Ventura Dive & Sport

IMG_3674 July promises calm seas, light winds, sunshine and a wide open Yap dive map.

Ride shotgun with Ventura Dive & Sport on a 7/5 super size package, getting Micronesia the way it use to be, still is…

This time of year you get everything but mating manta rays and trade winds. This was a busy dive week for two of the boats – California divers get right in it and keep the Nitrox flowing for 3 to 6 dives a day.


The week’s dive logs included the whole Yap wildlife safari, from mantas and sharks to turtles and manderinfish, with high quality interactions in excellent visibility and some rock and roll dive moments.

IMG_4622This is how another dozen people learned what diving Yap means;

  • diversity of underwater environments
  • marine life big and small
  • small boat groups on exclusive dive sites
  • large animals up close
  • clear blue water with consistent 100+ foot vis
  • personalized dive schedules
  • personal dives with Bill
  • hand crafted micro-brew beer
  • one of their most memorable dive trips

Diving here means that you set the schedule, determine how long your surface intervals are, when you have lunch and if you want to eat on the boat or at the resort before 3rd and 4th tank dives. This group came ready to dive, they were on the boats early and modified their departure time every day of the week based on how things were going.


A Rare Manta Encounter


IMG_3755A unique experience early in the dive week was a deep wall dive manta pass on the outer reef in clear water.

We typically see these guys in shallow water inside the reef at one of the 7 known cleaning stations, or transiting a channel.

IMG_3756 We were at Vertigo watching the sharks for a while then kicked off the wall and started a mellow current drift as a group.

I gave a long exhale down the wall to a hundred feet and just as I got there I heard a guide’s rattle go off and started looking around.

A male manta appeared out of the blackness and was winging right for me.

I had enough time to judge his speed and depth, put myself adjacent his path, pull up my viewfinder and wait for him.

This was a cool encounter, a rare sighting and not a bad surprise kicking off the dive week.


IMG_4011You can get it however you want here, there’s easy family style diving as well as advanced conditions.

This week we mixed it up and did a little of everything and the group got a taste of the whole Micronesia spectrum.

Each day the dive planning added something different – sloping reefs, sheer walls, intricate reef canyons and topography, cavern swim-throughs, current and depth.


IMG_4154All of the dive sites have a signature that includes sea life.

At Eagle’s Nest we drift over the reef with white sand bottom mini canyons harboring giant sting rays and grouper.

On the same drift we pass coral pinnacles with white spotted eagle rays hovering in the current with huge napoleon wrasse silhouettes above.


IMG_4208At the southern tip of the island we get into the richest coral walls with sponges, different color soft corals, sharks and big fish.

By the third dive day you have circled the island at least once and have seen all of the mangrove coastline with its gold sand beaches dotted by traditional men’s houses.



IMG_4281Yap is an unspoiled destination with a maximum capacity of about 100 divers – if every single room and boat was full island-wide – which never happens.

Here, you get to vacation away from crowds and the pace of modern day life.

There’s still some excitement to balance out all of this calm natural beauty and we get this done out at Vertigo with our friendly group of sharks.


Shark Diving


IMG_4333 Here you get to see sharks on just about every dive, but at Vertigo you get to participate in a reef shark concert.

One of the week’s coolest roll in moments was Dr. Dan who was greeted by over fifteen six-footers circling him on his way down to meet us on the reef.

This photo is going on the wall at his house, his office and probably his screensaver – that’s a Yap diving moment of awesomeness with our resident shark school at Vertigo.


IMG_4345Shark specialty dives are something that everyone should get on when they’re here. Hang out with black tips and grey reef sharks for your entire tank and fill your SD card with as close of an encounter as you’re comfortable with.



One of the dive areas that can deliver everything there is to see is M’il Channel, home to 6 dive sites from the clear blue to deep inside the lagoon.


IMG_4627Here you can be buzzed by a manta ray, investigated by sharks, circled by a turtle, be eclipsed by fish schools, drift in a deep current over brilliant anemones, spot scorpion leaf fish on coral heads and even see thousand year old Yapese stone money at 90 feet.

