This was my 3rd visit to Manta Ray Bay Hotel (MRBH). After catching the
usual late night flight from Guam, we were greeted by a cheery staff person
at the Yap airport. Our rooms were ready for us at this late hour with the
paperwork waiting until the next morning. My AC drainage line was plugged
up so there was a large puddle on the floor. The resort resolved this
problem in short order.
With our very late arrival, we took the next day off from diving and
enjoyed the start of the Yap rainy season. Our rooms were spacious with an
private immersion pool outside the patio doors. The rooms are a bit dark
and could use some additional electrical outlets. The water in the rooms is
We had most of meals in the Mnuw Restaurant, an old sailing vessel from
Indonesia; a very unique dining setting. The food from the restaurant is
pretty average with breakfast being the most savory meal. We ate most
lunches on the dive boat because we opted for the 3 dive package. The
lunches were very forgettable. Dinners were at the Mnuw ordering from a
menu that was mostly pub grub. 3 or 4 specials were offered each night but
they did not seem to vary much from day to day. I usually had the fish
sandwich of rare yellowtail tuna, which was quite good. The restaurant
features Stone Money Brewery Beer that is brewed at the resort. The beer is
tasty but sometimes a bit flat.
The diving is done from skiffs that offer cover, tank holders, lots of dry
storage, towels, water, snacks and camera rinse. Our dive guides were
friendly, helpful and well acquainted with the local reefs. Unfortunately,
our manta encounters were minimal but it wasn't due to lack of trying. We
spent several hours out at the Stamm cleaning station waiting in vain for
the pelagics to appear, but they we no-shows. Apparently, they were
gathering at the cleaning stations on the windward, northeast reef. Due to
the currents and sea conditions, we were only able to dive here on one day;
we did have a great, 25 minute manta encounter. The Vertigo dive site is a
great place for encounters with gray reef and blacktip sharks. We did 3
dives at the Slow and Easy dive site, which is at least 1 dive too many.
The dive crew was flexible and accommodating moving our dive departure time
a bit earlier since we were ready to go at 8:00 am. We had one diver that
had trouble keeping this schedule so the dive shop accommodated all of us
by assigning her to another boat. The dive shop has large rinse tanks for
gear and cameras and a dive gear storage area.
MRBH has a very friendly, easy-going atmosphere that will probably get me
back there for a 4th time. But next time I will not go in the rainy season
Manta Ray Bay Hotel (MRBH) offers diving thru Yap Divers. This dive
operator provides fresh water rinse on the dive skiffs for cameras and has
large, dedicated camera rinse tanks at the dive shop. The camera room is
adequate with work stations, lights, and air. Yap has healthy reefs of
mostly hard corals; the nudibranch photo ops did not seem has plentiful as
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