Blogging Yap

bloggerThis is what it looks like keeping the Yap and Manta Ray Bay media feeds hot – the daily takes are posted to all week.

You can scroll the timeline and check out the entire last season and see exactly what it looks like in as close to real time as the island pace allows.

It’s a shark, manta ray, macro and culture show pretty much any given day here.

In between Vertigo, cleaning rays and giant mantis shrimp, hibiscus skirts have been flying across the street celebrating Yapese culture.


mantagoofnuwGoing to Vertigo means hundreds of trigger pulls -the shark show is the real-deal rain or shine dive – and it hardly disappoints, diving with the sharks is very productive with a camera.

Some of my favorite ray photos have been in the last few weeks as well – the big animal / wide angle shooting hardly cools off.

Although the summertime doesn’t boast the mating behavior and courtship dancing, the manta action is still good if you’re looking to take home that moment (or photo) of your overhead Yap manta experience.

When the diving is good the media stacks up fast and this season my catalog is growing by 5 gigs a dive, I’ll get to keywording eventually but for now it’s shoot, import, develop, export, post, repeat.

These are last week’s pulls from the reef getting what’s on the media stream now.


There’s schools of bumphead parrots, eagle rays in the blue, mating manderinfish, swarms of barracuda, clouds of jacks and walls with soft life fluttering in the current coming off my SD card all week.

Get in on it

Right now there’s two ways to cut in on upgraded and discounted packages – depending on your style, there’s something on the table for anyone thinking about making Yap their next spot.

Custom diving and activity itineraries with a blue water safari option, click one for more info…
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Availability & Reservations

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
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.
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