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Dive Review of Yap Divers/O'Keefe's Waterfront Inn in
Micronesia

Yap Divers/O'Keefe's Waterfront Inn, Sep, 2009,

by Vicky Smith, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5184.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, South Pacific, Caymans, FL Keys, Andros, Belize...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments On Yap we dove with Yap Divers, located at the Manta Ray Bay Resort. The dive boats are a little cramped - dressed cylinders are laid on the floor of the boat. On one trip, we had several snorkelers on board as well, and we were kept to shallow sites for the snorkelers. Overall the operation is pretty good, just those minor complaints, but I didn't visit any others so I have no comparison on Yap.

On our way out to Goofnuw Channel one day, we saw a pod of orca whales - quite an incredible site! One diver jumped right in and captured an amazing video of an orca swimming within 4 feet of him. Regarding mantas, we didn't see too many, and the visibility wasn't great on any of the dive sites. We saw more orcas, than mantas.

We stayed at O'Keefe's Waterfront Inn, which is more commonly known to the islanders on Yap as the Waterfront Inn (we were greeted with puzzled looks when we said "O'Keefe's"). The hotel is next door to the Manta Ray Bay & Yap Divers, and I felt it was a very good value. Rooms at the MRB are very nice - large and airy - but waterfront rooms are pricey, and non waterfront rooms don't have great views. All of the Waterfront's 5 rooms are right over the water (literally OVER the water - I dropped my dive computer off our balcony and had to go for an impromptu swim!). The rooms are very small but decorated like a Victorian era inn, which I thought was very charming. Our balcony also had a storage closet with a heated circulating fan where we hung our gear each afternoon, and even the heaviest neoprene was dry by morning. We had some meals at MRB on the Mnuw, which seems to be the town's social gathering point at night, and enjoyed the owner's home-brewed beer, and the nightly slide-show of dive pictures and video.

Overall Yap had different diving than I have ever experienced - certainly the orca encounter was new to me - though it pales in comparison to the diving off Palau.
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