Yap Status Report


IMG_0996The whole island has been buzzing with divers – there were about 7 boats running when this week kicked off.

For Yap, that’s a crowd. The good thing is that those 7 boat groups get to share over 100 miles of barrier reef.

Things are running day and night and some Aussies are taking 4 tanks a day squeezing two weeks worth of diving into one.

That means there’s a boat leaving the dock every hour all day until sunset.


IMG_1042I went biofluorescent night diving for my first time with a guest and saw some glowing coral heads at the local macro wall.

Speaking of macro, one of the typhoon stories here is that the dive shop dock and front seawall were getting hammered by the windblown sea and the guys were flipping Mantis Shrimp back into the water as they were being tossed up onto the resort lawn by the churning lagoon.

Apparently the place is crawling with those things. Quite a few lost their homes in the storm and paid a surprise visit to the dive shop.


IMG_1243 The mantas didn’t seem to mind, it’s business as usual at the cleaning stations.

Mating season is beginning and already we’re seeing trains of mantas come into the dive site.

Big females being followed by courting males add to the usual arm’s distance encounters at Stammtisch.

Soon these animals will be here in bigger numbers and getting it on in the channel, now until April/May will be the window for the most Manta interaction, better than normal encounters.


IMG_1280 The typhoon left trace evidence of its passing. Some of the plants near the dive dock are withered from being beaten by the airborne sea, and there’s a couple rearranged coral heads on the Pacific side of the island.

Other than that and a few blown over banana trees, Yap walked it off without a scratch.

The best season is kicking off with a lot of thankfulness that Yap’s still on the map – that was a super storm for these parts.



Planning Your Travel

While at DEMA and talking to hundreds of people that week, Bill was asked several times how to get to Yap – and off the top of his head he can rattle off the best route from just about anywhere.

I heard Korean Airlines from Prague to Air China to United – all Star Alliance members so you check your bag all the way through to Yap – and you don’t have to spend a whole day in Guam.

The word is, even wholesalers who look up flights in their reservation systems don’t see all of the available routes and options, it’s takes 30 years of doing this to have it nailed down. So, if you or a dive buddy are ever planning a Micronesia trip, send Bill and email and you’ll get the lowdown on getting here easy. Help spread the word, it makes a huge difference when people are deciding where to go.

In the meantime, we’re planning some events for 2014 and hopefully we’ll see a Shark Week, a Dive Party and a few other things go off that help ensure that Manta Ray Bay guests (and the blogger) are having a lot of fun and sharing plenty of good times.


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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
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