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Diving Yap, Micronesia

Yap is best-known for it’s cultural beauty, picturesque village scenes, resident manta ray presence, clear blue water scuba diving and a host of eco-tours and experiences.

With almost 100 miles of barrier reef, several big channels and lagoon sites, there is one of everything here to explore – miles of outer reef wall diving, deep and shallow channels to drift as well as inner lagoon macro and night diving.

Highlights of Yap Diving are the mantas, daily year-round reef shark diving with three kinds of interactions, nightly mating mandarinfish as well as rich coral walls and caverns.

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For a look at today’s diving, scroll our facebook feed of photo updates straight from the dive dock, or see our blog for recent dive reports and photos.

The best way to dive Yap is to know what you want to come for and setup your trip during the best season for it – if it’s mantas, then winter time and early spring is the window of most activity.

 


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    Yap Dive Sites

    Click on any dive site name on the map and view the map and dive brief.

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    Millenium Gardens Manta Ray Bay Hotel and Yap Divers Lionfish Wall Yap Caverns Kurrekurredutt Dropoff Cherry Blossom Wall Big Bend Cabbage Patch Spanish Wall Magic Kingdom Gilmaan Wall Eagle's Nest Yap Diving End of the Land Aliko Reef Fan Dancer Crescent Reef Telegraph Reef O'Keef's Passage Sakura Terrace Stonehenge Peelaek Channel Lighthouse Pass Paaw Reef Gapow Reef Goofnuw Mini Wall Valley of the Rays Tradewind Mini Wall Sunrise Reef Manta Ridge Manta Ray Diving Yap Corner Vertigo Mi'l Channel Rainbow Reef Slow & Easy

    Yap Sharks at “Vertigo”

    World Class shark diving, every day…

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    The one thing that is guaranteed in Yap is “Vertigo” with its local school of un-shy Grey and Black Tip reef sharks. This is a true year-round rain or shine dive, Yap sharks are always home at Vertigo.

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    Grey, black and white tip reef sharks will most likely be in every dive log entry, with the exception of one of the manta ray cleaning stations – almost all diving includes shark encounters and interactions.

    On several occasions bigger species are sited along the Southern walls, including Tiger, Silky and Silvertips.

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    Critters, Macro and More…

    Every sunset the reef’s most colorful fish mate

    manderinYap’s big animal diving is complimented with diverse reef life, and especially a smaller side, critter diving.

    Critter diving can be in a day’s dive plan year-round. We have both inner lagoon macro dive sites as well as outer reef macro diving.

    Photographers are pleased with the quality of Yap’s subjects and shooting environments.

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    Other typical marine life encounters include turtles, cuttlefish, eagle rays and big fish.

    Yap’s barrier reef consists of hundreds of types of hard coral and where the currents hit you’ll find a living mixture of whips, sponges and blooming soft corals.

    All of this is enjoyed in small 6-8 pax fully-equipped twin-engine dive boats in small groups with veteran dive guides.

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      Availability & Reservations

      Michael Wüthrich
      Michael Wüthrich
      09:27 24 Jun 20
      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
      R. Frobhboese
      R. Frobhboese
      06:21 13 May 20
      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
      Fariborz Zak
      Fariborz Zak
      07:03 12 May 20
      Wonderful lovely place worth to try it again
      Keenan Woodmansee
      Keenan Woodmansee
      07:09 04 Jan 20
      This is "The" place to stay. Friendly staff and great hotel and restaurant.
      Sandie Chung
      Sandie Chung
      13:30 11 Dec 19
      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
      Tait Brimacombe
      Tait Brimacombe
      04:31 18 Oct 19
      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
      John Yosh
      John Yosh
      11:27 18 Sep 19
      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
      Yann Faure
      Yann Faure
      11:08 15 Jul 19
      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
      Bruce Tanner
      Bruce Tanner
      16:13 27 Jun 19
      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
      Jendrik Schroeder
      Jendrik Schroeder
      15:18 15 Jun 19
      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
      Chris Mars
      Chris Mars
      18:28 26 Mar 19
      This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
      stacey blake
      stacey blake
      16:26 20 Mar 19
      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
      Shaun Suliol
      Shaun Suliol
      11:48 12 Mar 19
      The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
      Doreen Korbl
      Doreen Korbl
      19:09 10 Mar 19
      incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
      Michael Fusco
      Michael Fusco
      04:49 22 Jan 19
      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
      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
      Jan Toman
      Jan Toman
      22:14 02 Nov 18
      Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
      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
      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
      Jonathan Gapith
      Jonathan Gapith
      10:31 19 Sep 18
      Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
      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
      Emily Caquelin
      Emily Caquelin
      04:10 02 Aug 18
      Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
      William Myers
      William Myers
      21:01 21 Jul 18
      Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
      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
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