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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay Divers/Manta Ray Bay in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Raymond Rowe, NY, usa
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Report Number 4447
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
palau, Kosrae, Truk,PNG, Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We followed the dive guide to get into position to view the Mantas  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Terrific setup for cameras at the dive shop. locker, charging, etc plus an
on site photo shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We got what we expected. Manta and more Mantas. We were there in mating
season and saw 30 or so mantas an most dives in Miil channel. The channel
had limited vis - perhaps as low as 30 ft at times but there was nothing as
exciting as seeing those huge mantas coming out of the gloom to pass within
a couple feet of you. Photography for us was pretty close to monochrome
because photos without flash were best. The mantas were so close that we
didn't need additional light to see every detail on their bodies. Watching
how they flapped their wings and controlled themselves with small wingtip
and front fin subtleties was just terrific. I could have stayed there for
hours at a time. As it was most dives ended after about 45 min. Our depth
was 60-70 ft most of the time. Often I lay on the bottom supported only by
my elbows holding the camera. As well as groups of mantas, I took some
photos so close I could only see a small portion of their bodies. 

Manta Ray Bay is a terrific hotel and dive operation. Their guides really
know the mantas and are the most experienced divers on the island. I think
we lucked out choosing this hotel. 

The Mnuw, an old cargo boat from Indonesia was moored to shore and served
as their restaurant and bar. The food was fine but after a while became too
familiar. We found several restaurants near the hotel that had terrific
manus and food also. 

Some divers also dove outside the reef and their reports of clear water and
lots of fish life and more mantas sounded great. Our choice was to stay in
the Miil channel akd keep watching mantas swim past us. 

Next time I come I'll spend more time in Yap and less on the other islands.
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