Lagoon Diving

Today, we’re lagoon diving. The wind makes for a rough outer reef final dive day boat ride, on a Friday no less. We kept it inside this morning. Our group of guests from Germany received the whole dive menu during their week, from mantas and sharks to ripping blue water wall dives and, this afternoon, they wrapped it up at the macro site.

Things have the potential to get interesting over here these next few months. We have a guide in town for the season who doesn’t mind too much excitement on a dive… the fish story is that a plastic bottle being crinkled underwater gets oceanics to appear out of the blue. It gets better. One time, out at cabbage patch and at 140 feet, during this bottle trick, Collin was knocked out and had his mask smashed off of his face by a big silver tip. The plan is to try this with camera backup.

Meanwhile back in the lagoon, we did the closest dive site to the dock, Slow and Easy. This is where you’ll find more “little stuff” in a small area.

Today’s wildlife roster was rich with Nudibranchs, all the Gobi/blind shrimp were darting in an out of their houses across the sand bottom with fish school silhouettes above.

There’s enough to see that you only need a few things pointed out. A giant white manta shrimp or yellow white and pink leaf fish are always around if you know where to look.

Today we saw multiple nudi’s hanging around doing whatever nudi’s do, and pairs seem to come in the same color and pattern. Also today were some big fat nudi’s on the reef.



Along with all the small stuff, I spooked a black tip out of the shallows. Sometimes we see turtles and other big things here and once a baby manta ray at night… but now that’s like the silver tip story, what good is it without a picture? That’s two in one post, so I owe you one. Collin’s getting the request to get us a silver tip before his seasonal tour is up.

2 thoughts on “Lagoon Diving”

  1. Please allow me to introduce myself Iam a man of weath and taste. I have been around a long, long year. Stole many A man’s soul and faith.

    Back on my beloved Island, Will things get interesting? A good start, Find myself by accident and request with our group of Germans, containing one Brit and and American. Take them into the Blue to check their bouyancy control.

    Pleased to meet you, Hope you guess my name.

    Positive aggressive reaction by the the grey reef sharks, several charges happening with frank getting a bump during some frantic action, no sign of the big stuff yet.

    I watched with glee. While your kings and queens, Fought for ten decades For the god they made.

    A three day window that appears once a month to execute one of Yap’s finest dives is closed out by the weather. Teddy bear gets thrown out of the pram.

    Thank you to the group for allowing me to play with you.

    Pleased to meet you, Hope you guess my name. X

  2. Sounds like the local vegetables have been rolled and engulfed with that last comment. Fond memories of the macro dives there in the lagoon, and on O’Keefe Island for the Mandarins, good times. Keep it up fellas, catch you soon.

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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 more
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16:03 03 Mar 18
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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 more
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21:01 21 Jul 18
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04:10 02 Aug 18
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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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Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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