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Dive Review of Beyond the Reef/Traders Ridge Resort in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA
Report Number 684
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Roatan, Florida
Keys, and assorted
other places in the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Followed recommended profiles to maximize bottom time on Manta dives.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Traders' Ridge Resort is fabulous.  A stunning property!  The grounds are
beautiful, the pool area is landscaped exquisitely, the
public spaces and open air bar and restaurant are elegant and tropical
genteel as were the rooms.  We didn't want to leave to go
diving!  If you had a non-diver in the group that wants to sun bathe and
hang out at the pool and enjoy a few 'boat drinks' they 
could be happy here.  If they add spa services it would be perfect.  The
food at the restaurant was so good we never left the
property.  The seafood dishes were sublime. Breakfast  and lunch services
was a bit slow for divers on the go....  

The diving was with Beyond the Reef.  They did a real nice job.   Diving
was very tide dependent so we had to leave at a very
specific time each day.  Yap is known for its Manta sightings for a reason.
 In 400 previous
dives we had seen one lonely, distant Manta 
on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Here they are a daily occurrence and
numerous.  Sightings are virtually guaranteed on Miil Channel
dives.  The Mantas come down the channel to cleaning stations.  The guides
would position us in the sand near by and unless
something, or someone, spooked them they would stay awhile.  Lots of sharks
and Lionfish too!  A new species for us was
the Crocodile fish.  A highlight one day was a twilight dive (only 30 feet
for 80 minutes) to see the Mandarin Fish.  What a 
thrill.  What a beautiful fish. Coral healthy.  

We give this resort an A+ and the dive operator a B+     
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