30th Anniversary Party


We spent a whole week ringing in 30 years of diving Yap, tourism in Yap and being a family at Manta Ray Bay, staff and guests enjoyed the big celebration in proper Acker fashion.

Check out our 30th anniversary party photo album on facebook!

7T8A0195The official celebration was kicked off in the hotel lobby with all attending guests as well as a host of people from the local community, including the State Governor, who all were present to acknowledge what the Ackers have done in Yap for 30 years.

As the champagne flowed, so did the applause and appreciation from divers, professionals in the diving industry, repeat guests as well as friends and family.



Bill gave several speeches during the week giving much credit to his family and staff who have been by his side the entire time.

Long time friends and diving legends, Geri Murphy, Jerry Beaty and Sam Scott were present to dive, party and reminisce about the old days with Bill, family and staff.

The Yap State visitors bureau shared words of appreciation and acknowledgement that credits Bill and Yap Divers for pioneering the diving, and subsequently the tourism industry, as well as a very successful 30 years in Yap.

We all raise our glass to being a family and team at Manta Ray Bay Resort and the people who have lead the business to what it is today.

Here’s to 30 years in business, 30 years of introducing people to Yap’s vibrant culture, 30 years of big animal diving and onto the next chapter.

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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.
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