Guest Experience: Simone & Thomas visit Yap

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Following for all foreigners, which only speak English, i´ll give you my experience with YAP Divers @ MANTA RAY BAY HOTEL

DSCN0011We’ve visited YAP in April. The trip was gone to Palau & Yap for 3 weeks. It was organized by Roger Tours Germany (but you can contact them trough their homepage). They made a perfect detailed program.

Arrived in Yap in the night, we got a friendy traditional welcome with flowers. The transfer was organized by Yap Divers/Manta Ray Bay Hotel and it was very fast. We got a bottled water during the drive. Arrived in the Hotel, our luggage was brought to the Dive Center and we were able to start our diving day at the same day (6 hours later). But we told them, that we will have a relaxed day of arrival and we would prefer an island trip without diving. So even during the night, they organized this change and our wish was fullfilled. After breakfast we could start our Tour.

The island tour was including traditional canoe preparation, beaches of the east coast, „Stone Path“ with way to the Men´s House. There we received our lunch box and after that, we went further more to the old airport (during war) with relicts from this time, to the Stone Money Bank and slowly back. For each stop for Pictures or kiosk we stopped as we want.

Back in the Hotel, we got a friendly welcome by Jan (2nd Manager Yap Divers). He explained us the dive center including dive plan. It seems all very organized and it was really like it seemed before: organized, friendly, recommened, with good insider tips. Many thanks also to Jan.

The Manta Ray Bay Hotel was completely and expensive new built a few year ago, so everything is very clean. The rooms are comfortable, nice decoration and a very good atmosphere (you could found manta rays in many variances: pictures, wood carving etc.). It´s a perfect hotel for a perfect vacation. The rooms were really nice, the bathroom clean and nice, balconeys with nice view and all very close to the dive center.
A next highlight is the restaurant: we prefered it absolutely. It´s an old indonesian shooner, the “Mnuw”. It was built into a restaurant with nice view and it stays in the bay. Eating on a restaurant-boat – like we never had before in this style. The food is really good – for everyone´s favour. Breakfast was enough with many variances and very good quality. You could also order a fresh omlette

Alex was our dive guide and we think, we could not find a better one there. With Henry, our captain, we built a perfect group. We had them nearly alone for us at this time. They were a great team, known eachother perfect for long years, so safety and helping their guest was everything. Both had so much xxxx(Lebensfreude), friendlyness and also the love for detail (macro) during the diving, even if the highlights should be the manta rays. We made 10 dives with them and we were happy as many as we could be. Our wishes were completely fulfilled: Manta reays, sharks, south trip to canyons, mandarin fishes and so on. Every highlight we got, before going back to Palau. So many of our nicest dives during the 3 weeks holidays in micronesia was done in Yap.

All the boat and dive crew was perfect, what we could see on the other boats. Bill Acker brought a perfect harmony into this dive center.
The divecenter “Yap Divers” do also have Nitrox, 12+15liter bottles (INT), three pools for cleaning of the equipment. They have xxxxx(Schränke) for put the closed for drying and a big space for foto-/video to prepare your underwater-camera with lights, xxxxx(Lupe) for an optimal control of your equipment. Also the offers small stuff for divers in a small shop. Further more they do have own boats – for small and bigger groups – and sometimes you were lucky to have a dive with Bill Acker personally.

The dive centre change the dive sites every day. Usually you do two or three dives a day. If there are additional enquires and enough people, they will do a night dive, south tour, shark feeding (but I don´t prefer and you don´t need to feed the sharks, even if the come to the dive site without the food in a very clear water and for a long time – like we had). They don´t have a “house reef“, but you don´t need, because most places are very close to the dive center/hotel.

Where it will be the best place there? We think, at Manta and shark place, but we did not had any bad dive there!

If you still haven´t enough positive information: Don´t be afraid, if won´t be able to come there.. it´s your turn and you could choose such a good holiday like we had.

I have to thank Roger Tours (Roger, Margit & Team) und direct Thomas (Rogertours Frankfurt) for offering us these beautyful holiday and I have to thank the whole team of the island Yap @ Manta Ray Bay / Yap Divers to make it perfect for Thomas & me.

Simone & Thomas

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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 meet.read 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 Yap.read 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 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
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