Super Size Friday

Blue Water Outer Reef Diving with Yap Divers

Clear Blue Water Diving with Yap DiversThis is a three-tank day and how to add and-on an extra serving of Yap diving. Bill calls it a Super Size, which means lunch is served onboard with three dives and you’re back before happy hour. This is everything but the happy hour part.

Yap Corner

This is the M’il Channel outer reef wall on the north side, where you roll in just behind the breakers into clear Yap blue water.

Here you typically see the largest sharks, barracuda, tuna, schools of sharks with babies, eagle rays, manta rays, schools of snapper, grouper and everything that lives in the reef wall. Today we saw everything but the eagle rays and a school of sharks with babies.

Alex’s plan was to catch the very last of the incoming tide and drift into M’il Channel and ride the current back out to the reef wall.

As we rounded the corner into the channel we were passed by two dogtooth tuna, and had big grey reef sharks coming in and out of sight the whole dive.

Overhead was a school of chevron barracuda and father down the reef wall was a lone proper barracuda, I don’t know all of the four types found here on Yap, but a proper barracuda is over four feet long and has a broom size tail.

scorpion fish in yap

The outer reef diving in Yap gives it to you two ways – look close at the reef, or look out into the blue for big things. A guest pointed out the purple scorpion fish on that corral head.


The next stop was a bouy all the way inside M’il Channel to the manta cleaning station. We came in with several animals that didn’t mind us one bit. Here’s today’s high-five pass in the first minute of our dive.

Yap Manta Diving

We had several mantas with us the entire dive passing between us within inches sometimes.


We moved the boat from one lagoon to another and William broke out the Mnuw made box lunches.

I saw a couple of things getting opened up – sandwiches, salads, grilled fish, white rice, fries and baked beans.

This is served up in the shade with warm banana bread and bottomless hot tea or ice water.

This is noon in Yap with some macro diving to go.

Slow and Easy

diver in yapAfter our post-lunch surface interval talking about how to solve the world’s problems, we decided to dive again.

This is the second-closest dive site to the resort, the first being the Manderine Fish mating site.

This is a macro wonderland and the place to see Yap’s critters. Today’s dive log has manta shrimp, pipe fish, scorpion leaf fish, nudibranches, a baby turtle, all the reef fish, cleaner shrimp, blind shrimp and white gobi’s, treveli, napolean wrasse and bumphead parrot fish.

Most of the things to see are in 30 feet of water, but this site also has some isolated coral heads down passed 90 feet that are full of life.

white pipe fish in yap

Alex took us across the entire site on a custom dive plan, per a guest’s request…  all you have to do is ask.

The request was to see ghost pipe fish, a manta shrimp and scorpion leaf fish.

First we went to the lair of a giant white manta shrimp that is well known and photographed at the outer most mooring, and ended the dive with three scorpion leaf fish deeper inside the channel.

This is also a great night dive. We’ve seen mantas transiting along the reef wall, white tip reef sharks hunting, lobster and reef critters that made us get out the book.

All of this happens 5 minutes from the hotel.

The perfect ending to a 3-tank dive day is a short boat ride home, someone else carrying your gear, the happy hour bell going off when you hit the dock and great pictures to share.

That was 210 minutes of blue water, manta and macro diving with lunch, Bill Acker’s “super size” dive day.

yellow scorpion leaf fish in yap



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
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