30th Anniversary Dive Report


Roll in with Yap’s original dive guide.

Bill hasn’t skipped a beat in the last 30 years and is still showing visitors Yap’s magic in the water.

Daily dives on the big boat, lead by Bill, headed to the Southern Walls, Yap’s best outer reef diving.

Conditions were on our side with calm seas, clear water and exotic marine life interactions.

Drifting the slopes and walls turned up some fun dive guide finds, one of the highlights was mating cuttlefish, and throughout the week the cuttlefish laid her eggs inside finger coral.

These animals stick around and protect their eggs, which make excellent photographic opportunities – cuttlefish that don’t move.

Everyone got a close up interaction for as long as they wanted… and for those of us diving with cameras in our hands, we came home with happy SD cards everyday.

Among these special encounters we were shown ghost pipe fish, scorpion leaf fish in every color, mantis shrimp, tuna strafing the reef, feeding grouper, most of the reef fish id book, sharks getting cleaned, turtles, nudi’s as well as pilot whales resting on the surface from the boat.

cf Yap Caverns, Magic Kingdom, Buenavista and Cabbage Patch appeared in everyone’s dive logs on Bill’s south boat trips.

Vertigo was a daily attraction for the smaller boats and the week’s shark diving culminated with a shark feed dive, something not to miss in Yap – one of Micronesia’s best shark shows.

The diving was special for several people, Geri Murphy has been diving and photographing Yap since the beginning, who said during the event “Yap looks better than ever.”

Since the days of Yap’s mantas gracing the covers of Skin Diver magazine, to today, Geri has always loved Yap for the diving diversity, amount of fish and the big animals that interact within inches of divers.

Yap diving has shined for 30 years with daily big animal dives, rich outer reef walls, channels and dive guides showing us the whole food chain underwater.


dan As things progress and new management assumes day-to-day responsibilities of running the business, Bill has more time to take guests diving, mingle in the pool and talk it up at the Crow’s Nest bar.

These days you’ll see more of ‘the Manta Man’ with his mantas, rather than his keyboard.

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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
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.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
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