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:



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 .


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.

Nalu na piscininha

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!


1 thought on “Before and after the diving – seen through the eyes of our Brazilian friend José Palazzo”

  1. What a wonderful testemonial to a great resort, from Jose. Like him and Nalu we have loved everything on our too infrequent trips to the Manta Bay Resort. The diving, accomodation, food and hospitality are all priorities to The Ackers and their staff when creating the best holiday for their guests.Wish we could visit more often.

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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 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 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 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 more
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