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

Beyond the Reef/Traders' Ridge Resort, Sep, 2003,

by Julian Lamborn, TX, USA . Report 728.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef (Cod Hole), Micronesia (Truk & Palau), Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Takje your own equipment and develop the films when back home:...Yap has no good photoprocessing facilities

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 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The accommodation and food at Traders' Ridge is first class and the staff there do everything to ensure the visitor has no problems. The Beyond the Reef dive operation is very good and uses small fast boats (with canopies) suitable for up to four divers. The dive-staff are very helpful and handle all the gear including set-ups and washing. The dive operation is run by Dave (an ex-pat) and he has very competent divemasters...particularly Gordon (a very helpful Yapese). The hard coral on Yap is, for the most part, in excellent condition but there is little or no soft coral. Saw mantas (not a lot) and many sharks (nurse, white tip, black tip and reef). Lots of reef fish life. September is not the best time to visit Yap, February is considered the best time to see mantas. The weather was a bit rainy one day (out of six diving days), but the vis was up to 100' on occasion. Couldn't dive Mi'l channel because of tides/vis, but did dive Yap Caverns at the southern tip of the island:....awe inspiring. All in all a great trip and worth 15 hours in a plane!
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