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4 Star
Rooms
35
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
NO

Resort Highlights

  • Manta Ray Bay is a dedicated dive resort on the Micronesian island of Yap
  • Must-visit location for big fish diving, incredible visibility and rich biodiversity
  • Restaurant and bar on board a 100-year-old Schooner with panoramic sea views
  • On-site micro-brewery and Taro Leaf Spa using locally-sourced plants
  • Yap’s protected waters provide year-round sanctuary for mantas, sharks and turtles
  • Divers can access miles of uncharted, untouched reef
  • Enjoy fishing, kayaking and a range of cultural and adventure excursions

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 90 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 21 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Manta Ray Bay is located on the island of Yap in Micronesia and is the island's only dedicated dive resort.

Built by divers, for divers, this resort places a focus on convenience and first-rate hospitality. All of the 35 uniquely-designed guestrooms are located steps from the dive center, which offers eight modern boats to take you out to the best dive sites in and around Yap. The ocean view rooms feature roof top jacuzzis and private plunge pools.

There's a bar and restaurant set aboad a hundred-year-old South Seas Schooner, boasting panoramic views of the harbour and serving up local fresh fish and international delicacies. Top it all off with a cool beer from the resort's very own micro-brewery.

The on-site Taro Leaf spa offers décor is based around island themes, and many signature treatments use locally-sourced plants. Fishing, kayaking and a range of island tours and cultural experiences are also offered. 

Yap itself is a small, tropical island, a must-visit for manta lovers, eco-enthusiasts and adventurers who revel in remoteness and uncharted territory. The incredible biodiversity and healthy density of planktonic organisms in the recently-protected 8,243sqm around Yap Island creates the ideal setting for mantas to flourish, meaning you can almost guarantee a manta sighting here year-round.

Explore diving around the Manta Ray Bay

What to see

Manta rays with wingspans of up to 14ft (4.3m) are the highlight of diving at Yap. Some manta rays have been seen in Yap’s waters for many years and experienced dive guides are even able to recognize them by the markings on their underbellies. During mating season, watch males chase the tails of females in an elegant mating dance or gently hovering above cleaning stations in small groups. At Valley of the Rays, mantas can be seen doing barrel rolls as they feed on plankton.

At Vertigo, find yourself surrounded by numerous blacktip, grey reef and whitetip sharks along with black trevally and red snapper. For macro lovers, Yap has a healthy population of mandarin fish which are wonderful to observe during dusk dives.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Yap Divers is located in the Manta Bay Resort
  • Eight purpose-built vessels, moored on the private dock outside the dive shop
  • Crystal clear (30m+), warm (~28 degree) waters offering calm conditions year-round
  • Dive sites between 5-40m, offering conditions to suit every experience level
  • Easy access to WWII wrecks, drift dives and abundant biodiversity
  • Great distances of unexplored reef system
  • Access to 8,243sqm of newly protected marine zone

Description

Yap Divers is based within the Manta Ray Bay Resort and offers eight, purpose-buiilt vessels, moored just outside the resort accommodation.

Fewer than 1000 divers visit Yap over a year's period, ensuring relaxed dives on unspoilt ecosystems. All diving is conducted in small groups, allowing you maximum bottom time and control over where you dive and what you focus on.

If wrecks are of interest, Yap offers a selection of historically-interesting WWII wrecks, all easily-accessible from the dive center. And with reefs between 5-40m, diving here is suitable for novice and experienced divers alike. 

The protected, unpolluted waters around Yap in Micronesia offer impressive biodiversity and big fish life in abundance. Sharks, mantas, eagle rays and turtles take year-round refuge in these warm, crystal clear waters. Visibility regularly exceeds 30m and water temperatures hover around 28 degrees throughout the year. Great distances of reef have yet to be mapped, giving you the rare opportunity to explore uncharted territory. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

How to get there

Arrival

  • Having landed at Yap International Airport, a resort representative will be in arrivals to greet you and welcome you to the island.
  • An air-conditioned transfer will be arranged to deliver you to the resort. 
  • The journey will last around 10 minutes. 
  • Check in after 2:00pm.

Departure

  • Check out by 12:00pm.
  • A return transfer to the airport can be easily arranged with the resort. 

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