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Dive Review of Traders' Ridge Dive Shop/Traders' Ridge Resort in

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4591
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Caymans, Virgin Islands, Fiji, Cook Islands,
Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rodrigues, PNG, Palau, Yap, Bora Bora,
Rangiroa, Fakarava, Toau, many others...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
After diving in late November in Palau, I decided to go diving for a week
to Yap. It was actually surprisingly a very good decision. Early December
is a good time to be there, Yap is empty, quiet, no tourists, and most of
all I was very glad to stay in a wonderful Traders' Ridge Resort, where
everything was great, including Doug, the manager, tour guides, and
wonderful staff in the dive shop at Traders' Ridge. It was a low season
before Christmas, so I was almost the only person in the resort, and the
only diver on their great boats with wonderful staff treating me like a
king. Yap is famous for its manta channel, and on my first day I was
treated by 9 mantas dancing around me the whole dive. On the second day
there was only one hovering above us, however, few other dives there was no
manta at all. The channel could be very capricious, and mantas are not
always there, but what really was a great treat was diving the south side
of Yap. One of the best dive sites was Magic Kingdom, where on one dive we
had 3 big schools of humphead parrot fish, huge eagle ray, a manta, and
school of 7 big napoleons. White tip sharks, or black tips where present on
every dive, and coral looks healthy and well. Perhaps it wasn't the most
colorful one, but it was in quite good shape. Yap also has very nice shark
reef on the left side of manta channel, with many black tips and grey
sharks. Cultural trips to Rumung Island were wonderful, people were great,
and Yapese dances very interesting. If you get a bit bored you can visit
bar crowd in Manta Ray Hotel, or better yet, go for some local sightseeing.
Mandarin fish dive is quite interesting, and everyone should do that once
since it is so close to dive operator. I rented a car which allowed me to
visit every possible part of the island and every stone money bank garden.
Great trip overall, and Yap was not only about mantas, but also about
beautiful southern dive sites. If you intend to visit Yap, make sure you'll
stay at Traders' Ridge Resort.
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