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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in
Micronesia/Yap

Manta Ray Bay: "Yap. More than Mantas", Nov, 2015,

by Dan Benson, WA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 9322.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went to Yap because my wife is in love with Mantas. And we weren't disappointed! You can see as many Mantas as you want. There is a cleaning station that they hang out at. You position yourself around the cleaning station, stay down and wait. They come.
Special shout-out to Bill Acker. Bill came to Yap decades ago in the Peace Core. He stayed, married a Yapese lady, and has done immense good to help the people of Yap.
The resort is very well run, as is the diving. Staff are great. Food is very good.
But your thinking is too narrow if you consider Yap only a Manta Ray destination. There are also lots of other things to see, including nudis, bumphead parrot fish, and lots of sharks. There are cuts and channels.
The boat ride to some of the dive sites can be arduous: slogging through heavy seas and wind. But the effort is worth it.
The traditional dress consists of elaborate flower weaving leis and palm frond skirts. Sadly, westerners are slowly replacing the traditional dress with Levi's and t-shirts.
Websites Manta Ray Bay   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (5 times), Philippines, Red Sea, Hawaii, West Coast U.S., Bahamas, Cuba, Caymans, Bonaire, Curacao, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Maldives,
Closest Airport Getting There All flights are in the middle of the night!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Each diver has their own cubicle. Plenty of space. Dedicated rinse tanks for camera gear.
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