Welcoming 2013

Manta Ray Bay Resort and the Mnuw were decked out in local attire for the New Year welcoming celebration. The entire walkway from the street was lined in organic decorations and light ropes leading to the entertainment and, of course, the bottomless buffet.


Detlef’s crew worked all day preparing fresh Tuna poke, blackened Yellow-fin sashimi and grilled Wahoo as well as two kinds of chicken and several side dishes. Just outside we had “Tim and Tim” in charge of the ambiance serving up a mix of local sounds with dance music.


There was just enough room for everyone to sit, eat, mix, mingle, dance and find the people behind it all to shake hands. Bill, Detlef and their crew all celebrated in uniform making sure everyone was taken care of.


After dinner and a couple drinks, the real fun was honing your island dancing skills down on the bow of the ship with the Ackers and the ladies from the Mnuw.

The final seconds were counted down and 2013 was saluted with Mnuw cannon fire, a Bill Acker original.

The year started with a ship’s flare illuminating the lagoon in red while most of us danced off the free champagne toast hand-delivered to every guest by Detlef.

Happy New Year from Manta Ray Bay Resort.

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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
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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