It’s European Show Season Once Again

Myself (Bill Acker) along with colleagues Detlef Trux and Jan Sledsens are once again preparing to depart Yap and head for the colder climates of Europe to exhibit at some of the major dive shows there. Jan will travel first as he will go home to see his family for a few days and will then be at the Paris Dive Show, the Salon de Plungée, from the 10th of January through the 14th. Jan will not have a booth this year but will be at the show all day, every day so please catch him at the show or to make an appointment, send him an e-mail at: jan@mantaray.com and he will get back to you.

From Paris, Jan travels to Düsseldorf to meet up with the rest of us for the BOOT Show from the 19 th to the 27th of January. From the BOOT, Jan will take off for Zurich and the FESPO Dive Show where he will be in the Schoener Tauchen booth with our good friends Robi and Edi Frommenwiler but before he attends FESPO, Jan will be traveling to one of my all-time favorite places – Vaduz, Lichtenstein. He will be in Vaduz, accompanied by our friends from the Turtle Foundation, to make a presentation to the members of the Lichtenstein Dive Club on the 29th of January.

Detlef departs next and will be heading home to Dresden, Germany to see his daughter Alin and granddaughter Linas. Of course Detlef’s brother Ortwin and family are there along Detlef’s son-in-law Silvio. I am sad that I won’t be accompanying him as I have had the pleasure of their hospitality a few times and it’s wonderful. After spending a week at home, Detlef will join Jan and me in Düsseldorf, Germany for the BOOT Show. We will be exhibiting in the Yap Divers’ booth which this year will be part of the Mares Dive Centers Pavilion. We have left the Quality Divers organization so please come see us in Hall 3 at booth number E62. We will be there from the 19th of January until the 27th.


I will be the last to leave Yap and I am heading around the world. First stop will be for a few hours in Manila to spend some time with my good friend Mark Mallari. Mark designs our ads and logos and he and his family are special people and good friends. From Manila, it’s on to Zurich for the night where I will travel to Basel to spend the day and evening with my good friend Chris Heim, owner of Sea Explorers in the Philippines. On Friday the 18th, I am off to Düsseldorf where I will spend the evening at my friend Frank Schneider’s village. Frank and his lovely wife Uschi will be my host for the evening.


After the BOOT Show, I fly via Irish Air (Air Lingus a first for me) to Chicago and on to Dallas, Texas where I will spend a few days with my family and help my younger brother celebrate his birthday (although a few days late). I depart Dallas on the morning of the 7th of February to attend the SSI Dealers’ Conference in San Antonio where I will have an opportunity to make a presentation to to the group as well as get the chance to meet everyone and hobnob for a few days before heading home via Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan. That will be one LONG day: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Guam and finally Yap using 3 different airlines. Detlef, Jan and myself all hope to see as many of you as possible during this jaunt through Europe.

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Yann Faure
Yann Faure
11:08 15 Jul 19
All the staff from Manta bay resort will treat you like family and make you feel at home The room was very spacious and decorated with taste The dives were very nice , especially Vertigo obviously ! Do not hesitate , just book your trip to Yap and Manta bay resort will do the rest and there will not be any bad surprise I highly recommend a stay with Bill's Acker great resort !read more
Bruce Tanner
Bruce Tanner
16:13 27 Jun 19
Completed my 7th trip to Yap this past April and it is still one of the best dive destinations and operations around. Have led groups there for those 7 years and had several repeat customers go back with me. Great staff, dive operation and beautiful hotel. And the diving is diverse and just awesome. Many of the staff have become friends and it always a treat to be greeted by name upon arrival and around the hotel. Since diving is the premier attraction the island is a paradise of relaxation and laid back attitude. If you haven't been to this area of the world you should really consider it. Bill Acker, owner and all around good guy, can help you make travel plans for visiting Yap and other great destinations in Micronesia.read more
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 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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