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Dive Review of Traders' Ridge in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Lewis, ca, USA
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Report Number 2551
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Hawaii, Palau, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay near a guide.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
fresh water on the dock, that's it. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Werner Lau closed up shop the week before we got to Yap. Traders' Ridge
hired a DM to run the shop and a local boat captain and diving guides. Very
nice people and they certainly tried to make the dives interesting. That
said, four days of the Manta Cleaning Station was three days too much for
my wife and I. The four other divers started each day with the chant,
"Manta, manta, manta!" We saw five rays the first day. None after
that. Viz was around 20 feet in the channel. Four days of hanging out on
the sand, 20' viz and nothing to look at. Great fun! Only on the last day
did we manage a different local - 1:2. Here we saw hundreds of tropical
fish including two lion fish, sole, pair of filefish and a lot of healthy
hard corals. A wonderful dive, but it really made the point that we spent
too much time sitting in the sand, waiting for manta rays. There is so much
more to see here. Also, if you are going all the way to Yap, spend the
extra and stay and Traders' Ridge. Great staff, great rooms and wonderful
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