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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers in

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Kendall, CO, USA
Report Number 1400
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Fiji, Hawaii, St. Lucia, Cozumel, Netherlands Antilles
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with dive master; safety stop   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No station for cameras on board; no rinse bucket for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
The typhoon in April or so of 2004 had an impact on the trip; home-grown
fruits are non existent, everything has to be shipped in; blue tarps still
dot the city where roofs once were. The accomodations are good; the
restaurant good, but relatively pricey (I can't recommend the meal package,
rather that you explore the island occasionally for lunch & dinner).
The staff is pleasant & helpful.
Many coral reefs & lobster habitat are gone (Magic Kingdom might have
been an appropriate name prior to the typhoon; it isn't anymore). Yap
caverns are worth exploring; at M'il channel saw several Manta Rays &
some shark; good fishlife, though not plentiful.
Best aspects of the boat were Tim, the DM, & Henry, the skipper. They
prepped tanks for each dive. The boat requires a roll back off the sides
& entry via ladder on port side. The camera facilities are
non-existent; the dive break got us cake, but not much else (this might
reflect the scarcity of locally grown fruit).
Take advantage of the kayak trip through the Mangroves; it's a pleasant way
to spend the last day.
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