Manta Ray Bay Resort
Yap Divers is PADI’s first 5 Star Dive Facility and together with the Manta Ray Bay Resort forms Yap’s only PADI Gold Palm Resort. This unique property is also a SSI Diamond Resort. With Yap Divers, you can be assured of clean, pure air, safe diving, and a full range of instruction available from Open Water through Divemaster. Dive center also offers a number of specialty dive certifications for those who want to expand their formal dive training, and it is home to the only place in the world where you can do the PADI certified Manta Ray Awareness Course. This makes for a perfect combination ... read more ion to enhance the Yap Island vacation
Dutch, English, German
From recommended hotels: No
From airport: Free
Boat Diving, Shore Diving
Yap is best-known for it's resident manta ray presence, clear blue water diving and a strong reef shark population.
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...Continue reading mating manderinfish as well as rich coral walls and caverns
|Instructors & Dive masters||
Owner is Bill Acker. PADI Open Water Instructor #34545, TDI Enriched Air Instructor #1919, SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Member. Bill founded Yap Divers in July 1986 and has pioneered the dive industry in Yap ever since. Most of the dive sites of Yap were personally discovered and named by Bill and he is always looking for new and better diving for his guests. With over 12,000 logged dives, most of them here in Yap, you can be sure that you are diving with an experienced professional...Continue reading when you dive with Bill. He regularly dives with the guests and continues to enjoy discovering new sites and new critters. Bill is proud of what he has built at Yap Divers. It is the best equipped, most experienced dive shop around and has an impeccable safety record.
John Pekailug. Born on Lamotrek Atoll in the State of Yap on the 31st of January, 1962. Graduated from Outer Island High School. Learned to dive with Yap Divers in August of 1993 as a dive shop summer hire. Has worked with Yap Divers since then and has logged more than 7,500 dives in and around Yap. Few, if any, people know Yap better than John. Not only an excellent diver but also very personable and a leader among the staff. Regularly mentioned as one of our top dive guides.
Alex Raimon. Born on Satawal in Yap State on the 17th of July, 1963. Graduated from Pohnpei Agricultural & Trade School (PATS) and learned to dive at Yap Divers in February of 1991 and has worked with Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers ever since. The most experienced dive guide, Alex also speaks fluent Japanese as well as fluent English. He has upwards of 8,000 dives and has explored several of Yap's most famous dive sites. Alex's popularity is legendary as evidenced by the numerous cards and letters received from past guests.
Nicholas "Nico" Erhieisap. Born on Satawal Island on the 1st of May, 1965. Graduated from Outer Island High School on Ulithi Atoll in May 1984. Attended Palau Community College and studied business. Nico learned to dive with Yap Divers in 1996 and currently has over 7,000 dives around the island of Yap. Nico makes up 1/2 of the "A Team", along with Bill Acker, for his uncanny ability to find the manta rays on every dive.
Gordon Keiji. Born in Yap on the 25th of November 1970 and graduated from Yap High School in 1988. Began working in the hospitality industry immediately after school. His first job was as a jack of all trades for the Alphonso Family, owners of the ESA Hotel. In June of 1997 Gordon moved to Beyond the Reef dive shop and was a dive guide for them until he had to leave work in early 2006 to take care of his parents. Tragically, Gordon’s mom passed away but his father has made vast improvements allowing Gordon to resume doing what he does best – scuba diving. Gordon came to Yap Divers on Halloween of 2006 and has quickly become one of our most dependable guides. He has over 3,000 dives in and around the reefs of Yap.
Tony. Born on Yap October 17th, 1971. Tony started diving with us in 2012 and has over 2000 dives. He was previously working at Wa'ab Construction.
Kintu. Born on Satawal Island February 1st 1975 and graduated Yap Outer Island High School in 1993. Kintu has been guiding with us since 2006 with over 4000 dives. Previously he was a guide in Palau with Sea World Dive Center.
Mike. Born in Yap September, 1971 and graduated Yap High School in 1985. Mike started diving with us in 2009 and has over 3000 dives.
Charles. Born in Woleai Atoll on January 9th, 1975 and graduated at Woleai Elementary School in 1989. Charles has been diving Yap since 2009 and has over 4000 dives.
|Number of Dive Guides||11|
|Non-diving activities||Even though Yap is world renowned for it's world-class diving. There is so much more to experience. Dive center also offers world class fishing with Yap Anglers, and an opportunity to explore the wildlife and nature by kayaking with Planet Blue Kayak Tours. Dive center offers a full range of island tours specifically designed to showcase Yap’s unique indigenous culture and World War II history|
|Infrastructure||Bar, Classrooms, Coffee bar, Deco Chamber, Equipment shop, Lounge, Parking, Personal lockers, Pool, Shower, Storage room, WC, Wi-Fi|
|Equipment Description||The Manta Ray Bay Resort was built FOR divers, BY divers. Our harborside dive center, Yap Divers, has everything you'd expect from a PADI 5-star facility, 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 ...Continue readingthere are only a few dozen steps or so from the quay to your room or the bar aboard the S/V Mnuw, our 100 year 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. But, rest assured that there is almost no crime in Yap to begin with.
TANKS AND RENTAL EQUIPMENT
Our tanks and rental equipment are up to the same high standards. We don't like rusty, banged-up tanks and gear that's falling apart, so we use nothing but the best. We even have our own hydrostatic testing machine to insure the safety of each and every tank.
Our gear rental comes from ScubaPro and is completely replaced each November with entirely new gear.
NITROX IS AVAILABLE
We offer Nitrox diving, a great way to go since most of the diving here is ideal for Nitrox. If you would like to try but lack Nitrox certification we offer both TDI and PADI courses.
|Distance to nearest Deco Chamber||0.1 km|
Fleet of 8 fast, modern, twin engine dive boats ranging in size from 21 to 38 feet allows to accommodate any individual needs, from private charters to fun packed group trips.
All boats carry radio, oxygen and emergency medical kits for safety and boat drivers know every nook and cranny of the reefs by heart.
Smooth riding even in choppy seas, with sun protection and amply stocked with supplies like cold, fresh drinking water, hot tea and snacks. If you feel like ind...Continue readingulging yourself, the chefs will set you up and make sure a delicious lunch is waiting for you on the boat between your dives
|Number of boats||8|
|Check-in time||On regular days 8 AM and on the first diving days (arrivals always late at night/early morning) at 10 AM|
|Seasonality||January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December|
|REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS||Certification Card|
|Accepted Payment Methods||
American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
|Recommended hotels||Manta Ray Bay Resort|