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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in
Micronesia

Manta Ray Bay, Jul, 2010,

by Andy Kenley, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports). Report 5572.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving San Andres Colombia, Fl.Keys, Fl.Springs, Fl.Panhandle, Palm Beaches, Honduras, Cozumel, Aruba, Bonaire, Caymans, St.Marten, Bahamas, PNG, GBR, Coral Sea, Fiji, Kosrae, Yap, Palau, Kauai, NiHua, Kona.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 88 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limits of Computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Great facilities on land, very respectful of equipment on the boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Manta Ray Bay is a beautiful modern resort.It has an infinity pool.The owner is very hands on,and,is obviously interested in successfully marketing his property.He has done a great job with staff development.The restaurant is in an attached remodeled sailing ship. Pleasant ambiance,pedestrian menu.There are other places to eat in the neighborhood.Don't go to Yap for the cuisine.There is a micro brewery on site.The rooms are beautiful.All the staff were very customer friendly,but,the dive staff were exceptional.Great guys,very capable.
OK,the diving.We arrived and told the head diver that we were not interested in looking for Mantas in murky channels,we explained that we liked walls,live corals,clear waters and lots of fish.We got our wish. Beautiful walls,a lot of corals were damaged by a typhoon a few years ago,but,there is a lot of encouraging regrowth taking place.There are certainly fishy reefs there.The best thing I saw was a very large free swimming cuttlefish.He was great!Very adequate boats.We went on 2 unsuccessful Manta hunts in the murky cuts.Other divers saw them before and after we went to these sites.I would go back to Yap,but,only as a stop on a Central Pacific trip to other sites.
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