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Dive Review of Beyond The Reef/N/A in
Micronesia/Yap

Beyond The Reef/N/A, Jun, 2004,

by Beth & Matt Dodd, GU, Guam . Report 1090.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Saipan, Rota, Guam, Chuuk, Yap, Palau, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive by your computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Great place to take pictures! No dedicated rinse tank or table at shop. No facilities on boat either, but crew were careful to put cameras in a safe place onboard. They were also good with handling.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Despite a recent typhoon, we found Yap to be as wonderful as it was when we visited 4 years ago. As an island, they have really pulled together and are recovering well. It is back to its lush, green beauty again. All utilities are restored and all major hotels (Trader's Ridge, Manta Ray Bay, Pathways, ESA, etc.) are up and running well. As for the diving (what you really want to know about!), it is still fabulous. We did 13 dives over 2 1/2 weeks and were not disappointed!

The southern tip reefs (Lionfish Wall, Yap Caverns, & Gilman Wall) were all still pristine with beautiful hard & soft coral, tons of reef fish & small critters, & nice pelagic action (Sharks, Trevally, a large school of Tuna, schools of huge Humphead Parrotfish, many schools of Snapper, etc.) Even got to see a pair of Sting Rays at a cleaning station! Currents that meet at the tip of the reef make for nice drifting!

Speaking of drifting, we did 2 awesome, adrenaline pumping dives in Mi'il Channel on quick incoming tides. Obviously the fish liked the fast current too as we saw lots of sharks, big Humphead Parrot fish, Napoleon Wrasse, Bat Fish, & big Golden Trevally. Even spotted a nice sized Painted Rock Lobster. Did one dive in Mi'il Channel at outgoing tide (which equals maybe 20' vis) to see the Mantas. Had one 12 footer swooping over our heads at the deep cleaning station for as long as our computers allowed us to stay. Saw others as we came in & went out, but couldn't be sure if they were actually different Mantas, or the same one due to the vis. Went back once more, but no Mantas that time. Instead, there were 2 Sharks getting cleaned. It was really cool to watch one go into his head up, tail down, mouth open, "clean me" posture!

If you enjoy small critters/macro photography, they you'll love some of their sites inside the lagoon. 1:2 (said "one to two") was chock full of little critter surprises both day & night. They have a couple of sites where they find Mandarin Fish consistently. It was really neat to be able to see them mate at dusk!

Yap is definitely back in business for diving!

We dove with Beyond the Reef 4 years ago when we visited & found them just as great this time. One of the things we like best about them is that they cater to small groups - no cattle boats here! They offer very personalized service with competent & friendly staff! We definitely plan to go back!
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