Deep Yap

IMG_3974-2There’s a technical instructor hanging around the resort for a couple of weeks wrapping up over a decade of guiding in the Red Sea. Combine that with the local blogger and now there’s two guys hanging around who aren’t part of the regular dive schedule and have nothing better to do than try something different.

This week we did an MOD dive on air just to see what’s down there.

Buenavista is a dive site you’ll see for sure during your stay here, it was host to our first deep dive.

A hard coral forest busy with cuttlefish, turtles, white-tips, anemones and all the small fish. There’s an infinite sloping wall that fades to blue continuing past the killer visibility.


We free fell straight down the slope to max depth and our first encounter was a Silky shark. Silky’s look like grey reef’s on steroids.

We had three big sharks cruise right in front of us for several passes followed by the biggest fish either of us had ever seen.

A massive dogtooth tuna swam right out of the depth and checked us out. It was a quick show but worth it for the biggest fish entry in our dive logs.


It’s not everyday a five-foot long fish swims out of the dark and gives you the one-eye. Out here along the southern walls is where we’ve had our biggest animal encounters, Silvertips, Silkys, a Marlin and now a scarred up old Tuna patrolling the reef.

The final show during our dive was a circling white tip at our deco stop in super clear water.



Custom Yap

We’re trying to spice things up over here with some unique deals and will be introducing special packages that include activities, entertainment and excursions as an itinerary.

Dive days that wind up on a gold sand beach with a BBQ going… blue water safari dive plans… live music with local dinner after a three tank day… sunset macro dive after a two tanks in M’il and whatever else we think up that should be part of your Yap experience.

It’s too far to fly not to have some beach time, catch a sunset, try the local coconut drink or see the stone money and villages. These are the best of Yap details that everyone should get in on while they’re here and we’re making it standard in these new vacation packages.

Bill is still putting together itineraries and giving away the streamlined routes to Yap via email and has been working on an Asiana codeshare with United that will get Europeans to Yap through Palau on the same ticket – when it comes to Micronesian air travel, nobody knows it better than – before you try it yourself, ask for your best route options.

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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.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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