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Dive Review of Traders’ Ridge Resort in
Micronesia/Yap

Traders’ Ridge Resort, Mar, 2011,

by Robert Barada, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 5951.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Bora Bora, Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Hawaiian Islands, California, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Long flights: From San Francisco to Honolulu, to Guam to Yap with long layovers at each stop took its toll on us. Flights were generally full. Fortunately, we reserved early enough to get window/aisle seats as the long flights were 2X5X2 seating.

We got to Yap early Wednesday morning and went right to bed. The Yap airport is pretty much a zoo. Arriving there is no baggage carousel, just a counter about 15 feet long. The baggage handlers plop everything on top of it and you have to navigate through a crowd to get your bag and carry it (not roll it) out of the masses. Departing it is even worse: Five separate stations where you have to stand in line to show your passport. No x-ray machines, so they have to search all of your luggage by hand.

Dieter and his helpers from Yap Pacific Dive Resort (formerly Traders Ridge) met us at the airport with buses and trucks to carry the luggage. Went to the hotel and they had our keys ready and went to bed. Beautiful hotel and spacious rooms with good air conditioning. Great service, and good food, although you need to plan plenty of time for your meals as the chef is very slow.

The dive operation was really great. Small boats with two powerful outboards and bimini tops for shade. We had 10 divers so they split us into two boats that went to the same dive sites. They picked up your gear at the hotel and took it down to the dive shop. You could walk down several flights of stairs to the shop, or they would take you down in a small bus. We walked. They would set up your gear, and rinse it and store it overnight for the next day’s dives. There was a rinse tank for your wetsuit and a drying room to hang it until the next day.

We did two dives the first afternoon and 3 dives the next two days. We did 2 manta dives, 4 dives outside the reef, a mandarin fish-mating dive in the twilight and a shark-feeding dive. The mantas were really close, but it was kind of murky because they feed on the plankton. Even so, some of our group got great pix because they were so close. One 82 minute dive because it was a maximum depth of 31 feet. Outside the reef at Vertigo and Yap Caverns was really clear water with lots to see, macro stuff and large pelagics. The coral seemed very healthy.
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