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


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


  • 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.”


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.


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 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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