Scuba Diver Girls – Blogger’s Tour


Today was the blogger tour of Yap diving with the girls. It says “Frontier Diving” on the first page of the brochure, so we did just that and hit the water with an open adventure plan, 12 tanks of Nitrox and lunch.


Our first stop was the local cleaning station for the mantas deep inside the lagoon in M’il Channel.

Diving at Stammtisch is a shallow static dive that is incredible when there’s mantas swirling around for your whole tank – without mantas and it’s a nature waiting game in low vis.

Turns out Margo has about the same attention span that I do, so the manta diving plan was modified a bit.


We moored up at the cleaning station site, put on our snorkels and went to do a little bit of reconnaissance. We spent about half an hour freediving the area and didn’t see any action, so we left the lagoon and rode out into the blue to dive whatever we found interesting.

IMG_1936We stopped at the fish attractant devices, were searching for bird activity and bait balls, came across some spinner dolphins and worked out way down south along the outer reef.

After a 30 minute boat ride we decided to dive at Cabbage Patch, a sloping coral wall with depths that range from 25 feet to well beyond Nitrox range.


IMG_1940The visibility today was what I would consider extended Yap visibility.

It’s rare to dive outside the reef with less than 100 feet of vis, however this afternoon, we had double that, it was stunning.

Margo commented that it was confusing to gauge her depth the water was so clear and later on said that was the clearest water she has ever been in.

So far so good, Yap scored huge points today on its blue water reef environment, not just for the clear water, but the coral formations and sea life.

We came across schools of jacks and snappers, white tip reef sharks, the whole id card of reef life and a cuttle fish on our first dive.

We had the entire reef to ourselves today, the only boat on that side of the island with killer conditions.

On our surface interval the ladies worked on their tans while we slowly motored south and scanned the horizon for activity.

Our second stop is a site we now call Buenavista, known for wild reef topography and a lot of life.


With even better visibility than the first dive, we came across at least 5 turtles. At one point we all were shooting our own turtle with our cameras at different depths and came across a couple more shortly after.

IMG_2122Diving these walls can be done at any depth. We went down close to MOD and could see the reef disappear into infinite blue.

Colorful overhangs with eels peeking out of holes, fish schools and swim throughs big enough for a Scuba Diver Girl and my camera rig decorated the environment.


Tomorrow the Ackers are taking the ladies on a personal tour of the Caverns and southern most walls… aside from the very tip of the reef, this is about as good as it gets.

IMG_2151The girls made it a point to say that they’ve only seen one other place with nicer coral walls out of all the places they’ve been in the world.

Stephanie and I have been stretching our tanks out and after the dive Margo grabbed her snorkel and met us on our safety stop for some photo bombs.

The water was irresistible this afternoon.

Our second surface interval included lunch that was pre-ordered the night before on the Mnuw. We sat around talking about everything we saw, catching some sun and being stoked on the way things turned out.


There was a lot of positive feedback about the vibe in Yap, you really feel like you’re on vacation here.

There’s nothing registering except the diving and the diving.

After lunch and a bikini surface interval, we rounded the southern tip of the island and went to Eagle’s Nest where we’ve had some ripping dives lately.


We rolled into less visibility, but more current and down here current means life. This dive was called an aquarium on a conveyor belt a few weeks ago.

IMG_2257Today it didn’t disappoint.

We got right into a school of rainbow runner, followed by chevron barracuda, then a lone proper barracuda, grey reef sharks, a huge napoleon wrasse, all the reef fish, a big marble sting ray in a sandbox and finally a white spotted eagle ray hovering in the current.

We left at 9AM and returned after 4PM, it was a full day on the water. This is the kind of diving that is available all year round in Yap, today the girls and I logged some solid reef dives.

IMG_2310 As far as gear talk went today, Suunto was ringing in loud.

Somehow on our manta snorkel, my air-integrated, dive computer in freedive mode had a seizure after a few 20 foot exploration dives at the cleaning station.

It’s now after 9PM and I’m still in deco according to my watch. I dove a D6 all day today. The only downside was when we were all at over 100 feet too long, it was a Suunto alarm concert on the coral wall.


That was the blogger dive plan. I like diving big clear water sites with current and a lot to look at. Another positive attribute about diving here is that any day the schedule can be adjusted for whatever you want, even a nap in the sun.

This week we still have some night diving to do, sharks to school up and some island / culture touring to get on… right after the girls get their Yap driver’s licenses. Check up on facebook with the Scuba Diver Girls and Manta Ray Bay Resort for other photos and updates.



Availability & Reservations

Jendrik Schroeder
Jendrik Schroeder
15:18 15 Jun 19
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
stacey blake
stacey blake
16:26 20 Mar 19
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
Shaun Suliol
Shaun Suliol
11:48 12 Mar 19
The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco
04:49 22 Jan 19
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
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
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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 more
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 more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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
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