Super Typhoon Maysack




Super typhoon Maysack was a category 5 system that passed through Yap state with sustained 160 mph winds and 25-30 foot storm waves.

Several of Yap State’s islands were effected and two were hit directly by the super storm, Ulithi Atoll and Fais.

Yap Island was within 50 miles of Maysack’s path and received a glancing blow from the tail of the typhoon around sunrise.



The storm’s position and wind direction left the North and West coasts of Yap the most effected.

Manta Ray Bay was left untouched and the front doors remained open throughout the night.

It was a preparation drill for the most part. They call these “banana typhoons” because all they do is knock down banana trees. An 11 year-old can knock down a banana tree.



The crew at Manta Ray applied hundreds of work hours into storm prepping the property.

The dive dock was removed and stored near the port, the ramp was pulled and cable tied to pillars and the dive shop was stripped of gear and offices.

The Mnuw was secured with storm moorings, the first floor of the hotel evacuated and offices were stripped.

“No matter how many times we’ve gone through this, it never gets any easier.” – Numie Acker

The easy part is preparing for a storm… the hard part is the wait.

Everyone just sat around watching weather reports and pacing the property.

All of the reports were positive for Yap Island throughout the storm’s approach, and thankfully it stayed that way, making it a little easier to be an Acker last night.




We experienced typhoon conditions, at best – a lot of wind and rain while running on backup power.

A few beers and smiles were shared about the point when the waiting was over and the storm was finally here… and it kept tracking away from Yap.

It’ll take a day to unwind the preparations and we’ll be out of storm mode.



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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
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