There’s even old Japanese war relics encrusted in life at the channel bottom and the most active manta ray cleaning station deep inside the channel.


IMG_4676One coral head in M’il is home to about six different colored scorpion leaf fish, banded cleaner shrimp, nudibranchs and little gold and white see-through fish schools that I forgot the name of.

You could spend 2,000 psi at this rock and not run out of things to see.

Sometimes small jacks and black snapper are seen feeding on the little fish or a moray getting a mouth cleaning from the shrimp.


IMG_4830You never know what you’re going to see, I call it adventure diving, in the brochure we used “Frontier Diving”.

Last week, guests jumped in on a blue water bait ball feeding frenzy with birds, tuna and a school of big silky sharks… then snorkeled with feeding manta rays, right after a shark dive on a third tank boat.

When you make your own dive schedule and pace, you can modify it on the fly to get in on more action.

Memorable Diving

This trip had it all and within days the inside jokes were rich, nicknames were being born and everyone agreed that it was going to be one of the most memorable dive trips they’ve had.

There was a birthday party at the Crow’s Nest Bar, some new hand signals that are still funny and a bunch of pictures to tell the story.

This was a diverse group, including a family with small kids and everyone got the experience they were looking for… including a couple of surf trips at the mouth of M’il Channel.







IMG_9049Along with all this blue water adventure and big animal diving there was daily topside good times, plenty of Stone Money beer and a few land laps around the island after all the massages and spa treatments.

A few of us went for a beach walk on the north Island, Maap, and sat at a cafe for a cold drink.

There’s a few things to do around the island and all it takes is to ask. Go watch the sunset, BBQ on a private beach or get cultural demonstrations.


Ventura Dive & Sport

Jim and Christie have been in the business a long time and putting together dive trips all over the world out of their dive shop in Ventura, CA.

Along with exotic dive trips, they host local California dive trips on their own boat, the Raptor, specializing in Channel Islands dive charters.

You check out Ventura’s newest dive boat and one of southern California’s best dive training facilities on facebook.

Next year we hope to see Jim and Christie back on a multiple island Micronesian tour.




Availability & Reservations

Michael Wüthrich
Michael Wüthrich
09:27 24 Jun 20
Awesom dive experience. we dived for a week with Yap divers and every dive was varied and very beautiful. We benefited from the pre-corona time in March which meant that there were very few tourists on Yap. (3...)read more
R. Frobhboese
R. Frobhboese
06:21 13 May 20
We have been twice at Manta Ray Bay. The staff was exzellent dive guides as well as people on the Mnuw, not to mention the Amber👌 The sharks at Vertigo and the Mantas at Stammtisch are a must for every diver. We hope to be back!read more
Fariborz Zak
Fariborz Zak
07:03 12 May 20
Wonderful lovely place worth to try it again
Keenan Woodmansee
Keenan Woodmansee
07:09 04 Jan 20
This is "The" place to stay. Friendly staff and great hotel and restaurant.
Sandie Chung
Sandie Chung
13:30 11 Dec 19
My fourth time to Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap since 1995. Hotel still very well kept, spacious room, good services and dive centre, very well run. Enjoy my dives very much with crystal clear water, mantas, sharks and even some macros. Wish they have better flight schedules to make it easier for visitors. Love to be back more
Tait Brimacombe
Tait Brimacombe
04:31 18 Oct 19
Stayed at Manta Ray Bay as part of work travel to Yap. Excellent rooms and very friendly and helpful staff who were happy to go out of their way to assist guests and ensure they had a pleasant stay. Would highly recommend and look forward to staying again in the more
John Yosh
John Yosh
11:27 18 Sep 19
My experience at the Manta RayBay Resort was once in a life time. We did not dive because we were in Yap for military purposes but if I had to choose a location in which to dive it would be in Yap and I would stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort again. Bill and his family are just wonderful and made our experience on Yap such a memorable one. I hope to come back to Yap again and if I am so privileged I would visit with my adopted family and stay at the Manta Ray Bay Resort more
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 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 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 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 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
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