Yap Status Update

Anyone know what day it is? Things are firing over here, it’s a full house, full dock, full boats and a full reef… with Mantas that is. Stewart donated his photos from yesterday where he and his wife were in a Yap Manta ball at the Stomfitch cleaning station.

This is about as up close as it gets without breaking the Manta preservation rules.
Giant Manta Ray Encounters Yap Micronesia - Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay ResortYap Manta with Yap Divers Manta Ray Diving, Yap Island Micronesia

A key to the encounter consistency is the 100+ identified individual Manta Rays that call Yap home – as well as the government backed preservation program started by Bill.

There is no predicting these animals, they come and go with no trace of a pattern. High tide, low tide, mild current, strong current, clear water or murky, part of their magic is their mysterious nature.

This is off-season Yap Manta Diving, it gets better when they swim the channels in long mating trains and dance over the reef in courtship.

The cleaning station is where they come and hover a foot or two over the corral in slow flyby patterns creating outstanding photo opportunities.

Giant Manta Up Close, Yap Micronesia

Stewart and Christine are from England and have circled the globe on underwater adventures for the last couple of decades and as of yesterday added Yap Mantas to their photography collection. Not a bad way to start their dive week.

Big animals and more big animals

A nice site selection by their guide Nico, brought them to Vertigo for their second tank. After rolling in, a look down the wall showed the white sand bottom some 241 feet down. An epic day to experience Yap Sharks in full curious form.

Diving Vertigo with Sharks, Yap Micronesia I still don’t know which animals come closer, the Mantas or the Sharks.

There are aquarium days being lived here this week. There is no bait box or chum being used, this is natural Yap Shark behavior on the Philippine Sea reef.

Some of the most fun sites for being out in huge blue water with a gentle current are found on Yap’s east coast.

Here divers get to hang over the reef’s edge and swim with sharks as big as themselves just out of arm’s reach away.


Yap Sharks at Vertigo with Yap Divers

Bill Acker hospitality

Yap Divers flagship dive boat, Popou A full resort raises the energy levels and Bill responds with a little custom addition. After all the divers return from a couple of tanks and a short boat ride, the clock strikes pool-thirty and everyone gets some solid vacation time in.

Manta Ray employees suited up in traditional attire and performed a bamboo dance on the lawn. This is one of Yap’s most charming attributes, it’s a place where ancient culture and the modern day world meet.

Traditional dance, WiFi and micro-brew in an infinity pool. I don’t know where else this happens, but here, it’s just another Tuesday.

Yap Traditional Bamboo Dance, Manta Ray Bay Resort Guests woke up to their buffet breakfast, then met their dive gear already setup on their boat, spent several hours underwater with Yap wildlife and made it back in time for early happy hour and a free poolside cultural experience.

The more I learn about this place the more the Manta Ray Bay stands out as its own unique dive vacation experience.

If it wasn’t a global Manta hotspot and home to hundreds of sharks, it would still be a destination where you get something special and dive clear tropical waters with 5 other people in your group.


Bill’s operation is demonstrating outstanding hospitality in concert with Yap’s blue water and big animal populations. Diving and vacation at your pace with a couple of things you just don’t get anywhere else. This is what Manta Ray Bay looks like as of yesterday, on deck, and on the reef.


1 thought on “Yap Status Update”

  1. this will definitely have to be put on my wish list of places to dive. I have also heard that the coral there is unbelievably beautiful. if you have any more pictures I would love to see them and the description of the after dive sounds almost as close to heaven as dive itself.

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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
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