Yap Manta Ray Bay Resort
Start Date: March 26th, 2022
End Date: April 2nd, 2022
Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers is a small, family-owned, luxury hotel on the pristine island of Yap in the western Pacific Ocean. With over thirty years experience, Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers understands what it means to be a location made divers, for divers. Yap has a resident population of manta rays and several shallow cleaning stations where divers can see mantas year-round.
With almost 100 miles of barrier reef, several big channels and lagoon sites, there is one of everything here to explore – miles of outer reef wall diving, deep and shallow channels to drift as well as inner lagoon macro and night diving. Highlights of Yap Diving are the mantas, daily year-round reef shark diving with three kinds of interactions, nightly mating mandarinfish, as well as rich coral walls and caverns.
Serving only 1,000 divers a year, Manta Ray Resort & Yap Divers offers guests crowd-free dive sites, VIP service, spa treatments, home brewed beer and a unique bar/dining experience on board their 100+ year old Indonesian Schooner moored in front of the resort. In addition to manta ray diving, we love taking our guests to dive among reef sharks, Mandarin fish and brilliant coral reefs with macro fauna and caverns.
The one thing that is guaranteed in Yap is “Vertigo” with its local school of un-shy Grey and Black Tip reef sharks. This is a true year-round rain or shine dive, Yap sharks are always home at Vertigo. Grey, black and white tip reef sharks will most likely be in every dive log entry, with the exception of one of the manta ray cleaning stations – almost all diving includes shark encounters and interactions. On several occasions bigger species are sited along the Southern walls, including Tiger, Silky and Silvertips!
Yap’s big animal diving is complimented with diverse reef life, and especially a smaller side, critter diving. Critter diving can be in a day’s dive plan year-round. We have both inner lagoon macro dive sites as well as outer reef macro diving.
Other typical marine life encounters include turtles, cuttlefish, eagle rays and big fish.
Yap’s barrier reef consists of hundreds of types of hard coral and where the currents hit you’ll find a living mixture of whips, sponges, and blooming soft corals.
Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers
The Manta Ray Bay Resort was built FOR divers, BY divers. Their harborside dive center, Yap Divers, has everything you’d expect from a SSI Platinum Dive Center, and so much more. Yap Divers is a full-service facility with modern boats, rental gear, dive shop, camera bays, gear rinse and storage. Yap Divers dives all sites around Yap on a daily basis with up to 5 dives per day offered to our guests.
Plus, at the end of an unforgettable day of diving, it’s nice to know that there are only a few dozen steps or so from the quay to your room or the bar aboard the S/V Mnuw, Yap Divers' 100-years old South Seas Schooner.
Fresh-water Rinse Tanks & Drying Area
The dive center is equipped with three (3) fresh water rinse tanks for dive gear and two (2) dedicated fresh water camera rinse tanks. Our rinse tanks are even lighted at night so that you won’t misplace any gear! Adjacent to the rinse tanks is a fresh water shower to rinse the salt off of your skin and a drying area to hang your gear to dry.
Personal Gear Storage Bays
Each diving guest has their own, marked gear bay to store all of their dive gear.
Secure Camera Bays
No need to take your cameras back to your room! The dive center is equipped with 6, locking camera bays. Each camera bay has an adjustable, magnifying lamp and locked storage compartment. And for added security, the dive center is locked each night for your added peace of mind.
Tanks and Rental Equipment
Manta Ray Bay's tanks and rentals use nothing but the best and they even have their own hydrostatic testing machine to insure the safety of each and every tank. Their gear rental comes from Mares and is completely replaced each November with entirely new gear.
NITROX is Available
Manta Ray Bay offers Nitrox diving, a great way to go since most of the diving here is ideal for Nitrox. Before heading out on your trip, be sure to earn your SSI Enriched Air Nitrox certification with us at the shop!