Vertigo Shark Diving

Vertigo Shark Dive Yap Micronesia

Shark encounters in Yap are actually more guaranteed than with Manta Rays.

You can go to a manta cleaning station and not see a ray, given some conditions – however you can’t go to Vertigo and not see a reef shark.

A typical dive at Vertigo means you’ll have anywhere between 10-40 grey and black tip reef sharks checking you out.

Oh, and visibility is consistently over 100′ which make for nice clear photos.

Diving Vertigo Yap Micronesia

Diving Vertigo Yap Micronesia

Yap consistently ranks in the dive destination top 25 places to stamp your log book, and got there with the daily manta action (as well as the exotic culture) – but these days people want to dive with sharks too.

This is a big animal double whammy and the sharks come as close as the rays do.

Have a manta pass directly overhead and gracefully eclipse you over the reef – and have a shark stare you down at an arm’s reach away.

Shark Diving Vertigo Yap Micronesia


Sharks are a hot topic these days with the recent anti-finning movement and awareness in dive media.

The Federated States of Micronesia is working up new legislation that will create the largest shark sanctuary on earth – covering a bigger ocean area than the United States.

Yap State is a Manta Ray sanctuary, since 2008, with laws protecting their habitat which includes the surrounding water, mangroves and lagoons – which benefits the shark population. It’s booming, this is what it looks like hanging out at Vertigo on any given weekday.



At least here the wildlife is not under the pressure of progress. Manta Rays are far more susceptible to fishing due to their migratory patterns – but these local reef sharks have nothing threatening them.

The new mantra here is “There’s more to Yap than Mantas”, and reef sharks as well as the Manderinfish will be making their way into the common knowledge about what lies in store for divers here in Yap.

Guaranteed big animals, mating manderinfish and hand crafted beer, not a bad gig. It would be nice if there was a coral pinnacle that always had a train of eagle rays that held still for the perfect photo with massive tuna in the background, but those sightings are still in the chance category.

But, year-round sharks that pose for photos… Vertigo has em.

Get Hooked Up

Bill’s been spicing things up for people wanting to dive Yap with sharky upgrades to vacation packages.

I’ve posted some deals in blogs and on facebook that you can probably still get cut in on, just tell him you read about specials on the blog and see what he’s got going this time, doesn’t hurt to ask.

He’s still hooking people up with travel itineraries and getting people the best deals on air – last week a couple wanted to do Chuuk and Yap, and the way they were shopping it was Chuuk then Yap. After a bit of help, their fare dropped considerably by doing Yap then Chuuk with dates that still worked for them. It’s just one of those things that only Bill knows, that’s why when it comes to travel in this region, it pays to ask him first if you’re getting the best deal.

He’s taking emails everyday and answering your questions:

1 thought on “Vertigo Shark Diving”

  1. Looking good guys, some great shots and a testament to the amazing proliferation of the big stuff over there in Yap. Fond memories.

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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 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
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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