Diving Yap Island with Valerie

This really isn’t Valerie, at least not this time.  I am writing for her as I have tried a number of times to get her to do a blog of her dives but to no avail.  Maybe if I start, she will get into the mood and the hang of it.  Like all fathers, I am very proud of her and it’s quite nice to see her as a new dive guide and listen to her stories of her underwater adventures.  Today was a great one that I was lucky enough to be on so here’s the story.

We have a group of very close friends with us for the next two weeks.  There are the Wills of Palm Grove Hotel fame in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  Tom and Shirley are here with their daughter Robyn and their granddaughter Rireana (who will celebrate her 13th birthday next Tuesday) and Paul & Pat Kilroy from just outside London, England.  Val and I were their dive guides today and the first dive was at Peleak Corner where we were greeted by the usual outer reef visibility of over 200 feet and a gentle current to carry us along.  Val gave the briefing and told everyone that we would be diving around the middle of the wall, or about 50 to 60 feet deep, and that we would be looking out for turtles, nudibranches and stingrays.  I knew that we often see cuttlefish at about 80 feet but I didn’t interrupt her briefing.

As we entered the water, sure enough we all saw the first stingray of the day directly under the boat.  As we drifted along, I began going a bit deeper and a bit deeper until I was cruising along at 80 feet and looking at the various sleeping whitetip sharks on the sandy bottom at 140 feet.  All of a sudden, Valerie is shaking her rattle and pointing behind me.  I had drifted right over a cuttlefish (the thing that I was down here looking for – thank goodness for young eyes).  As I turned to go back and watch this marvelous creature, another one came to join us.  We now had a circle of 8 divers all watching 2 cuttlefish change colors and move around when all of a sudden, we were joined by a THIRD cuttlefish.  This was spectacular in itself but one of the animals went into a show of aggression and really changed colors, elongated its tentacles and chased after each of the other two.  I could have stayed there the entire dive but alas we needed to move on.

After another few minutes of drifting along this spectacularly healthy hard coral wall, we came upon a small turtle sitting down and enjoying the view.  Just past him, we came upon a school of over 20 large Humphead Wrasse all “grazing” along the top of the reef.

All in all, a wonderful dive, with a great group of friends and in the company of the newest member of the Yap Divers team – my daughter Valerie Acker Sullivan!

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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 better.read 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 too.read 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 here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
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 restaurant.read 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
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
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
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
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
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