A visit by Walti, Yap Divers’ first guest ever

“At some point in the mid-1980s, we arrived in Yap and there was a woman sitting in front of the airport chewing a beetlenut. We told her we want to go diving and she was very friendly and said ‘I know somebody – jump in the car.’ She brought us to a building that was not finished yet, and then there was this man called Bill Acker”, says Walti Guggenbühl with a broad smile on his face. Good times…

Walti formed the succesful Swiss tour operator company SUBEX, explored scuba diving hotspots like Sudan and ran the first liveaboard trips in many places.
It was a pleasure to welcome him at our booth at the boot show in Düsseldorf and hear him remember the “great wall dives” he had in Yap.
And this man saw a few drop offs in his life, that’s for sure!

Bill, Walti, Jan and Detlef in front of our booth in the mares compound

Bill sure was quick to chime in when it came to the memories: “I remember we had a honeymoon couple and she could not sleep in her room because there were no curtains installed yet, and the breakfast was served in the lobby.”
Sure, there is nothing like pioneering a place, but I think it is fair to say we are all glad we improved a bit since then. 🙂

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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
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
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