Manta Ray Bay has often been the base for film crews. We have just finished hosting an Australian TV crew called Kaufmann Productions . They were here as part of a larger filming project which is concentrating on the four main manta hotspots around the globe, namely, Mexico, Maldives, Australia and of course Yap. Yap has recently been designated a manta sanctuary, which will thankfully help to protect the resident population of mantas from being hunted like they are in many areas of the world. Speaking with Gisela Kaufmann, the team leader, she told me one of the reasons they came to Yap was purely down to the years of hard work Bill Acker has done working with these amazing creatures and helping to put them on the dive map.
Bill spent most of his days working with the crew, taking them to various dive sites such as Miil Channel, narrating to the camera and giving his observations over the years. The crew managed to get some great manta footage; including the amazing mating ritual, where it is possible to see more than a dozen mantas circling in the water as part of their courtship ritual. The crew also managed to get down Yap Day which was held this year in the municipality of Tamil to get some fantastic footage of Yapese culture in full swing. Yap Day is a celebration of Yapese culture and draws visitors from around the world and is held every year on the 1 – 2 March.
Part of the filming team included Dr Kathy Townsend, the lead scientist with Project Manta in Australia. Speaking with her she told me of her excitement of what they had filmed and potentially discovered in Yapese waters in respects to manta behavior. She believes that Yap may be a manta nursery. If this proves to be true, it will be one of the very few identified on the planet and will thus help us learn way more about these elusive gentle creatures.
When complete the documentary will be shown on leading European and Australian public television channels sometime in mid 2011.
Wednesday 24th February, was Scuba Safari with Bill Acker day at the Manta Ray Bay Resort. This event has really taken off, so much so we needed to take out Popou, our largest dive boat to carry all our guests.
Scuba Safari is a great way for guests to get to dive with Bill, the pioneer of diving in Yap. He has discovered more than 50 sites here in these beautiful islands, so this is a wonderful way to get the spirit of discovery and group camaraderie all in one. Bill tries to use these Safaris to search out potential new dive sites as well as visiting some of the more rarely dived areas. He also doesn’t neglect some of the more famous sites so the weather and water conditions determine where these Safaris go each week.
Today 15 intrepid divers took to the Pacific for a three tank dive with lunch provided from the Mnuw; they were, Bill & Vicki Wells from Belmont CA, Johan & Maria Edelsvard from Taby Sweden, Andrew Revel from Heboken NJ, Brian Buzzeli from Pennsylvania, Reindhart Arnd & Ursula Nuutinen from Berlin Germany, Joe Becker from Beaverton OR, Craig & Colleen Barlett from Vermont, Alex & Dolores Sastre from Buenos Aires Argentina and Kriss Kirchoff from Libertyville IL.
This gang of divers joined Bill assisted by Chomed, one of our Dive Masters and Willy, the skipper of Popou. They did Magic Kingdow, Spanish Walls (actually began North to see what that part of the reef was like) and the day culminated with Yap Caverns/Lion Fish Wall as a combination. There were smiles all around both before and after the trip with the only disappointed people being those that were leaving the night before.
We have guests, and prospective guests, from around the world, and some of these people can not transit Guam, due to U.S. visa regulations. For these people, the only way to get to Yap is via Manila to Palau to Yap back to Palau for a day and then back to Manila. Not all that convenient but workable with the big drawback being prices for airline tickets.
Thanks to our friends at Continental, the price portion has been solved! We now have a base price of $450 for airline e-tickets, from Manila to Palau to Yap back to Palau and back to Manila! This is very good news indeed, especially for our friends not on the U.S. visa waiver program.
If interested, please contact Bill Acker directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is here to help you and can now help you with flights from Japan to Yap, from Palau to Yap and from Manila to Yap, via Palau.
By the way, the reason we are doing all of this, is to help introduce you to the wonders of Yap and the ambiance of the Manta Ray Bay Resort. The weather has been perfect lately, the diving superb and all that is really missing is – you.
As mentioned in the last blog post, Bill has been working with the good people of Continental Airlines in order to try and help our valued customers get to Yap cheaper and easier. The result of these talks is a Special Net Fare Agreement between Continental and the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
We have been given special net rates from Tokyo, Japan and Nagoya, Japan to Yap via Guam with an add-on fare for Palau. The base rate starts at $600 per person from Nagoya and $650 from Tokyo. The add-on for Palau, from Japan has a base price of $250. We also have a base rate from Palau to Yap to Palau of $335. We say “base rate” because there are some taxes and fees that go with these rates but, in general, they are very minor. If this is of interest to you, please e-mail Bill directly at email@example.com and he will get a firm quote for you.
Continental Airlines is a new member of the Star Alliance which means carriers from Europe to Tokyo would include Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss Air, Austrian Air & LOT just to name a few. If you are a frequent flier with any of these airlines, you will earn miles for your entire trip. The best thing about these fares out of Japan is the travel time and ease with which you can get to Yap. The connections in Japan are excellent, your bags are checked to Yap, or Palau, at your departure airport and the connections in Guam are excellent as well. No layovers, no stopovers. From your bed to our dive boat as fast as possible.
For those going to Palau with China Air, you can use our special priced tickets from Palau to Yap to Palau to help you expand your dive trip to two islands for the price of one trip. Again, for more information, please contact Bill Acker at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you in Yap soon!
Now that Bill, Detlef, Jan and Daniel have finished the BOOT Show in Dusseldorf, Germany it’s time to begin the follow-up for the many inquires from our friends and potential European dive guests. The largest single topic discussed at the show, by far, was the high cost of getting to Yap and the perceived difficulty of getting here.
Yesterday, Bill began working on solutions to these perceived problems and is working with Continental Airlines on a number of ticketing options and prices that will be available for our European guests. If this program proves to be a success, then both parties may very well extend these options to North American travelers as well.
Please continue to watch this space for more specific details as they become available, or follow airline updates with RSS.
Hallo ihr alle,
ich bin wieder gut gelandet im Mikronesien und somit wieder im Manta Ray Bay
Resort bei den Yap Divers. Auf diesem Weg möchte ich mich nochmals bei allen Messebesuchern der BOOT 2010, bei Freunden, sowie bei denjenigen die Interesse an Yap gefunden haben bedanken. Solltet ihr Hilfe benötigen bei eurer Urlaubsplanung bin ich gern für euch da und gebe euch Rückanwort in Deutsch oder Englisch.
Bitte schreibt Detlef Trux an email@example.com.
Bis bald, mit freundlichen Gruessen aus Yap.
I finally made my way back to Micronesia and Manta Ray Bay Resort
and Yap Divers. I want to take the opportunity to thank all visitors of the BOOT 2010 (Europe’s biggest dive show in Düsseldorf, Germany)
and extend my thanks to friends and those, who found a new interest in Yap.
Should you need assistance for your holiday plans, I will be there to help you and answer you in German or English.
Please send your inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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