YAP CAVERNS

The southern most tip of the island offers divers the most diversity of life and interesting topography where divers swim through the reef with life big and small.

Yap Caverns dive site map, Yap Micronesia

Yap Caverns amphitheater is one of Yap’s best environments for macro subjects at every depth. Porcelain crabs, moyers dragonettes, nudibranch, leaf fish, scorpion fish, antheas, flame angels, cleaner and ghost shrimp as as well as more exotic subjects such as ghost pipe fish and ornate ghost pipe fish reside at this site.

  • Photography: Wide Angle or Macro
  • Dive Plan: Static or drift dive at slack tide with cavern and wall diving for ~90 minute bottom time with a swim through tour
  • Conditions: 3m/10ft to 30m/100ft depth with swim through caverns two wall dive options rock pinnacles with a white sand bottom
  • Wildlife: Schools of fish, reef sharks, macro subjects, moray eels / reef fish, large pelagic fish, cleaning stations, bump head parrot fish
  • Visibility: 40-100+ ft | 12-30+ m
  • Current: Usually none

Micronesia Dive Site, Yap Caverns

Yap Caverns is home to the richest reef and wall diving offering the strongest diversity at any single dive site. White tip and grey reef sharks, abundant coral, pelagic fish, schools of bumphead parrot fish, eagle rays, turtles, scorpion leaf fish, dragonettes, blennies with cleaning stations for sharks, eels and big fish, year-round.

Dominant features
A network of caverns and canyons notched out of the coral wall. Large coral outcroppings in the shallower sections are honeycombed with narrow chasms and chimneys large enough for divers to explore. Skylights in the caverns send shafts of sunbeams down into the dephts.

Corals
Varied hard coral walls honeycombed with crevices and fissures, some of which rise up to openings inside on the lagoon floor. The vertical walls are rich in soft corals.

Fish Life
White tip reef sharks are often found resting in the sandy bowls within the crevices. Expect a wide variety of reef fish and schooling pelagics. Sometimes schools of fifty or more huge Parrothead Humpbackfish are found outside the caverns. At the bottom of the outer mini-wall, Gray reef sharks are frequently seen. Morays and Stingrays are often seen near or within the caverns. Large schools of Tuna & Amberjack heve been sighted off the entrance. Lionfish abound.

Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns
Micronesia Diving at Yap Caverns

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
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!
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