Manta Ray Bay Video Gallery - Manta Rays & Diving
Aside from the big attractions such as the mantas, sharks, and fish in clear water, Yap's "critters" were first pointed out by the late Larry Smith, a pioneer critter specialist.
Many species of sharks inhabit the waters around Yap. Unlike other regions, you can see sharks on just about every dive. Yap Divers has organized shark dives to put you in position to get up close photos of these beautiful creatures.
Where in the world can you find 200 foot plus underwater visibility? Is there a destination you can target to experience a shark filled wall dive? A place where mantas fly overhead like aircraft?
Yap, Micronesia has all the above attractions
plus a romantic, indigenous Yapese culture inhabits the island. Here shoals of colorful fish swim in the clear waters that bathe the reefs. Sharks and Mantas get the hoopla, but the diversity of the fishes is impressive as this video suggests.
Yap visitors often split their time between Yap and other destinations. Most times they come to Yap outside of the best diving season. Divers see mantas year around, but for the best conditions the "summer equinox" provides optimum conditions without any crowding at the key dive sites. From May thru October turns out to be the ideal time to visit Yap. This program was filmed in July of 2005.
This documentary w/o narration highlights an expedition to Yap for a few weeks in August 2008. Yap is world's best location for Mantas, a high voltage Shark dive, fish watching and seeing the ornate and colorful mandarine fish doing their mating dance at dusk.
"Wonders of Yap" is 26 minutes long and comes in 3 parts. Hover over the bottom to skip to part 2 or 3. Produced by the Manta Bay Resort and Manta Visions this film has footage of countless species, and beautiful tropical reefs. Get some popcorn, click on HQ, full screen it, kick your feet up and enjoy!