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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in
Micronesia/Yap

Manta Ray Bay, Nov, 2011,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 68 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 6316.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorros, PNG, GBR, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Korsae, Chuuk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NO Deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments At Yap Divers, there were large dedicated rinse tanks for cameras. Also, spacious camera stations are available by the gear room with power outlets, air, chamois, and lights.
On the dive boats, there was a small rinse bucket for cameras.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second visit to Manta Ray Bay Hotel (MRBH) and Yap Divers and it was very enjoyable.
Our dive boat accommodated 5 divers very comfortably. The boat has tank boots, a large covered area, dry boxes for clothes/towels. We were doing 3-tank trips so snack/lunch, water, hot tea and towels were provided.

Our crew, Nico and Chomed, did a great job; very helpful and friendly.

The marine life is primarily pelagics--mantas and sharks. Had several awesome manta encounters at a relatively new cleaning station that is in shallow water < 20'. Literally did 75 minute dives with several mantas. Also, had a great shark-feed dive at the Vertigo dive site. The frozen chum ball was suspended in mid-water with a blue water background; great for photos and no sandy bottom stirred up.

There is limited macro-photo ops -- a few nudi's, leaf fish, and porcelain crabs. The south end walls provide lots of swim thru's for leisurely dive touring.

The MRBH provides nice, spacious, clean rooms. The restaurant (the Mnuw) has good food but not a great variety. The in-house brew, Stone Money, is a good libation. The resort staff was helpful and friendly.

My room could use some additional lighting and power outlets. Internet is very expensive at $7/hr. Walk to the phone company (about 5 minutes) and by a 200 MB card for $20. It should last several days and provides a good connection.

I would visit Yap and MRBH for a 3rd time but not in the near future.

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