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Dive Review of Traders’ Ridge Resort in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Barada, CA, US
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Report Number 5951
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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

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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