Magical Manta Moment

This is one of those moments that you never forget… the day a Yap Manta Ray gave you the full eye contact investigation pass in epic slow motion. This is my first sequence of photos that look like the Manta Ray came to the cleaning station to watch the humans – this Ray over-delivered on the up-close natural Manta encounter promise that Yap offers all year. All of this happened within arm’s reach of our 6 person dive group and immediately upon arriving at the cleaning station.

Yap Manta Ray Up Close

Any closer than this and we’d be touching them. Sometimes these overhead passes happen so slowly that you find yourself not exhaling for about 15 seconds while you are eye-to-eye one of these passing by at just over hover speed. This ray conducted a full figure-8 investigation pass right behind our heads.

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This was our guest’s first right-beside-you manta ray encounters. After an hour, I let our guide know and kicked back through the lagoon to the boat. There were three to four animals at the site throughout the dive.

You know it was a good dive when the boat captain still has them by the tank valve and they’re already telling you their story… “Oh man, as soon as you left two or three more showed up and they went right over the top of our heads!”. That’s what I call a “goggles on” customer satisfaction rating, when the story gets told with goggles still on.

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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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