Kayaking Yap

Discover Yap by kayak and enjoy a half or better yet a full day, unique experience in the diverse mangrove systems of Yap. This is the perfect way to explore one of the few ecosystems on this planet that remains untouched by man.

Among the mangroves you will go were none can go but by kayak. There are no roads, no way to bring a powered boat in and no habitation, there is but you and nature.

See some of the wild bird life endemic to Yap with your host Patricia Acker, wife of hotel manager Bill Acker. Charming, knowledgeable and capable are words that have aptly been used to describe the manager of Yap’s Planet Blue Kayak Tours.

Born and raised on Yap, Patricia knows the local fauna and wildlife as well as anyone. She is pleased and proud to introduce the lucky few who join her personally guided tours to “her” island. A mother of 4, she is an avid student of local medicine and on her tours she is more than happy to share her wealth of knowledge about the Yapese people and their folklore as well as their ancient traditions of herbal medicine. If you bring a snorkel, you might even get a chance to observe the Archerfish as it spits jets of water several feet into the overhanging vegetation to knock down insects.

EquipmentKayaking Rates

kayaks-smOur Perception kayaks combine great performance with generous storage capacity. The upswept hull design provides for speed and gives smooth and predictable handling and directional stability in rough conditions. Perception kayaks are considered the best sea kayaks in the world.

Our current kayak fleet consists of 9 single and 4 double kayaks. They all have adjustable seats, thigh straps and foot pegs. The 4 double kayaks have rudders which make steering easier.

Our Werner paddles, composed of carbon fibers, weigh under 34 ounces (the lightest in the industry). They are ideal for use by novice as well as expert paddlers. The dihedral power face used with this blade is the key to delivering the flutterless balanced strokes that make these paddles so easy to handle. They are full sized blades that provide secure brace and a lot of power when needed.


1⁄2 day Kayak tour $69/person
Full day Kayak tour $109/person
All kayak tours include water, soft drinks and fruits. Full day tour includes lunch.

Availability & Reservations

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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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