Manta Mating Season Diving

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IMG_0293 IMG_0380 This is the time of year when everything manta happens in front of dive groups, with the exception of giving birth, every behavior is seen, typically in multiple animal encounters.

Dive reports coming off the dock this morning boasted a 20-manta cleaning station dive.

Surprise encounters during channel drifts in M’il are more frequent and all the behavior is happening.

We’re seeing juveniles, pregnant females, courting males and the true residents that we see almost any given day.

Manta ray-based eco-tourism was born in Yap and it’s still one of the special places in the world where you can dive with these animals all year. IMG_0727

IMG_0899-EditMantas aren’t the only thing mating right now.

It’s cuttlefish season everywhere on the outer reef.

Dive reports started popping up with pairs of these at sites on the Pacific as well as the Philippine Sea reefs.

As many as six cuttlefish were encountered on the same dive.

Love must be in the air, er… water.

During our citizen science shark dives we were informed that every female shark at Vertigo was pregnant – both the black tip and grey reef sharks.

New moons add a different spin on the diving, it’s when everything macro is sitting on, tending to or has a mouth full of eggs.

This moon cycle was very good to the SIM cards with very cooperative cuttlefish.

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Manta Mania 2014

Manta mating season now means, Manta Mania.

Manta Ray Bay Resort held our first annual big animal citizen science symposium in cooperation with Julie Hartup, Micronesian manta project leader with Manta Trust.

We designed a unique dive package that included research and conservation workshops, specialty dives, a private beach party, culture tours, picnics, exploration diving and hands-on citizen science.

Check out the party report and see what this small group of manta maniacs did during their stay in Yap.

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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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