Things to do on Your Surface Interval in Yap, Micronesia

In July we had the great good fortune to play a role in the wedding of Evelyn & Steve VanAntwerp who came to dive with the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers and during a break from diving, got married. The newlyweds were part of the Executive Scuba Group led by Ted & Pam Kern from Dallas, Texas. This was the group’s third visit to Yap and they spent 14 days with us on this trip.

Yap Wedding with Manta Ray Bay ResortThe festivities kicked off with a Bachelorette Party at the Manta Ray private beach and a Bachelor party on board Popou with Bill and his fishing buddies. Don’t tell anyone but the ladies won this round.

Yap Bachelorette Party at Manta Ray Bay Hotel's Private Beach

After lunch aboard the S/V Mnuw, our staff drove the bachelorettes to the beach, where they proceeded to share a couple bottles of wine and frolic in the clear waters of the lagoon. The ladies also played on the sandy beach, which they had all to themselves, and took turns on our rope swing between bouts of sunbathing. The only soul they encountered was a friendly dog, hoping to share their wine.

Bachelorette Party Yap Micronesia

The guys went fishing with Bill and his oldest son Nathan but the weather turned really stormy south of Yap so the guys decided to turn back and proceeded to O’Keefe’s Island where they anchored, shared a keg of beer from our Stone Money Brewery and told stories.

The wedding was performed by Judge Cyprian Manmaw, the Chief Justice of the Yap State Court and the Honorable Henry Falan, Speaker of the Yap State Legislature was also on-hand.

Yap Private Beach Wedding with Manta Ray Bay Hotel

The day turned out to be bright and sunny with a calm lagoon for the backdrop. Not many places are prettier when the weather cooperates as it did. A lighthearted moment came when Steve was trying to get Evelyn’s ring off his finger and Mike Jenkerson, a member of the group, inadvertently said “lick it” loud enough to be caught on the official wedding film. From the time Bill heard that, he gave Steve the nick name of “Lick It”.
Yap Beach Wedding, Micronesia

The wedding was not only a treat for Evelyn & Steve and their group but also a treat for our staff and families who enjoyed fixing flowers, being part of the ceremony and in general helping two people celebrate one of the most important days of their lives. The decorations were done by Numie Acker, Helen Limed, Mayvene Gallen, Louise Pedrosa, Mercy Tinnigmow, OP Acker, Richard F’low, Francis Tamam, Thomas Beengin, April Laabrug, Jade Gilippin and Jude Pedrosa. In addition to helping decorate with our staff, Tionna Fenenigog and Julianna Piyon served as flower girls during the actual ceremony.
Yap Beach Wedding
This was our 4th wedding ceremony catered by our staff and we would be happy to do this for you or your friends. We are absolutely sure that all 4 of these couples wouldn’t trade the experience provided by our staff for any amount of money. Please contact Numie Acker at numie@mantaray.com if you would like information about what we could do for you.
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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
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 Yap.read 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 meet.read more
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