Talking Yap in the Maldives

Networking is EVERYTHING! And it never stops!

Occasionally those presentations lead to quite funny situations. While I gave lectures and slideshows on Yap and Manta Ray Bay Resort for regional dive clubs’ x-mas dinners, for travel wholesaler events or on tourism shows like Duikvaker in the Netherlands – the ones in other dive resorts or on liveaboards during press trips always make me chuckle.

On one hand because they’re usually improvised and the technology usually fails at one point, on the other because of a certain slight irony.
You certainly do not want to do this if the viz is one third of what was expected and the amount of fish resembles an aquarium after an algae bloom.

I am really not striving for meanness, but just imagine… Fellow scuba divers that are still dripping from their last dive or daydreaming after dinner and a great diving day… and whooooosh… here come the manta and shark close ups from Vertigo or Stammtisch.
While there were no mantas, there were quite some grey reef sharks during this one week of really nice diving in North Male, Rasdhoo and Ari Atoll.
The big stuff just did not happen to come really close, Yap-style.

Is it walking the talk, or talking the walk?

“You don’t really run after those sharks to get headshots anymore, do you?”, said John, one of the guests from the UK. After seeing the colorful dance performances and learning about
our diving-and-lodging under one roof concept and the family business that Manta Ray Bay in fact is, I am positive we have some new friends out there who are coming for a visit next year.

How do you get there? By plane (okay, bad joke)… How long does it take you? Is it okay with kids? Is it suitable for non-diving spouses? What does the island offer? Chances of cabin fever? Malaria? What’s the price? How long should we stay?

Pleeeenty of  ears to be fed with information, which was a pleasure, of course. Nothing like showing off with your own photos.
Even more if your water pipe with apple tobacco is waiting for you upstairs on the sundeck under a star-spangled sky.

A German in the Maldives talking about Yap and smoking a hookah from Jordan filled with tobacco from Egypt.
Well, life is a tough one, isn’t it?

Happy Easter to all of you,
Daniel

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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.
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