VERTIGO

Vertigo is home to our school of grey and black tip reef sharks. Located on the West coast of the island south of M’il Channel, a 25 to 35 minute boat ride.

One of the best shark dives in Micronesia, happening everyday.

Vertigo dive site map, Yap Micronesia

Diving Vertigo, Yap Micronesia

Photography: Wide angle & Macro

Wildlife:

  • Grey reef sharks
  • Black tip reef sharks
  • Napoleon wrasse
  • Moray eels / reef fish
  • Grouper / snapper

Conditions:

  • 10m/33ft to 20m/66ft
  • Vertical reef wall
  • Reef plateau at 15m/45ft
  • Stunning visibility
  • Gentle to no current

“It’s exciting to get in the water with so many sharks so close.”

Photography

Get as close as you are comfortable to these animals while they circle the reef. Work around the reef wall shooting 360 degrees of shark behavior for as long as you want. Sharks in the blue, making tight turns between divers and swimming right up to your lens and making eye contact.
Vertigo Dive Site, Shark Diving Micronesia on Yap Island

Vertigo Dive Site, Shark Diving Micronesia on Yap Island

Surface shooting

When the water is clear, and it usually is, the black-tip shooting just off of the boat is incredible.

You can freeze the light and catch the dapple effect on the sides of these sharks as they circle you.

Shooting at depth with strobes

There are dramatic shots to pull at Vertigo using strobes down on the reef and over the edge of the wall.

The blues and gradient from the sun ball on a clear day make for high contrast images and when the water is really clear, you can read “Yap Divers” on the boat from 22m.

Silhouettes

Drop down the wall and look up at circling sharks.

Vertigo Dive Site, Shark Diving Micronesia on Yap Island

Day or night

During our annual photography festival, MantaFest, we mix colorful sunsets, photographers from around the world and Vertigo for “Sunset shark split” shooting.

Vertigo Dive Site, Shark Diving Micronesia on Yap Island

This is also a popular snorkeling site due to the close encounters, you don’t need to dive, the action is good at the surface.

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
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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