Yap Shark Diving

Yap is a world-class location for diving with reef sharks. Thanks to our healthy shark stocks, encounters with the three most common species, – Grey Reef Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, are almost guaranteed during a one week stay. In fact, those shark species had been seen on almost every dive site around the island.

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Manta Ray Bay makes your Shark Day happen

shark_3_thumbWith more than two decades of professional shark diving under the belt, Yap Divers will do the best to ensure you will enjoy your encounters with the gracious “tigers of the sea.” Apart from the Whitetip Reef Shark, who can often be observed resting on the bottom of the reef, most encounters will begin with an animal passing below or in front of you in the open water. Depending on the interest of the shark it will either leave the scene, or come closer to investigate you. Usually, a distance of three meters is sufficient for most sharks to make use of their sensing organs, the “Ampullae of Lorenzini” and “lateral line.” However, it is always possible that a shark approaches you at a closer distance, which is NO reason to feel threatened.

Vertigo… A Manta Ray Bay Diving Must

DSC_9589_thumbA definite “must-do” for shark friends is our shark feeding at Vertigo Reef. The sharks are already present on spot, but once the chumsickle is in the water their elegant semblance rapidly changes for their hunting mode. More than 15 reef sharks, mostly Grey and Blacktip Reef Sharks, will speed up to get their share of the bait as the divers sit still on the balcony formed by an array of dead hard corals. Note that the sharks are very much focussed on the bait, they hardly seem to notice the divers.

We take great pride in our professional shark feedings – in all of our 25 years we have never had an accident with the animals. Many pro photographers and videographers worked with Yap Divers because we can provide and handle the rare opportunity to really get eye-on-eye with the sharks. This is clearly something you really should not miss out to make your Yap experience complete!

Most Common Shark species to Yap Divers

Grey-Reef_thumbGrey Reef Shark

Behavior towards divers – The popular “territorial behavior“ associated with hunching, threat displays and fake attacks is uncommon around Yap’s main island even though this body language was first described relatively close to Yapese waters in the Marshall Islands.
Yap – Yap has a healthy population, that are usually more restricted to the outer reef, but they can also be seen in the Mi’l and Goofnuw channels. Big numbers are more regular on the West coast like Yap Corner (incoming water), where we often see small juveniles! Encounters are also frequent in Yap Caverns once you enter their territory off the slope in 80ft (25m). However the biggest population is found at Vertigo at depths lesser than 45ft (15m). This spot is not only used for our shark feeding, but also serves as mating ground for Yap’s population of the Grey Reef Shark. The staff of Yap Divers & Manta Visions witnessed and filmed gatherings of more than 40 specimens in recent years. – Wikipedia

Whitetip-Reef2_thumbWhite Tip Reef Shark
Behavior towards divers – Highly individual. Some animals will avoid divers and swim away when approached, others do allow divers to get as close as a few inches. The species is considered harmless, still it is a wild animal that should never be cornered.
Yap – In Yap, this shark is an abundant and can be seen virtually everywhere, even close to the mangroves and in the vicinity of Manta Ray Bay Resort. The bottom of reef channels like Mi’l and Goofnuw (between 30-72ft) is home to a number of white tips. On these spots, it is not uncommon to see more than 5 white tips in one dive. Larger specimens are usually seen swimming by on outer reef sites like Yap Corner, Yap Caverns, or in the Main Channel. – Wikipedia

Blacktip-Reef2_thumbBlack Tip Reef Shark
Behavior towards divers – The species is not considered dangerous for humans, still it should be treated with respect as it can be very inquisitive, especially when there is food in the water.
Yap – In Yap, this shark species is more often seen on the Western side of the island. Even though it can be seen in various places like for instance in Yap Caverns, Vertigo is the prime spot to go. The reef flat of this place is a territory for 5-10 black tip reef shark that can be most often seen in depths less than 30ft (10m) since the deeper part of the reef is inhabited by grey reef sharks, which dominate over the smaller and less bulky black tip reef sharks. – Wikipedia

Sharks Galore

In addition to Grey Black and White tip reef sharks, 12 other species have been known to make friends here in Yap including Oceanic White tip, Oceanic Silver tip, Nurse, Lemon, Scalloped Hammerhead, Silky, Leopard, Tiger, and Whale shark .

Behavior towards divers – An encounter with a silky shark is a rare event (Silkies are true open-water species). Silky sharks are not known to be an aggressive species, but divers should keep calm when they are being checked out by this beautiful hunter. The calm nature of silkies quickly changes for the worse when carcasses of big fishes, oceanic whitetips (these two, rival against each other), or when whales are around.
Yap – There are plenty of silkies in Yap’s offshore waters and around Hunter’s Seamount. This is the most abundant shark species seen feeding on bait balls, and they often scavenge on hooked tunas and jacks as experienced by us on a regular basis. As a pelagic shark, the silky rarely makes incursions to the coastal reef, but sometimes one or two show up when a shark feeding takes place in Vertigo. – Wikipedia

Whale-2_thumbWhale Shark
Behavior towards divers – The biggest fish in the world can be moody: most whale shark “veterans” suggest that there three kinds of whale sharks: 1) players, 2) travellers, 3) ignorant ones. Whale sharks can be approached both with SCUBA or snorkel. There is no need to try to interact with a “traveller” type of whale shark; they can be so much faster than they appear to be when seen on TV.
Yap – Contrary to public belief, scientist have disapproved the theory that whale sharks follow migratory patterns throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. There are however hotspots for the species, and Yap is not one of them. On the other hand sightings occur every year, mostly around the Southern tip of the island, between Land’s End and Yap Caverns. – Wikipedia

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
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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