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If you didn’t know we have a new face on the reef, you should sign up to get the latest news articles and special offers – the Manta Report newsletter. Here’s a special article from the latest edition, introducing NOLA, Yap’s newest resident Manta Ray.

Newest Yap Manta Ray Identified, NOLA Say hi to Nola, our newest identified Yap Manta Ray.

Things might not look like a Manta Ray research laboratory around here, but behind the scenes the Yap Divers efforts work as a pillar supporting the government backed Manta Ray preservation program.

During Manta Fest 2012 we collected hundreds of gigabytes of photography and ran that through the Yap database analyzer, which is a hand sorting process of photo identification. Each clear full belly shot is cross-referenced with the hundred or so individually identified resident Manta Rays on file.

Identifying a new resident animal is a good sign that the Manta Ray population is growing and healthy.

Another key ingredient is the length of time the dive team has been working together on this project. The Yap Divers team sees these animals on a daily basis and two weeks ago a new face was in the water with markings that were not immediately familiar, this all started on the reef and was confirmed back in the office.

During the photography festival Judy Bennett from New Orleans got to name this Ray. That’s how the name NOLA came about.

Thanks Judy and congratulations on leaving a permanent mark on Yap with your camera.

Yap Resident Manta Ray, Nola


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Availability & Reservations

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.
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