Bill Acker’s Shark Feed

Not much has changed since I left, or since 1986, when Bill invented diving and tourism here, for that matter… this is how the guys kick the energy level up a few notches out at Vertigo. This is a Texas style shark feeding, that happens anytime anyone wants, out on the Philippine Sea reef.

The way Bill designed this dive is with two boats/captains, 3 dive guides, himself, his two Yap size dive groups of 6, and now a blogger riding the bow – it’s an underwater spectacle that happens, [insert redneck Texas accent here] “as close as you feel comfortable”.

You can get intimate shark encounters three different ways here. This is level 3. It starts out with 40 gallons of shark food, made right here at the resort, just like the beer.

Yellow fina tuna, wahoo, barracuda, marlin… it’s all in there frozen around bent rebar. The very second this stuff hits the water, it’s like a firecracker went off.

Next up, the food is suspended between a mooring line and a surface bouy, you have to pull the line with a half a dozen reef sharks yanking on the chumcicle.

After that, you can pull up a corral head, hang out in the blue or move right into the ball of sharks and get whatever it was you came here for.

There’s a reason why there’s two buckets, this is a full tank of Nitrox dive with an intermission and grand finale. There’s front row and bar style seating for those who want to keep their distance… and if you wanted to, you could get within macro range of the bait and feel it.

Bill Acker Diving Vertigo with Yap Sharks on a feed dive

Bill knows how to ring the dinner bell in Yap cutting his guests in on Micronesia’s best shark dive… and pulls this line in crystal clear blue water.  This is how you pull a third tank and experience a nice slice of nature.


You are circled by sharks as big as you if you’re off of the reef. In the background are upside down sharks shredding on the bait. In just one eyeful you see every kind of shark behavior from investigation laps to jaws out latched on and hearing them tearing the bait apart. If you want, you can have sharks right up in your mask…




This is something that I highly recommend, not just because I get to go and take pictures of you… but where else can you do this after two morning dives, lunch, a massage and still make it back in time for happy hour?

After the bait is gone you can swoop in and pick yourself up a few souvenir Yap shark teeth. That looks like a scene out of Bering Sea Gold or something.

This is the full deal Texan size shark dive, like I said earlier “level 3”. There’s more than one way to experience Yap’s abundant population of reef sharks. Level 2 is a bait box with a couple of fish heads and tails that is stuffed into the reef where the sharks can’t get at it, but they can’t leave it alone either… so you have sharks right up in your dome as long as you want.

The other way to have natural shark encounters is just to dive here, aside from the Manta Cleaning station in M’il Channel, there’s sharks at every dive site. That’s today’s Yap shark status report… next up, #1 underwater video awarded to Oceans Below, shot entirely in Yap.

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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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