Giant Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy

Yap Divers in a Manta Feeding Frenzy, Micronesia

Manta Ray Feeding in Clear Shallow Water, Yap Divers, MicronesiaThis is the Manta encounter of the year, and a Yap Divers exclusive story and why. Bill and his team have been doing this almost 20 years longer than anyone else on the Island and this week that fact can be demonstrated.

Manta Rays feeding in clear shallow water, 25 minutes from the hotel room… this doesn’t happen often. It takes a number of natural conditions to line up for this to occur. The tide and moon cycle, current speed and direction as well as where the clear water meets the channel.

There were 3 other boats out diving cleaning stations on the same day from two other operators on the island, but only one boat found its way to this scene. This is where experience rang in for 5 lucky Manta Ray Bay guests.

Score another notch on John’s belt for being pro-active in the water.

Giant Manta Rays Feeding in Yap Micronesia Diving with Manta Ray Bay ResortYap Manta Rays Feeding in on a dive with Manta Ray Bay Resort, Micronesia

Yap Divers Demonstrates Their Knowledge and Experience

John made this call on the fly. All of the conditions were right and he knew it, so he took a few minutes to go investigate a hunch he was having on a Manta dive site. Independently, he followed a breadcrumb trail of underwater signs that brought him onto a ball of bait fish and dancing Mantas. After finding the action, he rushed to the boat, prepped the dive group, got them in the water and put them right into the scene.

Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy Yap Island, Micronesia with Yap DiversThe guests were inside a ball of feeding Mantas from the surface down to the sand bottom at 40 feet for over an hour and a half. Mantas breaching, scraping their bellies on the sand bottom and backflipping between corral heads in mid-water, the full blown natural Yap Manta feeding encounter, within arm’s reach.

Two Manta Rays Feeding with divers with Manta Ray Bay Resort MicronesiaEverybody was happy about this dive, John’s boat group went home with a fantastic Manta Ray experience. That’s the difference in bottom time and Manta knowledge that Yap Divers delivers.

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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 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.
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