The 4th of July Week in Yap

Yap Divers and the Manta Ray Bay Hotel 4th of July holiday week on the island – This is today’s Yap status report, the latest dive conditions and a demonstration of Bill Acker’s custom hospitality game.

Unique Dive Vacation Options

Private beach party for 10 with a 4 course BBQ and kegged micro-brew, the perfect blend of an American holiday and Yapese delivery.
It’s not every day you find yourself grilling under coconut trees that are growing out of a gold sand beach on a magical island, that’s a Manta Ray Bay special.

This is the kind of hospitality that you’ll find here in Yap.

Everyone loves a private beach party and this is an option that is available to you here, Bill doesn’t mind getting custom one bit.

Excellent Dive Conditions and Consistent Wildlife Presence

100+ feet of vis, consistent manta action at multiple sites, sharks on almost every dive, massive schools of fish in the channel and all reef creatures present and accounted for.


Setting a Good Example

Bill’s team of dive guides take the time to explain how to dive the Manta cleaning station. The cleaning station is kept for the Manta’s and divers post up in excellent viewing distance without disturbing the natural order of things.
“Blurry Manta photos – But, one heck of a Manta story”

Here’s an interesting sequence from the Manta Ray Cleaning Station – the “Had to Duck” Manta pass. Photo 1 is just Manta face and photo 2 is a ten inch patch of Manta belly. Not much for framing and hanging on your wall, but a unique story to take home that is all Yap Manta diving.

“Yap Manta diving is actually a Manta Encounter”

One of the key reasons the Manta encounters are so consistent and right up in your visor is that Yap divers preserve their presence and natural behavior through respectful spectating. They swim right overhead passing within arms reach and in yesterday’s case, a diver about got a giant Manta kiss.

Boyd had to dodge a Manta not once, but twice, within the same sequence of photography. The same day on a different part of the reef, two snorkelers had a Manta pass directly underneath them and hang around for about half an hour, solid interaction time.

We’re told not to touch or chase Mantas and no divers go on top of the cleaning station… but if a Manta comes up to you, it’s a fair game experience.

Clear Water, Brilliant Color, Caverns and How it all happens

The dive operation runs in the background like an algorithm; tide calendar, visibility reports, guest preference, guest preference changes… everything is put together, written down and planned, then every boat winds up with exactly enough tanks, towels, tea and snacks for everyone onboard.

“They really spoil you here.” – The attention of the staff and the guides score huge points with the hands-freeness of the dive operation.

Carter – Tokyo
It’s all to your benefit, so that you get what you came for. With boat groups of 4 to 6 well-briefed divers, the wildlife is viewed as if you were the first person to the site.

The small group’s footprint underwater is nominal, sleeping sharks are still sleeping after divers drift by, Mantas hang around for a group’s entire dive and schools of fish are left undisturbed.

This means that the last person in the group gets the same experience as the first diver onsite – natural and undisturbed sea life in clear water.
Each dive site offers something unique and often times there’s a surprise in store for divers.

Yap Sharks

The shark action is great in Yap for several reasons; first the sharks are big enough that you’re stoked to be in the pictures with them… and second, their small enough that it’s not a mind game.

The best shark dive in Micronesia…

Black-tip reef sharks, Grey sharks and white tips come out of the blue and host a spectacular array of behavior, in Yap fashion, right up in your lens.

Today’s shark dive went on for over 90 minutes, plenty of time to see the action from different angles and get in close with the cameras to go home with that gem for your personal media library.

Out on the reef’s edge, a few frozen tuna heads on a string goes a long way. It’s just enough to capture the interest of the reef without anything getting too excited. Sharks patrol from the distance, then start circling the bait up close and once in a while one of them will bare all its teeth, latch on and start shredding. Shark behavior encounters, with just enough action that it is exciting, yet doesn’t spook anyone.
Yap sharks accompany all of the big water dive sites, strafing the reef walls, taking naps at the channel’s bottom and even baby greys hanging at Yap Corner. The shark population is healthy and there’s a lot of interaction in a dive day. Even inner reef kayaking and snorkeling offers shark sightings.

Creating a Community

Bill is creating a community of divers who are experiencing Yapese culture as well as the island’s sea life. That is what you experience at Manta Ray Bay, a blend of everything Yap with cool people from all over the world who expect small group diving at your pace with personalized hospitality options. It’s a unique offering among dive operators in Micronesia.
Clear water, natural marine life encounters, people, culture and custom services.

What people have to say

“Yap offers something for everyone.” Clear water, excellent diversity of underwater topography and abundance of wildlife, big and small. There’s wall dives, sloped corral reefs, sand bottom sites, caverns and canyons, channels and ridges… and the marine life spans from large animals to all the “little stuff”.

Karolina and Magnus – Sweden

“The most convenient dive operation in Micronesia” – From your bed, to the restaurant, to the dive and photo shop, to the boat dock… all within 40 feet. It really doesn’t get any easier.
“It’s strange to be on a dive site and be the only boat out here.” – Less people, small boats and exclusive dive sites.

Pete – Guam

Yap Status Report

I’m Brad, the new point man in charge when it comes to blogging what is going on out here. I pretty much get just screw around all day… then host show and tell on the Internet after all the fun’s been had. Bill wants people to know today’s operation, so here you can ride shotgun with me on a unique line at Bill’s dive op, hotel and restaurant.

We’re going to be in the water every morning, talking about what’s going on and how it is diving Yap, today. Dive reports, water conditions, animals, people and the fun channeled to you through my mac book pro and a handful of surviving camera equipment.

The week of the 4th of July is the kick-off to the B_rad Yap status report. I’ll be chiming in all the time with all sorts of stuff as I do them and telling the story here.



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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