Special Deals and a Dive Report

There’s some special deals floating around right now. Last month we gave out some upgraded dive packages with ocean front room upgrades and two speciality shark dives with some other comfortable hotel goodies… and now we’re running a two-person deal where your friend can receive a $400 discount – this is for dates between now and January 31, 2014.

It’s a refundable deposit within 30 days of your trip dates, and it comes with free flight reservation help and your lowest fare research done for you. All you need to do is email Bill and tell him that you want the discount you read about on the blog, he’ll know what you’re talking about.

Today’s Diving

We drifted over the coral gardens of Eagle’s Nest, which is where the most life can be seen when the current pumps, however today’s current was mild. There wasn’t a stack of white spotted eagle ray’s hovering over pinnacles at the end of today’s dive… but, there’s always later in the week.


Today was a white tip reef shark and huge sting ray drift. We started out on the shoulder of the barrier reef wall and had about 5 white tips weaving their patterns between our group of 5 for several minutes with close passes.


I got literally face-to-face with a big marble ray in a white bottom sand box.

This guy had no tail at all, which is why I didn’t mid getting close. It also gave it a strange UFO-like appearance.

The next ray I came across was a big feather tail that had a stinger, but was a tad shyer than the marble ray.


This dive is really fun when you don’t have to use your fins.

The current can get a little wily sometimes which makes for exciting rides.

We drifted both sides of the southern-most reef tip and both dives were at non-heart pumping speeds – I call it “laying in a hammock” style drift diving.


Sharks, rays, barracuda, humphead wrasse, snapper, jacks and a ton of little fish were up out of their holes and hiding spots hovering in the mellow current. This boat group arrived last night and their first tanks were in awesome Yap visibility with life all around big and small.

We have some video guys on deck for three weeks making some Internet clips that will be shown on our Facebook feed soon… and there’s something about a waterproof remote control helicopter, so things should get interesting with the media ops.


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That’s the status on the dive dock, we’re just three weeks or so away from some Manta Fest arrivals for two weeks of photography, workshops, poolside beers, old friends and a fun crowd.

You can count on some Manta Fest media leaks again when that goes down.



Availability & Reservations

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
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!
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