Manta Ray Bay: a place to make friends!

Everybody knows the procedure: onto the boat, off to the dive spot, into the water, back to the dive center, and eventually everybody’s scattered to the four winds.
With both hotel and dive center located under one roof and the relaxed mood, I have always felt that Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers is a great place to meet fellow divers from all different kinds of background, regardless of nationality, profession, mentality and whatnot.

A couple of days ago I stumbled across a post on facebook that speaks volumes – that our little paradise indeed spawns proper friendships.

From left to right: Wen, Omar, Anton

Anton Sutheja and Wen Wei from Singapore stayed in Manta Ray Bay Resort in late 2008 just like Omar Hadoui, who lived in the UK at the time.
Needless to say they enjoyed their encounters with mantas and sharks. At the same time I was in Yap for the first time ever and I remember having a great week with these funny guys.
Then I was surprised to stumble across this photo more than four years later and see the three of them seated at one restaurant table.

Obviously Omar relocated to Singapore, and that’s what he says:
“This long overdue gathering in Singapore of 3 diving buddies could only happen thanks to amazing holidays in Yap Island with Manta Ray Bay Hotel where we met almost 4 years ago!! Here’s to friends around the world! :-)”

And Anton chiming in in true Anton fashion: “Wonderful pork ribs, you should come and join Omar and Wen here, mate!”

Thanks, guys, I hope to meet you again rather sooner than later! Singapore and pork ribs sound great, but I would not mind blackened sashimi and Yap Corner either!

No, his haircut is not due to lawnmower rays…

There’s REALLY no more Zero fighters, Omar!

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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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