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Dive Review of Traders Ridge Resort in
Micronesia/Yap

Traders Ridge Resort, Mar, 2006,

by Tim, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 2391.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Phillipines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions After check out dives there were no restrictions. Divers could dive computers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No dunk tanks for cameras on boats. There are protected compartments for your cameras. The best photo encounters are with the larger fish and Mantas. Little macro opportunity.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a great trip once the numbness from the long flight wore off. Traders Ridge met us at the Yap airport and took care of us the entire stay. The Resort is very comfortable with AC and plenty of hot water. King size beds, mini bar, drinking water, pool, laundry service and restaraunt all top notch. The Resort was recently remodelled but retains the architecture of the early 1900's. The food was very good and prepared fresh. The service was 5 star.
Traders Ridge had just recently taken over the dive operation and retained most of the old employees. The Dive shop, equipment room, air fill station and marina are in one spot. Easy walk from your room. They offer Nitrox for those certified. Equipment room was secured and had a nice breeze through at night so the gear was dry each morning.
The check out dive was to Manta Ridge and that is one of the prime divesites on the island. Mike and Xavier were our divemasters the 6 days we stayed and they are great. After the first few dives we could pick our spots and dive to the limits of our computers. Our group of three divers had several dives over 90 minutes waiting for the Mnatas. We saw the Mantas on most of the dives scheduled to that location. Grey Sharks, Whitetip Sharks, Napolean Wrasse, Horse Eye Jacks, large schools of Barracuda could be seen on most any dive. Lionfish, nudibranchs, turtles, moray eels and starfish are common. We enjoyed the night dive for Mandarinfish. We thought we would be lucky to spot one but were surprised by the large number of them hidden in the Staghorn coral. Mike and Xavier have a secret method for ensuring you will see the Mandarinfish.
The weather has 84 degrees most days and cloudy which helped keep the sunburns down. Occasional rains helped cool things off and did not affect diving.
The island tour arranged by Traders Ridge was a nice way to see the island as we waited our last day for a 10pm flight out. I would recommend Traders Ridge because of the service and comfort we enjoyed.
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