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Dive Review of Beyond the Reef/Traders Ridge in
Micronesia/Yap

Beyond the Reef/Traders Ridge, Jul, 2002,

by H. C. Wood, Florida, USA . Report 1.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 15 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats will only handle 4 divers. Generally only 2 plus Dive guide plus float handler plus boat driver. The guide was great at finding the site to get the type of photos wanted and great at finding small things. The boat didn't have a rinse tank but one was provided at the dock and the crew was very careful with gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at Traders Ridge, dove with Beyond the Reef. Both were well run by friendly people who tried hard to get you the dives you desired. WE had two typhoons hit Gwam while we were in Yap which made parts of the reef unavailable. We were told that these areas contained some of the better diving. We did 12 dives on Yap and in hindsight wished for more. We did the Manta channel 3 times (lots one time, 1 once and none once), the macro 3 times (the last two at our request) for 1.5+ hours each time (Mandrin fish, Pipe fish, lion fish and much more) and 6 drift dives outside the reef. When i go to this area again I will plan at least a week here. The island itself had some things of interest,i.e., native dances, etc. We were very happy with both the dive operation and the resort.
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