Reef tour with Alex and a surprise

Yap Divers Reef Tour with Alex This afternoon on a 3rd dive, Alex took us on a Pacific side reef tour that gave us a little surprise. We rolled off the boat together and turned over to see 100+ feet of vis and a swarm of humphead wrasse on our way down the reef slope. After gliding down to about 90 feet we leveled off and cruised the current south.

You see something new everyday, even if you’re one of Bill’s oldest dive guides. Nobody has more bottom time on this island than Bill and his team, after nearly 30 years, it’s just a figure that nobody can catch. Not a lot slips by one of these guys and today Alex showed his experience.

Alex pointing out a Yap Crocodile FishOur surprise was this Crocodile Fish in deep water. I was next to Alex and when I saw him looking back for divers as he was reaching for his bell, I scanned the area but didn’t see anything. After a jingle of the bell, I still didn’t see anything. Then he pointed just below his bc onto the corral.

“That’s different, we usually only see these in the channel…” were Alex’s words when we got back on the boat. A cool surprise for all of us. The crocodile fish is an easy photo target, it takes a lot to get one of these guys to break their ambush position.

Yap Crocodile Fish on Plate CorralThe guest wildlife reports have been rich, this morning on a Manta dive a crew came back with video of a huge nurse shark and sting ray before watching several Mantas hover over divers at the Valley of the Rays cleaning station. Big animals are in the channels and Bill’s dive guides are putting people right up on the action.

Yap Reef Fish
It seems like with the sun came everything else, the clear water, the Mantas and there’s nothing but smiles from the divers at the resort. Several things have happened in the last few days, the weather went from grey and stormy to nice, spring tides have been bringing the clear blue right up to the island’s edge and everything on the reef has come out to play. It’s a great time to be on the island and in the water.

1 thought on “Reef tour with Alex and a surprise”

  1. Thanks for the post Brad.
    After having spent a very lovely holiday at the end of June/start of July this year we have nothing but wonderful memories of a sensational diving holiday. All the team at Manta Ray Bay Resort are just lovely and work to ensure that divers are not only treated to great dives but care is taken with great food, fabulous service and amazing facilities.
    The next best thing is “Liking” the Facebook page so that we are kept up to date with posts like these.
    Thanks
    Helen & Robert Bath

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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.
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