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Dive Review of Traders' Ridge Dive Shop/Traders' Ridge Resort in

Traders' Ridge Dive Shop/Traders' Ridge Resort, Jan, 2009,

by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4591.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After diving in late November in Palau, I decided to go diving for a week to Yap. It was actually surprisingly a very good decision. Early December is a good time to be there, Yap is empty, quiet, no tourists, and most of all I was very glad to stay in a wonderful Traders' Ridge Resort, where everything was great, including Doug, the manager, tour guides, and wonderful staff in the dive shop at Traders' Ridge. It was a low season before Christmas, so I was almost the only person in the resort, and the only diver on their great boats with wonderful staff treating me like a king. Yap is famous for its manta channel, and on my first day I was treated by 9 mantas dancing around me the whole dive. On the second day there was only one hovering above us, however, few other dives there was no manta at all. The channel could be very capricious, and mantas are not always there, but what really was a great treat was diving the south side of Yap. One of the best dive sites was Magic Kingdom, where on one dive we had 3 big schools of humphead parrot fish, huge eagle ray, a manta, and school of 7 big napoleons. White tip sharks, or black tips where present on every dive, and coral looks healthy and well. Perhaps it wasn't the most colorful one, but it was in quite good shape. Yap also has very nice shark reef on the left side of manta channel, with many black tips and grey sharks. Cultural trips to Rumung Island were wonderful, people were great, and Yapese dances very interesting. If you get a bit bored you can visit bar crowd in Manta Ray Hotel, or better yet, go for some local sightseeing. Mandarin fish dive is quite interesting, and everyone should do that once since it is so close to dive operator. I rented a car which allowed me to visit every possible part of the island and every stone money bank garden. Great trip overall, and Yap was not only about mantas, but also about beautiful southern dive sites. If you intend to visit Yap, make sure you'll stay at Traders' Ridge Resort.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Caymans, Virgin Islands, Fiji, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rodrigues, PNG, Palau, Yap, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Toau, many others...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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