Hall of Fame Diver

Since 2000 the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame has recognized the dedicated enthusiasts who have contributed the most to the sport of Scuba diving the world over. This year, Bill Acker is being inducted into the fraternity of scuba diving legends.

Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

IMG_2684-2Bill’s scuba diving journey started as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, 1976. Ten years later Yap’s first dive operation was established along with island tourism creating the first local economic product here.

Yap’s manta rays, reef sharks, exotic grass skirt culture and clear water reef diving has been the allure for tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world since 1986.

Nearly 30 years later and Bill’s still serving up Yap, in and out of the water.

Being a dive pioneer can’t be easy, but being a pioneer on a remote island with no roads back in the 80’s is a feat that took Texas-sized drive.

Mentored by Hall of Fame dive pioneer and publisher of Skin Diver Magazine, the late Paul Tzimoullis, Bill developed manta ray diving, and established the value in it’s conservation.

Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers is still the only dedicated dive facility, and micro-brewery – let’s not forget that nobody else is handcrafting beer here either.

Salute to the man who started it all in Yap and put this little-known island on the map of places in the world you have to see at least once. The official ceremony is going down in Grand Cayman this October and the details are available on the Scuba Hall of Fame webpage.

2 thoughts on “Hall of Fame Diver”

  1. Dear Bill, as my inspiration in the diving industry- you have been in the “hall of fame” for a lot of us for a long time already. Take care Sir- and God bless you. Farhat “Raf” Jah. (Swahili Divers)

  2. I cant think of a more deserving recipient. also Bills extended Yapese family who have been an integral part of things since day one.

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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
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