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Dive Review of Beyond the Reef/Traders Ridge Resort in
Micronesia/Yap

Beyond the Reef/Traders Ridge Resort, Mar, 2003,

by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA . Report 684.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Followed recommended profiles to maximize bottom time on Manta dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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