Ein Quelltopf voller Haie

Selten war blaues Wasser schöner. Vor den letzten Tauchgängen am westlichen Außenriff konnte vom Boot aus den Clownsfische als orange Punkte beim Tanzen zuschauen. Die Debatten zu den Sichtweiten bewegten sich irgendwo im Bereich zwischen 40 und 70 Metern. Kristallklar wie eine Quelle. Allerdings mit beständig lächelndem Fisch der Marke Grauer Riffhai und Schwarzspitzenriffhai.

Die Sicht ist so gut, dass sie die Haie wie geschrumpft wirken lässt.

Derzeit treiben sich am Vertigo um die zwanzig, dreißig Haie herum und die Damen und Herren Fotografen setzten das Wasser mit ihren Blitzen unter Strom und hielten die Tierchen mit ihren elektrischen Feldern bei bester Laune, bzw. bei bestem Interesse. Mit Tiefen zwischen sieben (Riffplatte) und dreizehn Metern (Riffkante) kamen die Taucher auf gute achzig Minuten lange Ausflüge, und mit weniger als 400 Fotos kam da auch kaum jemand aus dem Wasser. Neben einem ausgewachsenen Adlerrochen regierten die Wölfe der Meere – Kopfporträts mit Weitwinkelobjektiv, Fisheye-Szenen mit mehr als zehn Haien im Bild, Taucher-Hai-Interaktion, Nahaufnahmen der Augen mit der Makrolinse, und und und. Wer einmal an Vertigo tauchen war, jagt nie wieder den vier, fünf armen Grauhaien an den Brother Islands hinterher…

Grauhaie an der Riffkante... ganze acht Meter tief

Dem Journalistenkollegen Frank machte es indes schwer zu schaffen, dass sein Anzug mittlerweile nach Hai roch anstatt nach Manta – die lieben Mitfotografen sahen es ähnlich, und da der Manta-Stammtisch ja nur zehn Minuten Fahrzeit von Vertigo entfernt ist und jeder nun mal zwei Zwölfliter-Flaschen an Bord hat… riecht Franks Anzug jetzt wieder nach Teufelsrochen, die ihm – natürlich – förmlich in die Linse krochen. Oder wie er selbst sagt: „Jetzt riecht er wieder wie vor den Haien.“

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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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