Manta Mating – Dive Photos


These days the manta diving is exciting. The daily hour at Stammtisch is as good as it gets during this season and lately we’ve had some ripping times with these guys.


Typically these things just glide right over you, behind you and in front of you while getting cleaned.

This dive had both, there was a ray  or two getting cleaned and a mating train of eight whipping around us.

It must have been close to the act because these things were coming in at burst speeds and getting acrobatic over the reef.

It was like a Red Bull air race and proximity was tight, even with us.



We have some guests that are new divers as well as a family with a father/daughter doing their first solo open water dives with Bill.

This is how to set your bar to the highest level right out of the gate with your first dive log entries.

Watching this is super cool, everything starts out in a single file and at some point the lead female breaks the train in flips and tight banking turns and takes off.



Of course every courting male is in hot pursuit and the next thing you know you and your dive buddy are being split by mantas at speed.

The action gets good enough that you need to keep your head on a swivel.

I had a full speed manta flyby that was followed by 7 more that could care less about me floating there.

Stammtisch is on fire.



One guest came out of the water and the second thing out of his mouth, the first being his regulator, was that he’ll be back and with friends that have to experience this.

Out of the hundreds of dives I have at this site, these days are laying down ripping reports.

When these animals dance around you, it’s something special.

December to April is the time.


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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
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 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 more
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 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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