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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, ny, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 5073
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, PNG, Fiji, Australia, Hawai'i, Palau, Truk, Brazil
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Safe place for camera on boat but no table or tank.  Guides help with
camera and are excellent at positioning photographers for best manta shots.
 Photo pro Julie was extremely expert & helpful.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
We went to Manta Ray Bay for the mantas, and we saw, admired, and
photographed a lot of mantas.  The well-kept Yap secret, though, is that
the diving on the fringing reef is magnificent . . . as good as most reef
dives in Palau or Fiji.  The dive guides are careful and attentive.  Can
you get me where I can photograph mantas head-on instead of shooting up
toward the surface?  Answer: Thats my job  and he did!  The
accommodations at MRB are excellent (occupancy was low when we were there.)
 We had a spacious and well air-conditioned room on the first floor with a
little outside dip pool which was enjoyable.
The dining isnt up to the high standards of the diving and accommodations.
 The restaurant is an Indonesian ship, imaginatively restored and converted
to a three-level restaurant and bar before being sailed to Yap.  Breakfast
was good, and the dinner pizza was tasty, but almost all other food draws
on Yapese cuisine to the near exclusion of what is likely to appeal to
Americans or Europeans.  We arent picky eaters, and in twenty-five years
of dive resorts and boats around the world we have eaten and enjoyed some
odd stuff, but Yapese food was beyond us. The morning dive returns between
12 and 12:30 but the restaurant doesnt open until - 2:30!  There is a
nice, much cheaper and air-conditioned place for lunch across the road.  
Typically two morning dives, one in the afternoon, one at night - dive when
you want.  No shore diving from the hotel property  we never heard about
anywhere else, either. The dive boats are comfortable and the runs to dive
sites are scenic.  The guides are personable and expert, and will plan
dives to accommodate travel plans.  One explained to us that we were going
to one manta channel two days running because other divers were leaving the
next day.  A very nice touch  how many dive guides explain why theyre
taking you where they are?  Nitrox if you want it - don't really need it -
but no facility for O2 analysis.
Visit Yap for the mantas  they are magnificent -  but get in a few reef
dives, too.
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