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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay in

Manta Ray Bay, Mar, 2013,

by Robert and Laura Mosqueda, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 6945.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments It is a great resort with beautiful rooms and a nice swimming pool. Staff are very friendly and willing to help at all times. Look at their website to see which room fits your budget and taste. The food served at a boat (the Mnew) parked at the resort was pretty good. Service is slow, so just take your time. There's a lunch place that's a 3 minute walk from the resort called Ganhir... good food and quick service, so that's where we had lunch each dive day.
The diving is very relaxing. Most of the boat rides are <30 minutes and we only had one day of significant chop. The trips to a manta cleaning station were fantastic. The mantas are spectacular and put on an amazing show. Several of the other dive sites had very nice topography. The coral is pleasant, although not overly abundant or colorful. Nice fish life, although the density in Palau is much greater. There was a fun shark-feeding dive, and we saw white tips and black tips on almost every dive. The dive operation is good. Boats are very nice: fast, covered, water and snacks on board, friendly and helpful guides. The facilities on shore just don't seem big enough to handle a full house. Despite several requests to make room to hang dive gear (instead of t shirts or other easy-to-dry-in-your-room stuff), the manager just wouldn't do it. Not a big deal, but a bit frustrating. They provide no assistance at the end of the trip with cleaning or drying your gear... again, not a big deal, but some places do help with that.
Websites Manta Ray Bay   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, Sulawesi, Komodo, Little Cayman, Socorro Islands, Southern California, Cocos, Cancun, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We had lots of flexibility with profile, perhaps because we were with our own group and group leader (the legendary Ken Kurtis).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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