Manta Mating Season

Manta mating season has the reef swirling with courting rays and with the recent moon cycle, we’ve had outstanding visibility in the lagoon. Every spring the activity and the number of mantas seen increases during their mating season. The best way to view these animals is in small groups just out of arm’s reach and overhead.

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threemantasWith conditions like these, it’s hard to beat a dive at the local cleaning station with our resident rays.

Sometimes the mantas pass overhead so slow that not breathing isn’t an option, we try not to put bubbles in their path, but a hovering manta could be there longer than divers can keep from breathing.

A couple of guests from New York had a face to face Manta encounter that lasted minutes.

The ray being cleaned hovered over the finger coral long enough for me to snap dozens of photos of their moment.

An extended face-to-face manta encounter in clear blue water is an unforgettable Yap diving experience.

Right now is the time to be with these animals, every day guests are getting the whole Yap manta promise.

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Diving here is as close as you can get to Manta Ray in the wild without touching it and the best part is, they come right up to you.

Once in a while the cleaning pass has a burst of action when a cleaner fish picks at a sensitive spot on the animal.

A couple of irritated flaps and the cleaners retreat to the finger coral to come back out after the manta returns to a calm hover.

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mantasoutofblueWhile most of the action is on top of the reef in shallow water, the mantas approach from the blue and you can see them as they come and go.

When the reef is busy with manta activity there’s a ray coming in with each ray going back out to the blue.

These mantas have no problem flying right overhead when departing the cleaning station which make great photo ops.

As far as Manta Ray photography goes, this is the place to fill your SD card with graceful rays.

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mantaovernitroxtankHaving to duck a passing manta isn’t an uncommon move at this dive.

The guest in this photo spent several minutes with her head turned sideways looking up at the manta circling above.

You can get up close to the cleaning action and get face-to-face, or hang back and experience the transiting overhead passes, either way you position yourself you can almost be bumped by these animals on your dive.

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mantainclearwaterThis is not an exceptional day diving with these mantas and this is the activity that you can expect during your dive trip, during mating season.

Yap is still the dive destination where you are guaranteed manta encounters like these.

Bill offers a money-back guaranteed dive package that  you get up close with a manta, all year round.

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Finding Flights to Yap

RightSideBar_FlightInfo_000Did you know that Air China connects Europe to Asia and can get you here with shorter layovers? If you weren’t told about all of your options on flight routes, you should ask Bill. He’s still offering anyone free itinerary options that you can purchase through an agent, online, through him or with a wholesaler.

For Americans traveling to Micronesia there’s more than one way to cross the Pacific; via Tokyo or Hawaii and depending on your departing airport, you could reduce your travel time (and budget) by an entire flight.

Last week he was able to help a group traveling to Chuuk/Truk and Yap, who almost didn’t make the trip because they couldn’t find flights that worked with their travel window. After emailing Bill, they received multiple itinerary options which they chose and purchased on their own.

Every day Bill answers people’s email on creating travel itineraries to all of Micronesia. When you start thinking about your trip, ask Bill about travel so that you know all of your options before making a decicion.

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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
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
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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