My wife and I have just returned from a long overdue Honeymoon. After careful research and consideration, we decided to spend a week at the Manta Ray Bay Resort on the Island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (a short flight to the southwest of Guam).
We arrived early in the morning and were greeted at the airport by a Yapese boy who presented each of us with beautiful leis to wear around our necks. A brief stop at customs and we were warmly greeted by the Manager and a few of the staff members from the Resort.
The ride to the Resort was short and included an air conditioned bus with individual cold towels and ice cold water. Upon arrival we were given a brief tour of the facilities and directed to our room; check-in paperwork could wait for later in the morning.
We stayed in the Mandarin Fish Room (300) and entered another world. The large room was beautifully appointed, made even nicer by the presence of fresh flowers, and had the largest shower we’ve ever seen which was made with river stones. After a long trip, the bed was welcome and we were not disappointed. Wonderfully comfortable with lots of pillows.
The next morning we ordered coffee and sat on the balcony taking in the view of the hills behind the hotel, the lagoon that spans in front of the hotel, and the Mnuw, a 170ft Phinisi schooner from Indonesia with 3 dining decks, 2 bars and a kitchen all on board that is moored in front of the Resort.
We spent the day getting acclimated to the island and found everyone we encountered to be friendly and helpful. Lunch and dinner were aboard the Mnuw and we were not disappointed. Fresh fish and a variety of other entries were cooked perfectly and the service was top notch.
The Resort also has its own micro-brewery and the brew was suburb. Most evenings, the Resort owner Bill Acker, joined us and the other guests to discuss the island, the day’s events and offered advice on how to make our short stay in Yap more enjoyable.
It seemed that after the first day every staff member we encountered knew our first names and we never met a staff member that did not great us with a “Hello” or “Have a nice day.”
Time to talk about the diving. We have dove along the east coast, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas but have never experienced anything like what we found in Yap. Yap Divers is situated adjacent to the Manta Ray Bay Hotel thus forming the Resort.
One of the reasons we chose Yap was to see the Manta Rays. We were not disappointed. Mantas, Mantas and more Mantas. What an experience!!! Don’t be fooled, there is a lot more to see than just Mantas and we encountered a whole cornucopia of marine life. Breathtaking. You must take in both a night dive and the Mandarin Fish dive. These colorful fish mate almost every evening and their antics are a thing to behold. The dive crews were very friendly and knowledgeable which just made the diving that much better.
Along with diving, the Resort offers snorkeling, Island & Cultural tours, kayaking, and fishing. We highly suggest a tour of the island to fully appreciate what a unique culture this truly is.
Last but not least was an appointment at the on-site Taro Leaf Spa that included a cucumber mask and facial massage for the wife and a full body massage for the both of us using their own herbal products made locally on the island. Perfect before the long flight home.
We have travelled extensively and would rate the Manta Ray Bay Resort 6 Stars. Oops…they only allow for 5.
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Ray Bay Colonia
- Manta Ray Bay Resort Yap/Colonia