Scuba Diver Girls – Yap Sharks!

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IMG_2985Today was shark day on the outer reef in the Philippine Sea at Vertigo, Yap’s most exciting dive site.

Yap has a healthy population of reef sharks that is still growing.

Locals say that they don’t remember seeing as many sharks as they do these recent years.

Protective legislation of the Manta Rays subsequently protects these sharks as well, and it shows in the numbers and sizes of these animals.

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Diving in Yap means seeing sharks on just about every dive, the only site we don’t interact with them is at the manta ray cleaning station in M’il channel.

IMG_2885There’s always excitement at Vertigo, you can roll in and fill your SD card any day of the year here with Grey and Black Tip reef sharks patrolling the wall and deep blue.

Today we started out freediving with the school, there’s action here at every depth so the girls hit it with a snorkel first.

 

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IMG_2912It’s exciting to get in the water with so many sharks so close.

We rolled in with a photo op plan but when the ladies were surrounded by reef sharks with a cameras in hand, all I saw was Scuba Diver Girls going in every direction.

The girls were stoked on the diving experience. Margo especially likes sharks and within minutes she was giving Yap Divers a round of applause underwater for developing such a great dive.

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IMG_2868Stephanie likes turtles more than sharks, but today she was mixing it up with the whole school.

The dive day was planned to get some freediving in so this all went down before we got on Scuba.

Both Suunto D6’s were switched in to freedive mode and the girls put on their Mares Coral 1.0 suits.

It looks just like the Reef 2.5 they dive in and can double as a first layer under their wetsuit. It was just enough protection from the sun on the surface and warmth when on a dive.

They came with an impeccable package for a tropical dive party – the girls were more than adequately setup for everything we’ve been doing, including the night action and freediving.

 

 

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IMG_3028Today they looked like Mares mermaids with Vertigo and Yap sharks as their backdrop.

Jan, Manta Ray’s 10-year veteran dive operations manager personally guided this Vertigo experience.

These ladies promote good times in the ocean with a snorkel or a tank and understand the importance of involving people and participating with our planet.

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IMG_3092We share perspectives on surface intervals and the girls bring positive ways to show others the magic of our ocean.

The future of our sport requires new people coming online as divers and the Scuba Diver Girls are doing their part for the diving industry.

They host snorkeling tours in California, as well as scuba diving, with an understanding that snorkelers become divers, and divers become advocates to preserve and protect our ocean then involve more people.

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IMG_3217Everyone has a stake in this cycle – manufacturers, operators, marketers as well as underwater photographers – and this is how we’re bringing it all together in Yap.

We rolled in and went to the edge of the reef wall for the shark spectacular that Vertigo is.

You can get as close as you feel comfortable here and be right next to the action. There’s black tip activity at the surface and a consistent grey reef presence in the blue and along the reef wall.

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Take your pick on your spectating or shooting position and get a mask full of reef shark behavior. Sharks weren’t the only thing that come out to play at Vertigo, the girls were filming three large Moray eels in the coral with the circling sharks all around… and once in a while a huge potato grouper joins the fun.

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Yap is known all over the world for its resident population of manta rays and less known for its diving diversity and booming reef shark population.

There’s something here for everybody, beginners, advanced divers, freedivers, even technical for those who really want to adventure down the reef wall.

This week the Scuba Diver Girls are helping us get the word out on what it looks like to dive here and what to expect.

Mares and Suunto are helping the Scuba Diver Girls do this in style, comfort and safety.

Its been an action packed dive week as well as a good time putting together a project that helps the sport grow and bring people to Micronesia for some blue water awesomeness and unforgettable big animal encounters.

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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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