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

Resort Highlights

  • Must-visit location for big fish diving, incredible visibility and rich biodiversity
  • Yap’s protected waters provide year-round sanctuary for mantas, sharks and turtles
  • Miles of uncharted, untouched reef just waiting to be explored
  • Unique resort built by divers, for divers and emphasising dive convenience
  • Enjoy a warm welcome to your one-of-a-kind, uniquely designed room
  • Private plunge pools and rooftop Jacuzzis
  • 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
  • Enjoy fishing, kayaking and a range of cultural and adventure excursions

Resort Description

Yap is a small, tropical island located in the Western Pacific, one of the many island states of Micronesia. A must visit for manta lovers, eco-enthusiasts and adventurers who revel in remoteness and uncharted territory. Manta’s glide magnificently through the recently protected 8,243sqm area around Yap Island. The incredible biodiversity and healthy density of planktonic organisms creates the ideal setting for these gentle giants to flourish, meaning you can almost guarantee a manta sighting here year-round. Yet these unpolluted waters don’t only appeal mantas. A whole array of other marine creatures call this sanctuary home, including sharks, eagle rays, turtles, reef fish and a huge amount of brightly coloured and alien looking macro life. With calm conditions, world-class visibility and unmapped reef still waiting to be explored, it’s not one to miss!


If you’re heading to Yap to discover the delights of the underwater world, then where better to stay than the islands only dedicated dive resort? Built by divers, for divers, this resort places a focus on convenience and first-rate hospitality. Every one of the 35 guestrooms has been uniquely designed and is just steps from the dive center, so you can spend more time relaxing and diving, and less time hanging around! Next to the dive shop, you’ll find the dock, where the fleet of 8 modern boats depart from, and a bar and restaurant, serving up fine cuisine. Serving up internationally inspired delicacies and local fresh fish, this unique grill is set aboard a hundred year old South Seas Schooner and boasts panoramic views of the harbour. Top it all off with a cool beer from the resorts very own micro-brewery, and you’ve got a recipe for pure culinary bliss. Choose from 5*, air conditioned standard rooms or ocean view rooms with roof top Jacuzzis and private plunge pools. When you aren’t diving, enjoying a sumptuous meal, perusing the resort’s boutique or taking a dip in the pool, why not pay a visit to the on-site Taro Leaf spa? The peaceful 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. 
 

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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

  • Crystal clear (30m+), warm (~28°) waters offering calm conditions year-round
  • WWII wrecks, drift dives and abundant biodiversity
  • Great distances of unexplored reef system
  • 8,243sqm of newly protected marine zone
  • Dive resort designed with convenience and first-class service in mind
  • 8 purpose built dive vessels, moored on the private dock outside the dive shop
  • Exclusive dive sites, quality gear, experienced guides and small groups
  • No park fees, dive taxes or permits necessary
  • Dive sites between 5-40m, offering conditions to suit every experience level

Description

Dive into the protected waters around Yap in Micronesia, and you’ll be blown away with the biodiversity and big fish life in abundance. Sharks, mantas, eagle rays and turtles take year-round refuge in these warm, crystal clear waters. As these unpolluted waters now have protected status, you can all but guarantee a manta sighting during your trip to this unique corner of the Pacific. Visibility regularly exceeds 30m, and water temperatures hover around 28° throughout the year. Great distances of reef have yet to be mapped, affording you the rare opportunity to truly explore uncharted territory. 

Yap Divers is based within the Manta Ray Bay Resort and embodies a wonderland of luxury accommodation and incredibly convenient diving. ‘Built by divers, for divers’, the resort boasts 8 purpose-built, fully-equipped dive vessels, moored on the dock just outside the dive shop. With less than 1000 divers visiting Yap over a period of a year, you can bet on uncrowded environments and 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 within convenient access. Boasting a variety of quality dive gear available for rent and friendly, professional and experienced staff, you will be set for some of the best dives of your life! Despite the protected status of the area, there are no park fees, dive taxes or permits necessary. With reefs between 5-40m, diving here is suitable for novice and experienced divers alike. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • 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

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

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

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

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Movies
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)

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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