The Southern Walls of Yap

Yap has 100 miles of reef and claims 38 square miles of land spread out between four main islands. The southern barrier reef walls are home to some of our most spectacular diving in the South Pacific.

The Southern Walls of Yap Micronesia

The Southern Walls of Yap Micronesia

The first thing that divers encounter is water clarity, it’ll change your perception of what diving is supposed to look like.

After that, it’s the topography that changes with each quarter mile section.

There’s everything from sheer vertical walls, hard coral slopes, overhung crevasses, deep cuts and canyons, pinnacles and swim-through caverns at the very tip

The reef is the most vibrant along these sections of the island’s barrier system.

The Southern Walls of Yap Micronesia

Yellow wall is home to vibrant soft coral gardens that favor the overhangs where you can also find sleeping turtles and nurse sharks tucked away in small caves. When the current gets pumping, the soft coral blooms and the entire reef wall shutters with the water’s movement.

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A third of Yap’s moorings are along these walls, sites named Cabbage Patch, Big Bend, Spanish Wall, Buena Vista, Yellow wall, Gilman and Lionfish walls as well as Yap Caverns are the most popular that are part of anyone’s dive log that’s been here.

This is where we have encountered the biggest Pelagic sharks – this year we’ve had Silky and Silvertips buzz dive groups, and, there’s Tiger shark sightings in past Yap tales.

The Southern Walls of Yap Micronesia

A land tour takes half a day by car – to see it all underwater it would take a very long tropical safari. After meeting the mantas and getting your fill of back rolling into a school of sharks, this is what some of the other diving looks like outside the reef in either the Pacific Ocean or Philippine Sea – sometimes you get both in the same day.


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Micronesia Travel

Every week there’s a happy traveler story where someone was helped with airline tickets.

This week’s stoked diver was trying to line up a Liveaboard week in Palau with flights to Yap without extra nights in between.

It takes Bill about 5 minutes to explain the trick to getting what they wanted.

Before you click to buy your air, check with the man: bill@mantaray.com.

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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.
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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