Manta Ray Bay Resort Staff

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Ruud van Baal

General Manager

ruudAlthough born and raised in the Netherlands Ruud spent over 20 years abroad from Switzerland in his childhood to sailing on both ocean- and river cruise ships and in seven other countries throughout his career. After graduating from the Hotel school in The Hague he joined the Holland America Line where he held the positions of Controller Marine Hotel Operations and Chief Housekeeper. It was while sailing on the ocean liners he met his wife Ritchell and after residing in the Philippines for a short period of time they settled with their first born child (Margriet) on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. It was there where Ruud got involved with managing dive resorts and enjoyed working in that environment from day one. As General Manager of Buddy Dive Resort he conducted the change in ownership in 2002 and while the parent company kept on expanding Ruud moved up to the position of Managing Director of the group being responsible for three dive dedicated resorts/properties on Bonaire. Their son Pepe was born in 2001 and in 2007 the van Baal family decided to move to Ruud’s native soil, but it took him only a few months to realize that this wasn’t his home anymore. In 2008 the family moved again to the Nature Island of Dominica where Ruud got appointed as General Manager of the Fort Young Hotel. For their children’s education however they moved back again to the Netherlands, but never found that peace of mind and setting what they were looking for. Starting up their own retail shop in exotic food, interim positions in Germany and cruising on the rivers Danube and Rhine couldn’t convince Ruud and his wife that Europe was the place where they belonged.

Knowing Bill Acker for almost 10 years Ruud started to like Bill’s suggestion to move to Yap and help him in an effort to retire. And so it happened; after 9 years Ruud found his spot and job he enjoys most; running a small, but renowned dive resort striving to become even better and more well-known than it already is.

Favorite Saying: “Everything is possible only miracles take a bit longer.”


Jenesha ‘Lee’

Front Desk Receptionist/Concierge


Lee is the youngest of the front desk team, being born on the 26th of November, 1995, but she has had a taste of the outside world having studied in the United States at the Pine Forest High School in North Carolina then did a year of college before deciding to spend some time on her home island. Having missed out on high school life in the islands, Lee is making it up by being a driving force in the local Youth Council and an advocate for higher learning for Yap’s youth.

Lee will be one of the first smiling faces amongst many that you will see once you land in Yap and she will be more than happy to share stories of her beautiful island with you.

Favorite Saying: “A rainy day in the tropics is a great way to spend time with new found friends.”


Eustracia ‘Wes’

Front Desk Receptionist


Born on the 25th of January, 1995 at the Yap Memorial Hospital making her one of the youngest members of the Manta Ray Bay team by working her way from a housekeeper to a front desk receptionist within a year of her employment. Wes graduated from the local high school and went on to study Business Administration in the local college, thus providing her with her fundamentals in being an invaluable asset to the team.

Wes will greet you with a wide smile every morning on your way to a new adventure.

Quote: “I love meeting new people because it gives me a wider view of the numerous destinations I could visit in the future.”


Maxine Bamlul

Front Desk Receptionist


Born in Yap on the 9th of October, 1988, Maxine is a city girl in Yap being a native to Colonia, Yap’s town center and ‘metropolitan’ area of the island. Maxine graduated from Yap High School in 2006 and moved to Guam to attend the University of Guam, majoring in Education. She returned in 2009 and worked at the Yap State Legislature as an administrative assistant. Maxine then wanted to expand on her career by trying out a different field which she did in 2011 when she came on board as one of our youngest receptionist.

Maxine is usually the first cheerful voice you hear in the morning when she gives you a wakeup call to go along with your complimentary coffee or tea.

Quote: “I enjoy working at the Manta Ray Bay Resort because of the family oriented atmosphere. I especially enjoy showing off my local knowledge to our guests.”


Callista “Cally” Fanapin

Front Desk Receptionist


A native to Yap, born on March 21st, 1980 and a resident of the Gagil Municipality, Cally has been with the company for ten years. After completing an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information System from the College of Micronesia, Cally did a short stint as a bartender/waitress at one of the local establishments then made the important move to the Manta Ray Family in 2002. She started out in the Manta Ray Boutique as our sales clerk and quickly worked her way to being one of our star employees as a receptionist.

Cally will greet you when you first visit us and she will be more than happy to make your stay the best in Micronesia.

Quote: “I love my job because I get to meet so many different people from around the world and I love telling them about my beautiful island and culture.”


 Theophilus “Theo” Gumang



Born in Yap on the 7th of August 1969 and graduated from Pohnpei Agriculture & Trade School (PATS) and began working for Continental Micronesia as a flight attendant for a year and a half. Began working with Bill Acker at WAAB Transportation as an insurance salesman. Moved from the insurance office to the accounting office and then moved to the hotel full time in August of 1993.

Theo trained in Japan for 2 months in 1994 as a concierge and has continued to learn the hospitality industry from the ground up. Theo will be one of the first people you meet as you arrive in Yap and he will personally insure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the hotel.

There is no one in Yap better at conducting historical tours as is evidenced by the warmth shown Theo from our guests. Very knowledgeable, honest and articulate, he is one of the key people at the Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers.

Outlook on his job: “Meeting people and making new friends is very important to me. Working for the best dedicated dive resort in Micronesia gives me plenty of opportunity. I honestly look forward to every new day at the resort as you never know what will happen.”


 Richard Falow



Born in Yap on the 10th of October 1978 and graduated from Yap High School in 1996. Attended the Japanese Agricultural School in Palau and graduated in 1998 with an Associate Degree. After school, Richard moved to Japan to continue his Agricultural schooling at the main campus. Upon returning to Yap in 2000, Richard found a job in the hospitality industry and worked with Trader’s Ridge & O’Keefe’s Bar. In 2004, he moved up to the Manta Ray Bay and has worked as a Concierge since then. Fluent in English, Japanese and of course Yapese, Richard is an invaluable part of our team and one of the first people you will meet when you get off the plane in Yap.

Quote: “I especially like the tour guide part of my job because I enjoy meeting people and I really take pride in my island and our culture which I am very happy to share with each of my guests.”

 Jude Pedrosa

IT Manager, Communications Specialist and Pool Engineer


Jude, son of Teolu, brother of Louisa and husband of Leslie, was born on the 21st of April 1979 in Iloilo, Philippines and graduated from CAIC High School. After high school Jude went to Our Lady of Fatima University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After college, Jude began working at Montana Crystals (bottled water) as Operations Manager and from there he moved across the Philippine Sea to Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort in September of 2004. His wife and young son MJ joined him in 2007.

Quote: “There is no such thing as hard work as long as you enjoy what you are doing.”


 Carmen “the Money Lady” Mangefel

Corporate Controller


Born in Yap on the 11th of October 1970. Graduated from Xavier High School and graduated from Guam Community College. Attended the University of Guam for 2 years before returning to Yap. Began working at the Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers in April of 1996 and is known throughout the organization as one of our very best employees.

Key Words: Cool, suave and sophisticated with a disarming smile sum up Carmen pretty well. She will know your name once you have been here for a few hours and she will help you with anything during your stay with us.


Leslie Pedrosa

Gift Shop Clerk and Pedicurist/Manicurist


Leslie is a native to Iloilo, Philippines and is married to our IT Manager, Jude Pedrosa and was born in September 8, 1980. After moving to Yap in 2007 to be with her husband, Leslie wanted to occupy her time while their son MJ is attending school, and we needed a clerk for our Manta Ray Boutique, and so lo and behold a deal was struck.

She is more than happy to help you find the best souvenir to take back home or enhancing your Yap experience with a pedicure or manicure at our Taro Leaf Spa.


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 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
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 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 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
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
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
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
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
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