Uma Boa Temporada de Mergulhos em Yap

Texto de: B_rad

Diving Yap by: Brad Holland

Amigos do Mergulho e de Yap, esta semana tem sido de muita alegria com os grandes animais residentes de nossa ilha, e os mergulhos têm sido bons demais!

IMG_0742Estamos com todo tipo de gente a bordo, vindos dos quatro cantos do mundo, e todos estão recheando de novidades os seus logbooks.

Preciso dizer a vocês que esse é realmente um excelente período do ano para estar aqui, e meu disco rígido está se enchendo à razão de uns 10 gigabytes por dia – isso é Yap.

Temos tido uma boa ligação entre as marés e nossos horários de mergulho, e quando ambos coincidem isso apimenta um tanto a coisa em termos da presença de tubarões e mantas.

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IMG_0828Outra coisa bacana que anda acontecendo por aqui é a formação constante de novos mergulhadores. Bill está treinando sua segunda dupla de pai e mãe esta semana.

Para estes sortudos, que vão fazer aqui suas primeiras anotações nos logbooks, não é um mau começo! Por exemplo, “tubarões-cinzentos-de-recife e galhas-pretas, 25+, nadando junto a mim; profundidade: 15 metros; tempo de fundo: 65 minutos; dupla: meu pai”.

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Vertigo continua a ser o point onde os tubarões dão um verdadeiro show,  eles sabem fazer um mergulho se tornar emocionante a qualquer hora. Para os que lerem estas linhas e vierem a Yap, peçam na chegada para virem a Vertigo e conferir quão de perto você acaba ficando de nossos tubarões “da casa”.

Já no caso das mantas, por estes dias elas andam tão oferecidas quanto os tubarões…

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IMG_1262Nesta temporada temos visto todo e qualquer comportamento das mantas, à exceção de darem à luz.

Estamos vendo tudo o que elas fazem, incluindo vomitar, fazer cocô, saltar… coisas que normalmente não associamos a um encontro com raias-manta, mas que estão acontecendo na nossa frente.

Alguns visitantes ficaram impressionados ao serem testemunhas de uma manta fazendo cocô e imediatamente serem cercados de pequenos peixes-limpadores disputando o “presente”… o que rendeu boas risadas de volta ao deck, e acho que há inclusive alguma foto disso no Facebook de alguém.

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IMG_0670Tudo está acontecendo, “trens” de acasalamento vindo pelo canal, mantas dando cambalhotas na laguna de coral, deslizando pela borda do recife externo, frequentando as estações de limpeza e… claro, também fazendo cocô sobre alguns de nossos clientes. 🙂

Eu mesmo quase fui “atropelado” em Stammtisch – as mantas estão passando grudadas na gente.

Esse é o show de grandes animais que Yap oferece até abril ou maio. Depois disso, os tubarões e mantas continuam por aqui, mas os comportamentos associados á temporada de acasalamento sempre reservam algumas surpresas extras.

Bill Acker está trabalhando em diferentes pacotes para pessoas que querem vir a Yap e montar um pacote de hotel e mergulhos personalizado. Temos gente que quer um pacote “all-inclusive” contemplando até sua piscina privada; outros preferem um apartamento onde caibam, juntos seus filhos adultos. temos mergulhadores que ficam em Yap por duas ou três semanas, outros que vêm por três dias. Há famílias com crianças mergulhadoras ou não, mas todos acompanhando as saídas de barco. Cada um aqui encontra o que preferir. Se você está pensando em vir nos visitar em Yap, mande um email para o Bill contando suas preferências, e aguarde que ele vai dar um jeito de transformar sua viagem de mergulho dos sonhos em realidade. Yap espera vocês!

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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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