If you are a scuba diver and you want one of the best diving experiences of your life, I highly recommend Manta Ray Bay Resort on the island of Yap in Micronesia. I flew there from California (enduring twenty-plus hours of air travel each way) and would do it again in a heartbeat. The owner, Bill Acker, his wife Patricia, and their incredible staff made every day a pleasure. They have managed to assemble a staff that cares for the guests/ divers in a fun, relaxed environment, putting the extra effort in whenever needed. The daily dive operation is run by Jan (yan) Sledsens who makes certain that every diver is safe and enjoys their vacation. The facility at Yap Divers was one of the best I have ever seen. The set-up for dive cameras is second to none. Multiple work stations, with locking cabinets for storage, US & European voltage for equipment, and (my favorite) was a magnifying lamp for those intricate camera needs (I had to disassemble/reassemble part of my Canon housing to stop a trickle leak and the work station was a dream come true).
The food was great (overseen by the incomparable Detlef). Big portions, fresh, quality food (even on the diving trips we were able to custom order our meals daily and there was so much food that I felt bad about wasting any) Everyone at the resort was raving about the food!
Did I mention BEER? The resort has its own brewery! The Stone Money Brewing Company brews 2 styles: Hammerhead Amber and Manta Gold. Both excellent beers and both beer and food are all served on board a moored Indonesian ship (The S V Mnuw) converted into a restaurant/ bar near the main boat dock. The upper deck is a bar open to the air, below that is the main bar/ dining room, and below that level is the main salon/ dining room. Breakfasts were included with the room rate, and never disappointed. I NEVER had a bad meal or beer during my 8 days there!
Diving: WOW! 3 dives a day, twilight dives with Mandarin Fish, groups of Manta Rays gliding over our heads, reef & black tip sharks everywhere at Vertigo Reef, incredible marine life at Slow n Easy Reef, and amazing swim-throughs at Yap Caverns Reef. We had diversity and also were able to talk with the Dive Masters and decide where the boat would go on many days (weather and visibility permitting). I guess you can tell I loved this destination. Dive it, Love it!
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Ray Bay Colonia
- Manta Ray Bay Resort Yap/Colonia