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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Smith, GA, US
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Report Number 5184
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
 Red Sea, South Pacific, Caymans, FL Keys, Andros, Belize... 
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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