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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers in
Micronesia/Yap

Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers, Sep, 2004,

by John Kendall, CO, USA . Report 1400.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with dive master; safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments No station for cameras on board; no rinse bucket for cameras

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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