Family Diving


Kids Sea Camp family divers week in Yap went off with some of the year’s best animal interactions, weather and the biggest surprise in almost 30 years of diving here.


We kicked off the diving with a ripping big animal show starting at Vertigo with our friendly school of Black tip and Grey reef sharks.

Hitting this dive site after a few hours of incoming tide makes for a stunning show.

The magic of this site is that everyone gets what they came for. Junior divers stay on top of the reef plateau at 40 feet surrounded by sharks and advanced divers have the entire wall to play on.


Getting Vertigo going is easy, these animals are always here and this experience is more assured than our Mantas.

Once everyone settles into the dive the sharks take on their swim pattern and we get to float around and put ourselves and our cameras in the right spot.

Kids Sea Camp promotes conservation and a lot of awareness of the marine eco-system. These young divers get educated on how threatened sharks are, why and what they can do about it.


During surface intervals the topside chatter included some simple and practical things that all of us can do in order to preserve this for the next generation, making responsible world travelers from these learning experiences.


Sharks are protected here in Yap right along side our resident manta rays with the establishment of the big animal marine sanctuary.

Here we get to enjoy these animals every day and they get to enjoy protection from unnatural threats.

Diving along side their children, the parents were getting Vertigo exactly how they wanted.


The diving is planned so that the kids dive on their own boats with two dive masters / instructors and the parents board boats with other adults.

Dive sites are planned throughout the week so that the diving is mixed, there are sites where it’s just the kids or adults and other dives are planned for the whole family.

Parents had some adult time, kids had a lot of kid time, there is family time and was room to throw in some photography workshops and spa treatments throughout the week.


Yap’s big animal spectacular is a ’10’ manta dive – our first run at the cleaning station turned out to be everything you can ask for and more. Goofnuw Channel, “Valley of the Rays”, did not disappoint.


It was the magic hour right when the tide begins to recede when the water is the clearest and the current is still slight.

As soon as our group hit the site the mantas came in, six of them, and put on a perfect Yap encounter.

Manta passes so consistent that I started lining up kids for overhead manta shots and was able to shoot our guests one-by-one with a ray buzzing their tank.


These young divers pulled experienced lines out there during the week. We had a 75 minute dives and our family divers were boarding the boat with over 1400 psi.

The better the divers, the easier the week is for everyone, guides, photographer boat crew… and the parents – Sea Camp week was pure fun for everyone.

Yap’s big animalness didn’t stop with just sharks and manta rays, we had a marlin overhead at Pelak Corner, spinner dolphins at our safety stop at Eagle’s Nest and something very special happened to just our group after a ripping shark dive.



Baby Whale Shark! Cruising over the reef on the way back from Vertigo Alex and Mike spotted a huge animal and we swung the boat, doubled checked to make sure it wasn’t a tiger shark, and all got in with our cameras.

This little guy gave all of us the one-eyed pass performing a full circle around and through our group before cruising out into the clear blue.

This was a dive guide first, photographer first and Sea Camp first in Yap.


One of the blue water dive plans Bill took the kids on an outer reef drift and showed them some hall of fame diver lines at Cabbage Patch and Magic Kingdom.



Non-divers had itineraries with full days showcasing Yap’s unique island culture and rich history. Families walked down thousand year-old stone paths, visited village sites and learned about traditional Yapese life on cultural island adventures.

The Sea Camp week includes educational activities such as traditional attire demonstrations where kids learn about Yapese ceremonial dress and how it works in their culture, women’s and men’s roles in the community, traditional conservation methods and village responsibility.

Each day after the divers depart the boat dock, non-divers take off on their day adventures – kayaking, snorkeling, beach trips, traditional craft making, fishing trips and pool parties filled in the time until everyone met back at the resort for lunch and the evening’s activity schedule.


No trip is complete without your own beach party and BBQ buffet served in gold sand.



Sea Camp 2016 will be June 18th – 25th.

For more information, bookings and details, please email, or call 803-419-2556.



Availability & Reservations

Jendrik Schroeder
Jendrik Schroeder
15:18 15 Jun 19
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
stacey blake
stacey blake
16:26 20 Mar 19
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
Shaun Suliol
Shaun Suliol
11:48 12 Mar 19
The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco
04:49 22 Jan 19
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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 more
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 more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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
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