Yap Divers 4 Sharks

October 12th to 26th, 2019

Divers 4 Sharks Event

Special dives • presenting shark activist • daily shark conservation workshops • evening media presentations • photo contest • eco-tours • beach party • traditional village dance

Join us for two weeks learning about international shark conservation, while diving Yap. We have shark ecology presentations, photography workshops and an image contest – combined with all of our best dives and eco-tours, including a shark photo shoot during sunset at Vertigo.

Divers for Sharks Shark Angels

Event Partners

We are working with Divers 4 Sharks and the Shark Angels on shark conservation and awareness among scuba divers, as well as local students via online education as part of this program.
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Shark Ecology Presenter

Penguim conservation presenter Paulo Guilherme, a Brazilian dive legend a.k.a. “Penguin” was born on 1969. As a result of medical orders he took to swimming at 8 years old, which led to a growing empathy between him and water, leading all the way to SCUBA diving. It was precisely due to his contact with the deep, in oceans and seas, that Penguin developed an enthusiasm towards marine wildlife, becoming one of its staunchest defenders and internationally recognized for his combative efforts to protect marine ecosystems.

Pengin is undoubtedly one of the most relevant environmental activists among the world´s diving professionals. Co founder of Divers for Sharks Campaign and founding Director of the Onda Azul Marine Studies Center. He was awarded the coveted Platinum Pro 5000 Award for more than 7,500 dives, at Dema in Las Vegas.

Participants can attend daily workshop presentations, run exclusive dive plans, have meet and greet at Happy Hour with the presenters and hosts as well as watch media presentations at the Crow’s Nest bar by your event host, Paulo Guilherme, co-founder of Divers 4 Sharks.

We will be looking for all of Yap’s sharks in the water with dive plans that provide the best opportunities to encounter several species.

Attend a photography workshop and submit 2 images at the end of your trip to be judged in a photo contest with sponsor prizes.

See the best of Yap with eco-tours, a private beach bbq and a traditional village dance.

Shark Diving

Vertigo with bait & M’il channel/ridge: “Meet our resident reef sharks”
Guaranteed interaction with at least three species of reef sharks. Interact with Grey reef and Black tip reef sharks at Vertigo (photographer’s favorite), then drift M’il channel to observe white tip reef shark’s daytime behavior with schools of Jacks and Snapper.

Yap Caverns & Eagle’s Nest
Outer reef shark encounters. Most commonly found on the outer reef are Grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks with infrequent encounters that include nurse sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks, silvertips, hammer heads, leopard and (once) a whale shark. Visit a known shark cleaning station at Yap Caverns for possible behavior interactions.

Yap Corner and Vertigo until dusk
Guaranteed Grey reef and Black tip reef shark encounters in the afternoon just before sunset. Observe behavior changes as the sharks become more active at the end of the day. Stay and shoot sunset shark splits for the photography contest.

Magic Kingdom and Big Bend
Rare pelagic encounters that include Tiger and Silvertip sharks happen where the walls drop the deepest. Drift dive over a diverse hard coral forest with reef sharks, schools of fish, turtles, cleaning stations and chance encounters of larger pelagic sharks.

Southern Tip
Gilman and Lionfish walls afford divers the opportunity to see most of Yap’s shark and fish life. See reef sharks, turtles, pelagic fish and schools of fish with seasonal groups of juvenile Grey reef sharks.

shark collage diving

Workshop Schedule

Welcome meeting, photography contest overview and presentation: The global situation of sharks, by Penguin.

Yap sharks: ecology of reef sharks (species, environment, habits, diving)

Diving with sharks around the world: a look at the development of shark diving and where to see different species

Saving the sharks from extinction: measures for conservation of species and environments, importance of diving and ecotourism, etc.

Package Includes

  • Hotel Room
  • Daily 2-tank dive
  • Breakfast
  • Wake-up service
  • Photo Contest Entry
  • Island tour
  • Traditional dance
  • Private Beach BBQ
  • Snorkel / kayak a shark nursery
  • Airport Transfers & Taxes

4, 7, 10 and 14 night packages

• 4 night / 6 dives from: $1,039

• 7 night / 10 dives from: $1,709

• 10 night / 16 dives from: $2,399

• 14 night / 22 dives from: $3,239

Combination 10% discount when booking BOTH Marine Biology Weeks and Yap Divers 4 Sharks (1 week minimum) packages.


Drop us a line and we can send more information on this special event.

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 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
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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