9-30 ft | 3-10 m
15-50 ft | 5-15 m
0-1 mph | 0-2 km/h

Dominant features
Inshore reef, located in front of O’ Keefe’s Island. The “balconies“ of staghorn corals are home to the biggest population of Mandarinfishes in Yap (and also within the entire range of distribution), which makes it a photographers’ favorite during mating time in the evening hours.

Due to its proximity to the coast, Rainbow Reef ist very much influenced by the mangrove forests and not as rich in corals as the outer reef. Still there is a good variety of hard corals.

Fish life
Mandarinfishes in the shallows. Also lionfishes, juvenile barracudas, eels, reef lobsters, and critters like pipefishes. On the sandy patches in the very shallows, you may find octopuses or cuttlefish.

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 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
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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