Take a journey through the wonders of Yap. From stone money, to cultural dances, to Yapese "highways", to traditional fishing and anciant mariners, you will be sure to experince the richness of Yapese life.
The Yapese have managed to maintain their ancient culture better than anywhere else in Micronesia. The heritage and traditions of the Yapese people are carefully nourished to preserve the Micronesian way of life.
Bill Acker, founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, is proud to share his love of Yap and diving with guests from all over the world. A resident of Yap for almost 30 years, Bill is eminently qualified to make your Micronesian dive experience one that you’ll never forget. Bill and his family own and operate the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
Welcome to The Manta Ray Bay Resort. We are a small, 4-star resort located on the wonderful island of Yap in Micronesia. Enjoy your stay in our luxurious, individually themed rooms. Delight your tastes at our floating restaurant, the Mnuw Restaurant and Bar. Dive in to adventure with our expericed dive team. Relax into bliss at our Taro Leaf Spa. Welcome to paradise.
Our resort offers many different package and activities for everyone to enjoy the wonders of Yap. From our hotel & diving packages to island tours to kayak adventures to spa treatments, our resort offers packages individually tailored to you.
There are many special times to visit Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort, like Yap Day, MantaFest, and during the manta ray mating season. Plus, we have partnered with the best resort operators and vessels in the region to offer truly unique and luxurious experiences.
The Manta Ray Bay Resort was built FOR divers, BY divers. Our harborside dive center, Yap Divers, has everything you’d expect from a PADI 5-star facility and SSI Platinum Dive Center, and so much more. Yap Divers is a full-service facility with modern boats, rental gear, dive shop, camera bays, gear rinse and storage.
Come experience all that Yap has to offer. From exclusive, world-class diving to vibrant mangroves to pristine beaches to a fascinating history to a rich, anciant culture, Yap truly is a wonder to behold.
Serving only 1,000 divers a year, we offer our guests crowd-free dive sites and VIP service. Yap has a resident population of manta rays and several shallow cleaning stations where divers can see mantas year-round. And, Yap is more than just mantas! We have great blue water diving, shark diving, wall diving, critter diving, black water diving and large schools of big game fish!
Among the mangroves you will go were none can go but by kayak. There are no roads, no way to bring a powered boat in and no habitation, there is but you and nature. This is the perfect way to explore one of the few ecosystems on this planet that remains untouched by man.
Imagine looking over the side of the boat into ink blue water so clear that you can see fish swimming 100 feet below you. Imagine being on a boat 20 yards from the edge of the reef, looking across the turquoise colored lagoon to the verdant, green tropical island in the background. You cast your lure into the surf breaking on the edge of the reef and then boom – a huge black Giant Trevally comes from the surf line and attacks your wooden bait. The fight is on.
The Manta Ray Bay Hotel’s Concierge staff offer a complete range of land tours specifically designed to showcase the unique island culture of Yap. Everything from the famous stone money and stone money banks, to traditional thatched roof men’s houses, centuries old stone paths which are still used to connect the various villages, to the flora and fauna.
When meeting people for the first time, the most asked question of me is "Why Yap – what is it about this place that made you make it your home"? The answer to this question, at least for me, is very simple – the people. The Yapese people are the nicest people I have ever been associated with and every day I am on this island, surrounded by my family, friends and co-workers is a blessing. Life has been very good to me. This brings me to today's main topic – Graduation Season.
Throughout the years we have been honored to host several top professional photographers and videographers. From Paul Tzimoulis to William "Bill" Macdonald. From Marty Snyderman to Andy Schumacher. From David Doubilet to David Fleetham plus many, many more. We are very honored to be able to share some of the images captured in Yap by these great friends.
Imagine the thousands of divers who have visited us over the years. Now imagine the wonderful memories they captured via photographs both above and below water. We want to share these with you and ask you to consider posting your memories of Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
We know it can be a daunting task to book travel to Yap with diffeent time zones, the International Date Line and often confusing flight schedules. Let us help you make getting to Yap a warm, tropical breeze. Ask Bill!
Dear Bill: I want to say "thanks" on behalf of all our group for your hospitality in Yap. The tremendous effort you have put in to make MRB a world class resort shows. Congratulations. We had a wonderful time diving and visiting Yap.
Andrew, Please pass my thanks to everyone for the stay and particularly Bill for his hospitality that last day and the fishing. I would recommend taking smaller kegs of beer on board though and still think 5% level is a little low. Thoroughly enjoyed the diving; I've already passed your details to two people who should be in contact and I'll certainly recommend you to my travel agent. I only...
As mentioned during our pleasant conversation at the airport I think you can definitely be proud of what you have achieved so far - your passion and dedication can be seen and felt everywhere at the Manta Ray and Yap Divers. Although I know quite well that business in the tourism industry is tough let me be selfish and hope you won't give up or even retire ;-)))))
We had a fantastic time at the Manta Ray Bay last month. We enjoyed all our dives, especially being able to dive with Bill and Patricia. It was great of Patricia to "hang out" with me around 30 feet while I conserved my air so I could stay with the group instead of sitting in the boat while the surface was so choppy. I had worried about my recent back...
– Matt and Stacie Gensic, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Bill ...I took up diving late in life and I’m thankful for the 20 years I got.....but I surely do miss it ! Without a doubt Yap Island is my favorite Micronesian destination....The people, the diving,of being made to feel like part of a large “family” at Manta Ray Bay Resort. (I know you foster this atmosphere) ...memories to last the rest of my life... Have a great New Year,...
Dear Bill and Patricia, Vikki and I want to congratulate you on the Taro Leaf Spa. The design and construction are wonderful and the garden, waterfalls and soothing music all provide the right setting for relaxation. We have had massages at various spas all over the world. Hundreds of them and none have been better than what we just received from your people. Patricia, you have trained the ladies very...
Dear Bill, Just a line or two to say thanks to you and Patricia for out stay between 16th and 27th March 2011. The diving was great and the people simply delightful.we took away happy memories and lots of photos which will serve as a reminder of happy days.Please pass on our thanks to all the staff especially Jan who showed great patience and gave great encouragement to Jane to...
Hi Bill and the team at the Manta Ray Thanks so much for the wonderful time we had in Yap..still raving about it and have already passed your details on to a group of Aussies that we met on our flights home. Also have highly recommended you to our travel agent DiveFish and Snow here in NZ. We have DVDs to exasperate our friends and family with!!! It is between...
Hi Bill, Sometimes it takes a little bit longer things to handle – so it was with the great stay at the Manta Ray Bay hotel. Although we are traveling a lot – it was a very unique experience for us. We enjoyed the amazing dives – especially Vertigo, Alex Alleys and Yap Cavern - as well as the nice rooms, your great staff, the food in your ship restaurant...