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Dive Review of Yap Divers/Manata Ray Bay Hotel in

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Woods, Ontario, Canada
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Report Number 5177
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, St Lawrence River, Cuba, Jamaica, Roatan, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Camera lockers and compressed air for drying equipment provided in dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Yap is bypassed by most divers on their way to Palau.  This is a mistake
especially if you are flying through Guam as your plane may already be
stopping here.  Yap markets itself for Manta diving but there is much more.
 I highly recommend the dusk Mandarin Fish dive and a visit to a
traditional village.  You will feel like you stepped into a National
Geographic documentary.  And try betal nut. Once!

When you have tired of the Mantas in the murky channels inside the lagoon,
get your dive boat to take you outside the lagoon to drift along the reef
in crystal clear water.  Current varies from day to day and can be quite
strong.  Two or three dives sites can be covered in one dive.  Our group's
favourite site was Yap Caverns.

Yap Divers in located in the Manta Ray Bay hotel.  The hotel is one block
from the main intersection in Colonia, the state capital.  Don't let this
scare you.  Colonia is a village.  The hotel dining room is a 100 year old
wooden sailing ship.  Ambiance is great; service is not.  Menu is limited
but the food is good.  Try the beer from the onsite microbrewery.
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