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Dive Review of Manta Bay Resort and Yap Divers/Manta Bay Resort in

Manta Bay Resort and Yap Divers/Manta Bay Resort : "The land of mantas and stone money", Aug, 2019,

by Bonnie McKenna, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11189 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If you visit Yap, Manta Bay Dive Resort is the place to stay. The staff, front desk to the restaurant, treat everyone like family. The rooms are very spacious and modern. Each room is named for a marine animal, the door has a carving of the animal and the decor of the room complements the theme.
The restaurant is unique, it is an Indonesian phinisi, the S/V Mnuw. The hotel also has its own micro-brewery, the Stone Money Brewing Company.
Yap is synonymous with Manta Rays. The owner of the resort, Bill Aker, has been instrumental in developing Yap as a manta sanctuary. The resort maintains a large board with pictures and descriptions of the mantas that visit Yap.
Diving to see the mantas is the main activity at the resort. Every need for the divers is accommodated. Rental gear is available. The boats are spacious and clean.
The seas are usually accommodating year-round, allowing diving any location around the island, but if the winds are up on one side, the other side will be calm.
I did not snorkel, but it is available nor did I shore dive, so I cannot rate it.
Land tours are also available. Village visits, stone money banks, snorkeling, kayaking through the mangroves, and much more.
I highly recommend Manta Bay Dive Resort. I cannot wait to return.
Websites Manta Bay Resort and Yap Divers   Manta Bay Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Thailand, Caribbean, so. California, Lembeh, Raja Empats, Guam, Thailand, Comoro Island - Moheli,
Closest Airport Yap Getting There Easiest way to reach Yap is to fly to Japan, to Guam and them Yap. United flies to Yap twice a week.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive limitations only.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments An area in the dive shop is set up for photographers. Individual stations with electricity and lights. Dunk tanks are outside on the deck.
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