We Lose Our Good Friend Chomed

Remembering a Friend
Chomed, RIP, you will be missed

By Tim Rock

A lot of sad people are going to have nice stories to tell about a longtime Yap dive guide who passed away while fishing on Wednesday, March 14. Chomed, “The King of Rumung”, always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye, it seemed. He loved to dive and loved to do things for divers. He could find odd, tiny critters with ease. And other sunken stuff too. He and I had a joke about his camera supply business. It seemed every time I dived with him, he found some camera
bit sitting on the reef or wedged into the corals that had fallen off some diver’s camera. And I usually bought what he found or bartered for the price of a beer or two!

He loved challenges and projects and would gladly help with some photo test or critter search. He was always a great extra set of eyes underwater, thinking like a photographer and being alert to show me a photo opportunity, whether it be a manta or a sea moth. I enjoyed his tales about his home island of Rumung. His fishing stories. His jokes.

I guess maybe it is fitting he died while fishing. He loved the sea and I am sure the dolphins now have his soul out there in the ocean. I’m not sure where I’m going to get my camera bits from now on. But I’ll always have fond memories of a wonderful guy I shared the ocean with in Yap for a couple of decades. Next time I’m in Yap, I’ll look for you out there in the blue!

TR

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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
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