Mi'l Channel Rainbow Reef Slow & Easy

Yap Sharks at “Vertigo”

World Class shark diving, every day…

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The one thing that is guaranteed in Yap is “Vertigo” with its local school of un-shy Grey and Black Tip reef sharks. This is a true year-round rain or shine dive, Yap sharks are always home at Vertigo.

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Grey, black and white tip reef sharks will most likely be in every dive log entry, with the exception of one of the manta ray cleaning stations – almost all diving includes shark encounters and interactions.

On several occasions bigger species are sited along the Southern walls, including Tiger, Silky and Silvertips.

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Critters, Macro and More…

Every sunset the reef’s most colorful fish mate

manderinYap’s big animal diving is complimented with diverse reef life, and especially a smaller side, critter diving.

Critter diving can be in a day’s dive plan year-round. We have both inner lagoon macro dive sites as well as outer reef macro diving.

Photographers are pleased with the quality of Yap’s subjects and shooting environments.

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Other typical marine life encounters include turtles, cuttlefish, eagle rays and big fish.

Yap’s barrier reef consists of hundreds of types of hard coral and where the currents hit you’ll find a living mixture of whips, sponges and blooming soft corals.

All of this is enjoyed in small 6-8 pax fully-equipped twin-engine dive boats in small groups with veteran dive guides.

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Availability & Reservations

Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
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