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Dive Review of Yap Divers/Manta Ray Bay Resort in
Micronesia/Yap

Yap Divers/Manta Ray Bay Resort, Feb, 2012,

by Ann Donahue, BC, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6456.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Hawai, Fiji, Mexico, Socorro Islands, Caribbean, Honduras, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational depth limit, dive time 60minutes +
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nice large separate area for cameras next to equipment lockers.
Staff very careful and efficient at passing cameras over to divers. Great location to shoot mantas up close!!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This resort is one of the best resorts we have visited as far as efficiency goes. The rooms are very large and decorated with beautiful Indonesian furniture. The staff is very friendly and everyone knows your name after a few days. The Mnuw bar and restaurant is relaxed and an excellent place to end a day of great diving along with one of the fine beers brewed in location.
The diving is awesome with lots of sharks, mantas but also smaller stuff including mandarin fish. Dives are usually shallow which means a longer dive time is possible and dive masters never rush you out of the water. Great for photographers! Yap is known for its mantas but it has so much more to offer: crocodile fish, pipefish, gobies, anemone fish, morays, marble and eagle rays, a great variety of tropicals.Divemasters are knowledgeable and helpful.
The culture of the island is vibrant and villages have kept a lot of their traditions. Don't miss the cultural tour!
Bill Acker, the owner is very present at the resort and will make sure that everyone has a pleasant experience.
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