Before and after the diving – seen through the eyes of our Brazilian friend José Palazzo

Often, a trip to distant places makes us apprehensive about the conditions for hosting.
After all, it is common for Brazilians have to spend 25 to 30 hours hopping from plane to plane to get the most coveted destinations in the Pacific,
and all we want when we get there , besides diving , is whether we will be able to rest in a decent bed .

In Yap , since our first trip there in 2007 , we no longer have this concern .
We know that after the dives, the fabulous hospitality of Bill and Patricia Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort, is simply the best there is on the island .

Nothing like being able to lay off the bags after a long trip and enjoy a super cozy room and the smell of fresh flowers.
At Manta Ray Bay, each apartment is decorated with the motif of a marine animal of the region, here you see Nautilus and Sepia:

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Hands down, the best sleep quality is guaranteed ! But not only that… keep in mind also the possibility to refresh yourself in the hotel’s beautiful infinity pool,
just opposite the schooner Mnuw that serves as a bar and restaurant. That is something that calls us out of the room the whole time when we ‘re not diving the inner reefs of the lagoon or or the outer walls .

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Of course, in a couple of trips (like we did this year to get married in Yap ! ) there are always times when we want a little more privacy and tranquility . There is nothing better than the ground floor apartments like the Nautilus. There we could enjoy a private garden and pool where we relaxed in the afternoon and also at the end of the day after returning from happy hour and dinner aboard Mnuw …

As you can see in the picture below, picturing Nalu, such a routine as in Yap is stressful.

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Nalu in wading pool

Many friends ask us about the cost of a diving adventure in Yap.
Frankly, with our average gains, it costs less than most of the better places on the Brazilian coast, and we don’t even start comparing infrastructure and services…
For these and other reasons – especially the fabulous marine life, which is abundant, diverse and preserved – we do keep coming back to Yap whenever we can .
In our next post we will talk about the diving and keep you excited. By the way, the photo below picturing us, was taken Brad Holland, a great photographer. .  See you there!

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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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