The Acker Family

The Acker Family as of 2019
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Bill, came to Yap from Texas in 1976. In 1986, he founded Yap Divers and the beginning of the modern tourism industry of Yap. A PADI, SSI, NAUI and TDI SCUBA instructor, Bill has over 17,500 dives in Yap, Palau, Truk Lagoon, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines.


Patricia, birthday 3/17/1963, has been involved with the resort from the beginning. She was head of housekeeping for a number of months, did the books for over a year, started and ran Yap’s Planet Blue Kayak Tours for a number of years and started and ran the Taro Leaf Spa for a number of years. She also was Purchasing Manager, which included receiving and inventory control. Patricia learned to dive in 1984 and has more that 2,500 dives in Yap, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Numie's Family
Numie, birthday 7/9/1981, has worked at the hotel since she was 12 years old. She worked in housekeeping every summer until she turned 16. She then worked in the gift shop until she graduated high school. She then went to Cairns, Australia where she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the Australian International Hotel School which was affiliated with Cornell University in New York. Upon graduation, Numie returned to serve as Bill Acker’s Personal Assistant and head of Human Resources for 4 years. She then moved to the Food and Beverage department as Manager for several years. Then she moved to the Front Desk and worked her way up to her current position of Hotel Manager. She learned to dive in 1992 and has more than 1,000 dives in Yap and the Philippines. Numie is married to Francis Gilmoon and has 2 children – Jeremy and Bubu.

Skate & Lola
Nathan, 9/4/1985, has worked at the resort since he was 12 years old. He started out helping build the facility and its many additions. After high school, he attended the University of Auckland to study engineering. He also attended the University of Hawaii-Hilo as well as the University of Hawaii-Manoa. After college, he returned home to be our executive chef for 3 years. From there, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent 8 years as an active duty Marine, reaching the rank of Sergeant. Nathan helped bring Popou, our 38 foot dive boat from drydock in Palau. He was also with Bill Acker when we brought Mnuw from Indonesia to Yap in September 2001. Nathan learned to dive in 1992 at the age of 7 years old. He has over 1,000 dives in Yap, Palau and the Philippines. Nathan is married to Lola McWilliams and they have just purchased their first house in Southern California.

Val, Tazo & Mom
Valerie, birthday 11/22/87 began working at the resort at the age of 12 years old. She began in housekeeping and then moved to the accounting office until she was accepted to Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. After 2 years at TCU, she was accepted to the prestigious business school at TCU. Val dropped out of school to marry Eric Sullivan and they have 2 children – Thaddeus and Moses.

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Oliver “OP” Acker, birthday 7/6/89 has worked at the hotel since he was 12 years old. He mostly worked on the construction of the hotel and its many additions. OP graduated from the College of Micronesia and went on the study computer programming at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. OP came home 3 years ago to work in the dive shop as an instructor. Today he is not only an instructor but also the Dive Operations Manager. OP is married to Patie Latman and they have 2 children – Orion and Taliyah Taylor.

Availability & Reservations

Yann Faure
Yann Faure
11:08 15 Jul 19
All the staff from Manta bay resort will treat you like family and make you feel at home The room was very spacious and decorated with taste The dives were very nice , especially Vertigo obviously ! Do not hesitate , just book your trip to Yap and Manta bay resort will do the rest and there will not be any bad surprise I highly recommend a stay with Bill's Acker great resort !read more
Bruce Tanner
Bruce Tanner
16:13 27 Jun 19
Completed my 7th trip to Yap this past April and it is still one of the best dive destinations and operations around. Have led groups there for those 7 years and had several repeat customers go back with me. Great staff, dive operation and beautiful hotel. And the diving is diverse and just awesome. Many of the staff have become friends and it always a treat to be greeted by name upon arrival and around the hotel. Since diving is the premier attraction the island is a paradise of relaxation and laid back attitude. If you haven't been to this area of the world you should really consider it. Bill Acker, owner and all around good guy, can help you make travel plans for visiting Yap and other great destinations in Micronesia.read more
Jendrik Schroeder
Jendrik Schroeder
15:18 15 Jun 19
It´s an excellent diving and a wonderfull cultural experience to visit Yap. The Manta Ray Bay resort provides you with friendly and skilled staff both in diving and in the hotel department. The underwater world is extremely beautifull and the island culture very interesting to explore! I enjoyed both the diving and the cultural experience to the maximum !!!!!read more
Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread 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
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
Doreen Korbl
Doreen Korbl
19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
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
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
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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 meet.read more
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 Yap.read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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
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