A Yap Divers Day

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Yap Divers Day Micronesia

Clear water diving in Micronesia with Yap Divers This morning was a classic Bill Acker tour of the Pacific reef. We’ve been getting outstanding conditions with great vis and a strong wildlife presence. Yesterday a group came back from Goofnuw channel and all the chatter was about Yap’s clear blue water, even modest estimations of the visibility was over a hundred and fifty feet. As a matter of fact, it was so good the boat unanimously voted to stay put and get right back in where they were, Marty commented that it was “a perfect day”.

Again today, crystal clear views underneath welcomed us as we splashed in and rolled over.

Our first stop was the mouth of Goofnuw channel which is host to three Manta cleaning stations and where a lot of the Manta viewing takes place on this side of the island. All the photographers were setup for wide angle and were hot to post up on the main cleaning station and get some up close manta action.

I drifted down the channel on my own and on my kick back to the group, I found myself within high-five range of a passing female Manta. This is what I like best about diving Yap, the open water big animal encounters.

Giant Manta Ray close up in Yap Micronesia

Giant Manta Ray flyby in Yap Micronesia Giant Manta Ray flyby in Yap Micronesia

Big Bump Head Parrot Fish Yap Micronesia Speaking of big encounters, here is a Yap-size bumphead parrot fish, some grow BIG here. These aren’t the most attractive fish on the reef with their massive mono-tooth and corral scarred forehead, but definitely part of the reef life that deserves a double-take when close.

Another one of today’s bigger than average wildlife scores included a crocodile fish laying in a corral recess looking straight out. I was waved over to check it out after one person was done taking pictures… then I took mine… and as the other photographers saw more than one person taking shots in the same place, they move in to check out what’s going on and wanted their’s too.

Crocodile fish laying on a reef in Yap Micronesia

Photographing a Crocodile fish laying on a reef in Yap MicronesiaPhotographing a Crocodile fish laying on a reef in Yap Micronesia

Picture yourself as the crocodile fish, and after the thirty-fifth strobe blast goes off a foot away from it’s face there was only one thing to do… there was no going forward and no going backward, so it did a 180 it’s spot and stayed put. Maybe he knew that nobody is going to win Manta Fest with a picture of a crocodile fish’s butt, it was game over. Once the photo op was blown, we moved on, score one for the fish in this case.

Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay custom dive boats Here’s a little insight to Diving Yap… make sure you go with an operator that has custom dive boats. The direct tropical sun can be intense for fair skinned vacationers… Manta Ray guests all have a seat in front of their gear to enjoy their surface intervals in the shade. Comfort points that only Bill offers among the operators on the island, covered boats.

After an hour of refreshments, Texas humor, Yap Q&A and the next dive brief, it was time for another hour of clear water, gentle current and awesome vis on a sloping  corral wall drift with Bill.

Bill Acker, Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay resort in Micronesia

I’ll be posting up some more professional SD card donations to decorate this page with wide angle and macro shots from the Manta Fest photography festival, but I felt it was a good time to take you for a shotgun ride-along on the diving in between contest media leaks.

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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
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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
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