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!
Hi Patrica and Bill Happy 25th Anniversary to the Yap diver! Yap is still our favorite place for diving. We always tell people about it and show our diving pictures. We have made short movies shot by Gerry and show it to our friends. And now with hydroponic farm starting in Yap, wow! Gerry has tried small hydroponic kits in our apartment. Not so good. Happy Anniversary! See you next...
Good morning Bill, How amazing to hear from you. Our visit to Yap was undoubtedly a highlight of our diving career and certainly as far as the Pacific is concerned. We thoroughly enjoyed our sojourn with you and wholeheartedly endorse all the sentiments expressed in your e-mail. Your crew and staff were absolutely outstanding and your personal hospitality, was wonderful. The only difficulty for us, is that it takes approximately...
Dear Bill, Wow! We returned from our stay in Yap. We just cannot say enough good things about our trip to Yap and Ulithi and especially our stay at Manta Ray. As a matter of fact, we are looking into booking another trip to Manta Ray Bay Resort (hopefully in December 2011) along with a trip to Chuuk (this time around). Your resort was just amazing and the staff was...
Ridiculously great service and facility you have at Manta Ray Bay, Bill. It will be reflected as such in my article. Of the four places I stayed at in Palau, Chuuk and Yap, Manta Ray Bay Hotel was the best.
Dear Manta Ray Bay Team, Got back safe and sound to Switzerland - oh guys here it's quite a bit cooler although not yet really cold with about 2-5°C. First of all I wish to thank you all for making my stay in Yap such an outstanding event and making me "feel at home". I had a great time at your place and some awesome diving during my stay. As...
Thanks so much for a most memorable time. We treasure the memories we have of Manta Ray Bay and all of you!! The people we met diving have become lifelong friends, and we hope to return someday soon to your magical island!!
Hello Bill, Just to let you know we had a memorable week in Yap and at Manta Ray Bay .- a week that we will always remember and treasure We have traveled to many places around the globe, but Yap is a very special place in this crazy world of ours - and your hotel is unique and extra special. It surely must be a candidate for "one of the...
– Charmaine, Kyleand Bernie Rayner, Cairns, Australia
Dear Bill and Team at Manta Ray Bay, We just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU to all the staff at Manta Ray Bay for the wonderful holiday and all the care and consideration when Matthew (our son) was taken ill and had to go to hospital. Your staff were like having a large family around us! Luckily after a full day of care and medication he was...
We would like to thank you again for the wonderful experience we had at your resort. As I wrote in my report to Undercurrent.org, it is one of the finest resort we have ever stayed at and we travel a lot. Your staff is awesome and really make you feel welcome. Jan runs a very efficient dive operation and all of the divemasters we encountered were very helpful and safety...
– Ann Donahue and Ken Sutherland, Vancouver, Canada
Bill, I love your resort -- everything, from top to bottom. John and Willy took such amazingly good care of us while diving, and every other member your staff was wonderful too. And spending a couple hours in the spa on Saturday was the perfect ending to the trip. But I don't feel like I'm ever going to get over the jet lag. I can't wait to come back. Best...
We've stayed in several hotels across the FSM and we were very impressed with Manta Ray Bay Resort. You have top-notch facilities, friendly and exceptional service and a welcoming atmosphere that we only wish every hotel could have! With your "post-stay" email, we continue to be impressed by your outstanding service and we can't wait to be back in Yap and hope to stay there again.
Apologies, I meant to email a few days ago to say thanks for the great trip! Way too brief to be honest - next time I need to book at least two weeks at the resort, but I loved every moment of it - thank you very much for everything.