Shark Encounters

Yap Shark Encounter Dive with Yap Divers

Thanks to the Manta Ray Sanctuary program, started by Bill and backed by the State govt, all big animals benefit from the habitat protection. The lagoon and mangrove areas are important for the sharks, as well as the Manta Rays. Yap is a big animal ecological reserve and the result is a healthy population of not-that-shy reef sharks that don’t mind divers, cameras, strobes or boats. Here’s a weekday morning on the East reef.

Yap Shark Encounter Dive at Vertigo with Yap Divers Yap Grey Reef Shark Encounter Dive with Yap Divers

Vertigo, a 20 minute boat ride from the Resort, is where shark dives are happening everyday, year round. This day we brought about 8 guests and a wire box of fish bones. This type of shark dive has everything but the feeding, the bait just brings everything in closer for longer.

Yap Shark Diving with Yap Divers

Yap Shark Photography Dive with Yap Divers

This is how you can get as close as you want to these animals while they circle the reef.

Photographers can work around the reef wall shooting 360 degrees of shark behavior as long as you want.

Sharks in the blue, making tight turns between divers and swimming right up to your lens making eye contact.

Mostly Grey Reef sharks with a mix of Black Tip and, occasional, White Tips anywhere between 3 and 7 feet long make up this group of animals.

Yap Shark Dive

Black Tip Reef Shark in YapThere’s every opportunity to photograph these sharks from being under the corral head with them, or in the clear blue.

Dropping down the wall and watching the shark school from depth offers a surreal view.

This is also a popular snorkeling site due to the closeness of the encounters, you don’t need scuba, the show is almost as good at the surface.

We are ramping up the shark education and diving with Dr. Erich Ritter where we’ll be learning more about these animals, their behavior and diving with them and shark scientists in the last week of May.

Call or email Bill for travel tips, flights, routes or booking questions.

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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 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
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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