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Dive Review of Yap Divers/Manta Ray Bay Resort in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Hays, VA, USA
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Report Number 4408
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Cocos, Cozumel, Fiji, Florida Keys,
Galapagos, Malpelo, Palau, Sea of Cortez, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits were guided towards the seeing of the target critters - some
days we were taking the Manta Ray awareness course, so we headed directly
to their cleaning stations.  Other days we were looking for reef fish,
sharks, so we successfully stayed where we could find them.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Only the largest day boat had underseat storage for cameras separate from
other diver gear 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We traveled to Yap to take the Manta Ray Awareness course with author Bill
Acker.  Spending time with this Texan was an absolute delight in his
sharing of knowledge about the fascinating namesake creatures that were
most cooperative during our February trip.  We were treated to many
sightings of mantas which definitely made the trip from the opposite side
of the planet worthwhile.  Additions to my life list include mantis shrimp,
mandarinfish, a school of 30 bumphead parrotfish, 13 baby sharks, and a
hawksbill turtle. Favorites which I enjoyed seeing again included many
angelfish, anemonefish, boxfish, butterflyfish, chromis, damsels,
dascyllus, eagle rays.  gregories, nudibranchs, octopus, pipefish, puffers,
 wrasse, pipefish, surgeonfish, tang, tobies, trumpetfish and unicornfish, 

The dive operators did an excellent job of taking us to see absolutely
everything on our list and were most gracious about it. 

As for the hotel accommodations, we had treated ourselves to the charmingly
elegant honeymoon suite with the stone waterfall shower and hand-carved
It also featured a balcony with a view of the water.  The only thing that
interfered with the illusion we had crossed over into a completely
different world from the Washington DC beltway was the noise from the
traffic on the adjacent highway.  Next time we might prefer to overlook the
pool with its unique manta mosaic.   

The completely authentic ambience of the restaurant on the antique Japanese
junk boat meant that the flying insects, heat and humidity accompanied
every meal.  The top deck's bar was nice when there was a breeze, but for a
true respite, we had exactly one air-conditioned restaurant that we could
walk to down the street.  When we tried to dine at another resort, there
was only a Manta Ray Bay employee available to take us over there - we were
literally stranded at the end of the meal and were eventually driven back
by the chef of the other restaurant after we unintentionally closed the
place down.

We took the Village Cultural tour and were also there for Yap Day, so we
got a thorough exposure to the colorful local culture, music and dance. 
The finely handcrafted bag that I purchased at the market has brought me
many compliments back here.  The custom video that we had done has been a
wonderful educational tool for me to use.  
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