SharkSchool: Endlich da

An den Anfang haben die Götter den Schweiß gesetzt: Im Fall von Yap bedeutet das im Klartext einen saftigen Langstreckenflug, der mit dem überreichten Blumenkranz (“Nunu”) aber immer ein versöhnliches Ende findet. So, als wolle einem die Südsee-Schönheit, die jeden Gast am Flughafen schmückt, sagen: “Entspann’ Dich, Du hast es geschafft!”
Als die Reisestrapazen im Ansatz verdaut waren, gingen die SharkSchool-Teilnehmer allerdings schon mit Guide Iggy auf die Pirsch. Und zwar schon um 8.30 Uhr und dann gleich für drei Tauchgänge – das ist Einsatz! Beim “Warmtauchen” war das Empfangskommittee in Form von einigen Grauhaien auch gleich zur Stelle; für Bill Acker, den Eigentümer des Manta Ray Bay Resort, ist das allerdings nur der wortwörtliche Anfang: “Morgen komme ich mit, dann werden wir an der Südspitze der Insel ködern”, verrät der texanische Manta-Flüsterer. In der Zwischenzeit werden auch acht weitere Teilnehmer aus Hawaii ankommen.

Zwei Vertreter des Empfangskomittees. (c) Brad Holland
Zwei Vertreter des Empfangskomittees.
(c) Brad Holland

Praxis so ganz ohne Theorie geht natürlich nicht, schließlich trägt die Haischule ihren Namen ja nicht umsonst. Anstelle des Restaurantschiffs Mnuw und seiner Großleinwand nahmen die Gäste aus Deutschland und Italien mit dem klimatisierten Schulungsraum des Manta Ray Bay vorlieb. Die erste Theorie-Einheit von Dr. Erich Ritter passte dabei perfekt zum Beginn der praktischen Begegnung, nämlich bei der Interaktion zwischen Mensch und Hai, etwa zu den kleinen aber feinen Unterschieden bei der Annäherung zwischen Beiden.

Dr. Erich Ritter und die SharkSchool-Teilnehmer während der ersten Theorie-Einheit - 8 weitere Teilnehmer kommen in Kürze aus Hawaii dazu. (c) Brad Holland
Dr. Erich Ritter und die SharkSchool-Teilnehmer während der ersten Theorie-Einheit – 8 weitere Gäste reisen in Kürze von Hawaii aus an.
(c) Brad Holland

 

Sein Ende fand der Abend allerdings dennoch auf der Mnuw. Das schwimmende Restaurant mit seiner Direktleitung zur Hausbrauerei ist eben besser geeignet zum gegenseitigen Beschnuppern als jeder Schulungsraum der Erde…

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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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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 Yap.read more
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 meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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
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