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Dive Review of Yap Divers/Manta Ray Bay Resort in

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Garrison, Kansas, USA
Report Number 377
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Roatan, Cayman Brac, Marathon in Florida
Keys, Eastern Florida, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  Preferred we dive with the dive master but it was not required. We
had a mix of Nitrox and non Nitrox so almost every dive we ended up
splitting up half way through the dive.  Manta Ray dives under 90ft, reef
dives up to 110.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Did not have underwater photo equipment
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Yap is a wonderful place and excellent diving.  Bill Acker has carved out a
diver friendly business here.  Resort is excellent for a third world
country.  Large rooms, each decoratd in the theme of sea life.  large
showers, patios. Unfortunately no swimming pool. Restaurant and bar are on
an old wooden merchant ship, very colorful.  Diving operation is excellent.
 Staff rigs all equipment for every dive.  All you do is gear up and dive.
Water warm, wet suit not necessary.  Manta Rays were mating so they really
put on a show, rolls, loops etc. Swam very close so made up for poor
visibility.  Need to dive Nitrox so you can stay long enough to enjoy the
show. Reef diving was good but I believe the Caribbean beats them here. 
However their fish are more colorful and more variety, not all Parrots. Not
a lot to do on shore but a few night spots and places to shop. Highly
recommend the cultural tour on the last day, we hired a private guide and
he was excellent.  All arranged through the resort.  Yap has a strong
cultural foundation and you need to learn about it and the stone money.
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