Yap Dive Season

Diving Yap by: Brad Holland

This week has been going pretty strong with the big-animalness of Yap and the diving has been ripping.


We have all kinds of people on deck from all over the world and everyone’s been complimenting their dive log entries.

I have to say that it’s a really good time of year to make this island your place and my hard drive is growing by over 10 gigs a day – it’s on in Yap.

We have some good connecting tides with the dive schedule and when those come together, it just spices things up a bit.

We’re getting it all Shark and Manta.



Another cool thing that’s going on is that there’s been new divers in the pool for weeks.

Bill’s training his second father/daughter combo tomorrow.

For a few… this is their first ever dive log entry – not too shabby.

“Grey and Black Tip Reef Sharks, 25+, swimming right next to me, depth: 15m/50ft, time: 65 minutes, dive buddy: my dad”


Vertigo is a stunning shark show and these guys know how to knock a dive out of the park any given day. If anyone reads this and shows up someday, tell em that you want to see Vertigo like on the blog. Then just figure out how close you want to get to the action.

When it comes to the mantas, these days they’re ripping around as close as the sharks.



This season you get pretty much every manta behavior, but giving birth.

We’re really seeing everything mantas do, which includes puking, pooping, breaching… things you normally don’t associate with a manta ray encounter, but it’s happening.

A little dive dock humor for you – a few guests were absolutely stoked to see a manta poop and celebrated getting bumrushed by a school of clean up fish – and, I think that’s a facebook profile picture somewhere.


IMG_0670 It’s all happening; mating trains coming in the channel, mantas backflipping in the lagoon, strafing the outer reef, getting cleaned… and yeah, pooping on a few guests.

I’ve almost been run over out there at Stammtisch – these guys are ripping by right between us.

This is the big animal show Yap has until April or May. After that it’s still sharks and mantas, but the behavior that comes with mating season makes for extra awesome diving.

Bill’s trying out a few things and working with people on getting to Yap and setting up a hotel and dive package. We have people that want it all including their own private pool… and some that want to bunk with their adult kids. We have divers who are here for 2 and 3 weeks and some that show up for 3 days. There’s families with diving and non-diving children out on boats together, everyone can pretty much get what they want – If you’re thinking about how to do Yap, I’d shoot an email, tell him how you want to roll and see what comes back.

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Availability & Reservations

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
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
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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