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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in
Micronesia/Yap

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6316
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
 All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorros, PNG, GBR, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Korsae, Chuuk   
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO Deco  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
At Yap Divers, there were large dedicated rinse tanks for cameras. Also,
spacious camera stations are available by the gear room with power outlets,
air, chamois, and lights. 
On the dive boats, there was a small rinse bucket for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was my second visit to Manta Ray Bay Hotel (MRBH) and Yap Divers and
it was very enjoyable. 
Our dive boat accommodated 5 divers very comfortably. The boat has tank
boots, a large covered area, dry boxes for clothes/towels. We were doing
3-tank trips so snack/lunch, water, hot tea and towels were provided.

Our crew, Nico and Chomed, did a great job; very helpful and friendly.

The marine life is primarily pelagics--mantas and sharks. Had several
awesome manta encounters at a relatively new cleaning station that is in
shallow water < 20'. Literally did 75 minute dives with several mantas.
Also, had a great shark-feed dive at the Vertigo dive site. The frozen chum
ball was suspended in mid-water with a blue water background; great for
photos and no sandy bottom stirred up.

There is limited macro-photo ops -- a few nudi's, leaf fish, and porcelain
crabs. The south end walls provide lots of swim thru's for leisurely dive
touring.

The MRBH provides nice, spacious, clean rooms. The restaurant (the Mnuw)
has good food but not a great variety. The in-house brew, Stone Money, is a
good libation. The resort staff was helpful and friendly.

My room could use some additional lighting and power outlets. Internet is
very expensive at $7/hr. Walk to the phone company (about 5 minutes) and by
a 200 MB card for $20. It should last several days and provides a good
connection.

I would visit Yap and MRBH for a 3rd time but not in the near future.

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