New group trip – Made in Switzerland

New group trip set for next April – don’t miss it!

Travelling with a Swiss group is about the most laid back thing to happen to a diver. The good news: Tour Operator Hang Loose and its owner Urs Maring, who has put together hand-selected travel packages for many years, will soon set up his second group trip to Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers for next April. For inquiries, please contact Urs:

OK, now the long version…

The diving world obviously is a small one, and seeing fellow divers spotting Manta Ray Bay shirts and shorts from our boutique on other trips, is always a treat, of course. Still I was really caught off guard when I saw six(!) of my Swiss dive buddies on a Manta Ray Bay dress code mission for dinner. On a liveaboard trip to Isla de Coco, Costa Rica… wow! Definitely a good reason to ask how they liked staying with us on that certain last night of a dive cruise…

DSC_2866 [800x600]Get your wings at Manta Ray Bay Resort!
„Impressive to say the least was the encounter with the mantas in Mi’l Channel. While it was expected, it still was unexpected somehow. One second the water coloumn was empty, a blink of an eye later they were already there, hovering closer and closer on their wings.“

„Yes, that is when I felt so awe-struck I almost had tears in my eyes. My girlfriend Christine, who is ‘only’ snorkelling was looked after in a very loving way. She was able to witness the mantas from the surface while we did the same diving. The guides… well, we felt real trust there and that is special. When we arrived, Jan and Detlef were immediately there for us. We did combine Palau and Yap back then in late 2011, but the next time we will surely spend much more time in Yap. Apart from the great diving, there is just a very natural way of ‘just being’.“

„I really, really also liked the personal atmosphere, the feeling when you’ve arrived, the own microbrewery, Bill himself – it really is a world of its own.“

„If I think of Yap I automatically think of Vertigo. Many grey sharks and diving in a visibility… like diving in gin. Not to forget the mantas!“

„Yap… (laughing)… isn’t that the place where people call mantas by name? And where you will find the best wahoo sashimi in the world. In all honesty: You just don’t stay just in Palau and miss out on Yap – that’s simply a no-go!“

„I just say: Stammtisch and Vertigo – two sensational spots. To be repeated over and over again. Outstanding visibility meets mantas meets sharks meets diversity. These are some of the best dive sites I have ever seen in the world!”

Wow, such kind words in the end of a liveaboard trip to Cocos Island – and now that is great company when it comes to the very pinnacle of dive spots – that really made my day!

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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 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.
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
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