Proud To Be A Mares Man

A few years ago, I approached the Mares contingent at the BOOT Show in Düsseldorf, Germany requesting them to consider Yap Divers for membership in the Mares Dive Center Program. From the moment they accepted us, I have been dedicated to the Mares’ brand – because they make good equipment, they stand behind what they make and the people working at Mares are some of the finest I have met in the dive industry. As part of the agreement between Mares and Yap Divers, our rental equipment is Mares, our staff all use Mares gear and of course my wife Patricia and I use Mares gear. I believe they want me to use their gear because 1) they hope that I will influence other divers to use Mares gear and 2) they want me to test their gear and give them feedback.
Over the years, I have had the same arrangement with two other brands and I always thought that part of what they wanted from me was feedback regarding their gear. To my surprise, neither of those brands ever listened to anything I suggested. I have now found a company that does just the opposite. They want feedback and they listen. Case in point is the new Mares Icon integrated computer with an HD color screen. This is the top of the line computer for Mares and from the moment I started using it, I had concerns which I expressed to the appropriate people at Mares. The more I tried to use the computer, the more concerns I had until I finally told them that I simply couldn’t recommend the computer to my customers. I returned my Icon to the Mares staff at the Scuba Show in Long Beach this year and changed Mares computers for a dive trip I was taking to Indonesia aboard the Dive Damai live-aboard fleet (www.dive-damai.com).

 

Me on the dive deck of Damai Dua in Indonesia with my "new" Icon computer

One thing about Mares is that you get to talk directly to the people responsible. At Long Beach, I gave my computer back to Sergio the person who designed the Icon computer and the person whom I had been sending my concerns to. The next day Sergio brought my computer back to me and told me that he had installed the latest firmware update which took into account my comments, as well as comments from other Mares gear testers. The screens looked better, they performed better and my main concern, battery life, was fixed and fixed in grand style. I couldn’t believe that a simple firmware update could complete change the entire computer.
I am proud to say that the “new” Icon is 1000 times different and better than the older version, that Sergio has done a tremendous job with the computer and to my way of thinking the Icon is the world’s best dive computer. It now does everything, and more, that I wanted in the first place and I am proud to have played a small part in the evolution of this computer. If you are looking for dive gear, do yourself a favor and try the new line of Mares gear. If you live in the United States and are under the belief that Mares has problems with their product, you are living in the past. An entire new set of people are now in charge, new distribution center and much better service all around. The new Mares Company is a force in the market and I am very proud that Yap Divers is a Mares Dive Center. Come visit us and dive with new Mares gear.

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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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