Yapese Double Tap

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IMG_0324This is how these guests are double-tapping their dive logs with Yap’s flagship underwater visitor experience – back to back big animal dives.

The most exciting manta experiences are right now, tis the season for the best action.

A year-round presence is part of package here, however for seeing the most animals and getting the closest encounters it’s during the mating season – December to April.

IMG_0325 There is a ramp-up in the action where we start seeing mantas in bigger numbers and different individuals who’s shyness is overridden by mating urges.

Manta planning tip

This all starts in November and will last until May with the most spectacular shows in the middle months of that span.

When planning to check this off your bucket list, shoot for anytime between Thanksgiving and Mother’s day for dancing manta balls and trains of rays buzzing by for all of your 3000 psi.

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Sharks are a true year-round show.

These guys are here rain or shine, and Vertigo looks like this any given day of the week.

There’s no need to plan any specific time to get the most out of this site,  – it’s always on in the Philippine Sea.

So much shark action in the blue that you barely notice the denim shorts in the foreground.

Vertigo Tip

This dive site is about 25 minutes from the dive shop given that it’s not slack low tide – you want to hit this reef an hour or two before the highest tide for the clearest water, and shortest boat rides.

Tell your dive guide before you leave that you want Vertigo like you see it on the blog – they’ll know what that means.

The only thing that holds back this dive is swell/surge. It’s not fun to be swinging back and forth over the reef like a pendulum and the sharks aren’t as personal – the good news is that swells don’t hold out for more than a day or two, it’s easy to hit it right. IMG_0841

IMG_0842These photos are from the same two-tank morning – dives like this leave little to envy whether it was your first open water dive or you’re the veteran photog that’s been all over the world.

This combination will most likely be your first two tanks here and this is what it looks like right now for the guests and my Canon.

This combination starts at low tide that offers the best visibility at the cleaning station.

After a long manta dive and surface interval, Vertigo will be shining.

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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
ASALI
ASALI
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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