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Dive Review of Traders' Ridge in
Micronesia/Yap

Traders' Ridge, Apr, 2006,

by Dennis Lewis, ca, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 2551.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Hawaii, Palau, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay near a guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments fresh water on the dock, that's it.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Werner Lau closed up shop the week before we got to Yap. Traders' Ridge hired a DM to run the shop and a local boat captain and diving guides. Very nice people and they certainly tried to make the dives interesting. That said, four days of the Manta Cleaning Station was three days too much for my wife and I. The four other divers started each day with the chant, "Manta, manta, manta!" We saw five rays the first day. None after that. Viz was around 20 feet in the channel. Four days of hanging out on the sand, 20' viz and nothing to look at. Great fun! Only on the last day did we manage a different local - 1:2. Here we saw hundreds of tropical fish including two lion fish, sole, pair of filefish and a lot of healthy hard corals. A wonderful dive, but it really made the point that we spent too much time sitting in the sand, waiting for manta rays. There is so much more to see here. Also, if you are going all the way to Yap, spend the extra and stay and Traders' Ridge. Great staff, great rooms and wonderful food.
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