Kiwi’s in Paradise

We have just had the pleasure of welcoming back Tom & Shirley Wills and their granddaughter Rireanna.  This was their 4th trip to Yap and needless to say, they are now truly part of the Manta Ray Bay Resort family.  Tom and Shirley are originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, where Rireanna lives with her parents when not traveling with Grandma and Grandpa on diving trips.  The Wills ran several successful businesses in New Zealand before finally settling in the Cook Islands where they managed and owned the Palm Grove Resort.  During the Wills’ tenure at Palm Grove, the resort regularly ran 90% full for the year and was hugely successful.  Now retired, the Wills enjoy traveling and are avid members of the Golden Oldies Rugby Association.  They also avidly follow Rugby 7’s around the world.

It’s people such as Tom, Shirley and Rireanna that make being in the hospitality industry such a pleasure.  We wish them a safe journey home and look forward to the next time we are together again.  Who knows, maybe in the Cook Islands with our good friend Greg Wilson from Cook Island Divers the islands’ best, most complete dive operation and the founder of diving in the Cooks.

 

Tom & Shirley ready for diving. Notice the fine Kiwi hat on Tom.

Rireanna ready to roll-in to dive with the sharks at Vertigo

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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
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