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IMG_7237Goofnuw Channel, or “Valley of the Rays”, is Yap’s seasonal manta diving area on the East side of the island.

Yesterday was our first dive there of the year, and it was a smokin’ log entry for all of us.

The start of my day’s take was a Manta coming to a complete stop facing the current and hovering right above me and my camera at the channel bottom.

Each manta dive site comes with it’s own experience or interaction with the rays. Here in Goofnuw Channel the action happens in outbound current. Rays whip around and bank here. During our safety stop a young male strafed our group and gave a guest the high-five pass at speed.

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IMG_7144The summer months means calm seas, a lot of sun and a breeze. Flat water brings the vis up to spectacular and the entire island is divable.

Get Hooked Up…

There’s going to be some smokin’ deals going around soon that are full itineraries with dive plan and activities.

The first of these to roll out will be to fans of the Scuba Diver Girls – if you want blue water shark-rich Yap, this is your deal.

These packages will be available for booking anytime between now and December 2016. If you don’t feel like waiting to hear about these, I’m sure you can email bill@mantaray.com and ask him if you can get the details.

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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
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