With over 17,000 dives in Yap and having found & named most of our dive sites, it’s really hard for me to single just one out. There are any number of wonderful dives here in Yap and on any given day, all can be spectacular with unbelievable wildlife happenings but if forced to pick only one, it would be Yap Caverns. The Caverns, over the years, have featured everything for schools of more than 100 Bumphead Wrasse to over 500 Rainbow Runners to Whale Sharks, Pilot Whales, Dolphins, mating Octopus, Marlin & Sailfish not to mention the Leaf Fishes, Coral Hermit Crabs and Ornate Ghost Pipefishes and almost all of this in very clear waters. Not only the unpredictability but the fact that there are two world class wall dives on each exit, makes this a stunning dive where you truly never know what to expect.
One of my favorite things to do at the Caverns, besides the swim through caves and tunnels, is to visit the Grey Reef Shark cleaning station at about 100 to 120 feet. When they are getting cleaned, the sharks are almost vertical in the water with their gills wide open and you can almost see the smile of joy on their face as the cleaner wrasses do their job. It’s also down here that you find large Stone Fish and are perched on the edge of the drop-off so any large pelagics swimming by are right there in front of you.
Then there are the anemones with their anemone fish who lay eggs seasonally and if you go there every day for a week, you can watch the eggs develop and hatch before your eyes. The anemones also host shrimp and porcelain crabs. Finally the schools on Anthias at the tops of the reef and the coral bommies guarding the caverns from the open water are an excellent photo opportunity and fun to watch as they move in and out of their hiding places in the coral.
Yes, if forced to pick only one of our more than 50 buoyed dive sites, I would choose Yap Caverns. I hope to dive with you there some day soon. Until then, safe travels and happy diving.
For those of you who have stayed/dived with us, Lee is the first Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers team member you’ll meet after having cleared Immigration and Customs. She is always in the “Welcome to Yap”-mode and her friendly smile let’s you forget it’s 2:30 in the morning when you arrive.
Lee, or Jenesha L. Tun, was born on November 26th, 1994 on Yap and grew up in the village of Wanyan, part of the Gagil municipality. With an older brother and sister, she’s the youngest among her siblings.
When Lee graduated 8th grade, she went to North Carolina for a better education. She lived with her uncle and aunt for four years. After finishing high school, Lee attended Fayetteville Technical Community College, studying criminal justice latent evidence.
Being a real island girl, she missed her native Yap so much that she decided to stop her studies after just 1 year and returned to Yap. Once back on island, she became very active in the local Youth Council and has become a very vocal advocate for higher learning for Yap’s youth.
Besides welcoming our guests at the airport, you’ll see her in the Concierge department being a tour guide for the various tours that we offer. Time allowing, she will also join our divers on the boat as she is a certified diver. When following our FB-page you might have noticed that Lee is also a contributor for our postings about all the adventures, tours, culture and history youcann experience in Yap.
When not working, Lee enjoys cooking and eating, swimming, snorkeling as well as writing. Becoming a novelist is her big dream.
What does she like about her job? Obviously meeting new people, telling everyone about her beautiful and unique island while working in an environment that stimulates her to grow.
Knowing that her dad is the associate chief justice of Yap State, it’s not a surprise that she initially studied criminal justice, but the fact that her mom used to work as a marketing manager for the Yap tourist office helps explain why she loves her job so much as well as why her favorite motto is, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work day in your life” (Confucius).
For those that haven’t visited/dived with us yet, it’s about time. Lee is waiting for you at the airport.
BEST OF SHOW: Sheila Ott overall winning photo was “squid cannibalism” of a pelagic diamond head squid eating another one of it’s own species. Shot at night over 1 mile offshore on a blackwater dive at 35ft.
Grand Prize:10-day Dive Damai Liveaboard Trip plus a Mares USB Keychain and an Akona octopus keeper.
BEST OF CLASS (dSLR): Mike Fusco overall winning image from the dSLR/Mirrorless camera division of sharks at the surface diving Vertigo.
BEST OF CLASS (non-dSLR): Katja Jakobsen overall winning image from the fixed-lens camera division of two manta rays transiting Goofnuw Channel to the cleaning stations – this image was captured with a complimentary DEMO camera system from Ikelite, an Olypmus TG6 with housing and dual DS51 strobes.
We are underway with the 11th Annual MantaFest photography and video festival.
Bill, his entire crew and this year’s panel of presenting photographers; Ray Bullion (USA), David Fleetham (Canada), Frank Schneider (Germany), Tim Rock (Guam), Brad Holland (USA) and Andy Schumacher (Germany) will be hosting two weeks of photography and video training as well as the sponsored image contest portion of the event.
The first day of the program will include big animal and macro dives, a cultural site visit with traditionally dressed models, mating mandarinfish and night dives as well as a blackwater option.
The photo school program is 14 days with up to 5 opportunities to dive per day with daily workshops and one-on-one training.
Check out the social media feed for daily photo updates of the event and the images the presenters and guests are bringing home.
MantaFest happens every year, the last week of August and first week of September, more information: www.mantafest.com
Awesom dive experience. we dived for a week with Yap divers and every dive was varied and very beautiful. We benefited from the pre-corona time in March which meant that there were very few tourists on Yap. (3...)read more
We have been twice at Manta Ray Bay. The staff was exzellent dive guides as well as people on the Mnuw, not to mention the Amber👌 The sharks at Vertigo and the Mantas at Stammtisch are a must for every diver. We hope to be back!read more
My fourth time to Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap since 1995. Hotel still very well kept, spacious room, good services and dive centre, very well run. Enjoy my dives very much with crystal clear water, mantas, sharks and even some macros. Wish they have better flight schedules to make it easier for visitors. Love to be back again.read more
Stayed at Manta Ray Bay as part of work travel to Yap. Excellent rooms and very friendly and helpful staff who were happy to go out of their way to assist guests and ensure they had a pleasant stay. Would highly recommend and look forward to staying again in the future.read more
My experience at the Manta RayBay Resort was once in a life time. We did not dive because we were in Yap for military purposes but if I had to choose a location in which to dive it would be in Yap and I would stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again.
Bill and his family are just wonderful and made our experience on Yap such a memorable one. I hope to come back to Yap again and if I am so privileged I would visit with my adopted family and stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again.read more
All the staff from Manta bay resort will treat you like family and make you feel at home
The room was very spacious and decorated with taste
The dives were very nice , especially Vertigo obviously !
Do not hesitate , just book your trip to Yap and Manta bay resort will do the rest and there will not be any bad surprise
I highly recommend a stay with Bill's Acker great resort !read more
Completed my 7th trip to Yap this past April and it is still one of the best dive destinations and operations around. Have led groups there for those 7 years and had several repeat customers go back with me. Great staff, dive operation and beautiful hotel. And the diving is diverse and just awesome. Many of the staff have become friends and it always a treat to be greeted by name upon arrival and around the hotel. Since diving is the premier attraction the island is a paradise of relaxation and laid back attitude. If you haven't been to this area of the world you should really consider it. Bill Acker, owner and all around good guy, can help you make travel plans for visiting Yap and other great destinations in Micronesia.read more
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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
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
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
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
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