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Dive Review of Traders Ridge Resort in

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tim, FL, USA
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Report Number 2391
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Phillipines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After check out dives there were no restrictions.  Divers could dive
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No dunk tanks for cameras on boats.  There are protected compartments for
your cameras.  The best photo encounters are with the larger fish and
Mantas.  Little macro opportunity.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was a great trip once the numbness from the long flight wore off. 
Traders Ridge met us at the Yap airport and took care of us the entire
stay.  The Resort is very comfortable with AC and plenty of hot water. 
King size beds, mini bar, drinking water, pool, laundry service and
restaraunt all top notch.  The Resort was recently remodelled but retains
the architecture of the early 1900's.  The food was very good and prepared
fresh.  The service was 5 star.  
Traders Ridge had just recently taken over the dive operation and retained
most of the old employees.  The Dive shop, equipment room, air fill station
and marina are in one spot.  Easy walk from your room.  They offer Nitrox
for those certified. Equipment room was secured and had a nice breeze
through at night so the gear was dry each morning. 
The check out dive was to Manta Ridge and that is one of the prime
divesites on the island.  Mike and Xavier were our divemasters the 6 days
we stayed and they are great.  After the first few dives we could pick our
spots and dive to the limits of our computers.  Our group of three divers
had several dives over 90 minutes waiting for the Mnatas.  We saw the
Mantas on most of the dives scheduled to that location.  Grey Sharks,
Whitetip Sharks, Napolean Wrasse, Horse Eye Jacks, large schools of
Barracuda could be seen on most any dive.  Lionfish, nudibranchs, turtles,
moray eels and starfish are common.  We enjoyed the night dive for
Mandarinfish.  We thought we would be lucky to spot one but were surprised
by the large number of them hidden in the Staghorn coral.  Mike and Xavier
have a secret method for ensuring you will see the Mandarinfish. 
The weather has 84 degrees most days and cloudy which helped keep the
sunburns down.  Occasional rains helped cool things off and did not affect
The island tour arranged by Traders Ridge was a nice way to see the island
as we waited our last day for a 10pm flight out.  I would recommend Traders
Ridge because of the service and comfort we enjoyed.
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