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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in

Manta Ray Bay: "A return trip is on my agenda", Jun, 2018,

by Annette Lohman, HA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10417 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Went to YAP and Manta Ray Bay hotel as part of a group of divers. Getting in from Maui wasn't too bad. I got an amazing deal with FF miles from Maui (where I live) through Honolulu to Guam to Yap. The connections for the rest of my group from the Mainland, (as usual to anywhere in the Pacific), were not as easy. United owns the routes. You can get into Guam through other airlines but there is only one game in town from Guam to Yap and that is the United flight twice a week right after midnight.

The Manta Ray Bay hotel is a lovely place to stay. I had the Blue Tang room to myself overlooking the water. Furniture was solid wood with carvings and the room itself was roomy. The bed was a king four poster with firm mattress, the room AC worked great, the water was hot, housekeeping was great, and food at the restaurant was very good if not gourmet. Given the remoteness of Yap, it was a pleasant surprise. Did I say that staff was wonderful??? By the end of the first day they knew all our names.

Our group had a boat to ourselves and personal attention all week. We went, in part, for the Manta Rays. Unfortunately (and we understand, quite rarely), they seemed to have left town while we were there. The first day we saw three but after that we were skunked. Where we dove depended on the tides so we went all over the island. If you haven't been spoiled by Indonesia, the fish life was good. We saw dolphins, sharks and bump head parrot fish. Going through the mangroves on our way to our dive sites was a treat given their ecological importance. My last day I opted for a half day kayak tour through the mangroves.

Overall I had a wonderful time even with the absence of the mantas and I would be happy to go back again.
Websites Manta Ray Bay   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Southern California, Indonesia, Bonaire, Roatan, Mexico, Philippines, Bonaire, St. Croix, Solomons, Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Truk, Palau.
Closest Airport YAP Getting There Honolulu TO Guam to Yap. Easier from Hawaii than mainland. United is only carrier and only flies into YAP twice a week.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 75 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera room was well equipped and right next to the gear storage room and boat dock msking it very convenient. There was a nice work area for each user with enough outlets and everything was US currents and plugs.
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