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Dive Review of Beyond the Reef/Traders' Ridge Resort in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Julian Lamborn, TX, USA
Report Number 728
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Red Sea, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef (Cod Hole), Micronesia (Truk
& Palau), Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Takje your own equipment and develop the films when back home:...Yap has no
good photoprocessing 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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The accommodation and food at Traders' Ridge is first class and the staff
there do everything to ensure the visitor has no problems.  The Beyond the
Reef dive operation is very good and uses small fast boats (with canopies)
suitable for up to four divers.  The dive-staff are very helpful and handle
all the gear including set-ups and washing.  The dive operation is run by
Dave (an ex-pat) and he has very competent divemasters...particularly
Gordon (a very helpful Yapese).  The hard coral on Yap is, for the most
part, in excellent condition but there is little or no soft coral.  Saw
mantas (not a lot) and many sharks (nurse, white tip, black tip and reef). 
Lots of reef fish life.  September is not the best time to visit Yap,
February is considered the best time to see mantas.  The weather was a bit
rainy one day (out of six diving days), but the vis was up to 100' on
occasion.  Couldn't dive Mi'l channel because of tides/vis, but did dive
Yap Caverns at the southern tip of the island:....awe inspiring.  All in
all a great trip and worth 15 hours in a plane!
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