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Manta Ray Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Colonia
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica, California
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56 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“They Aim to Please!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

This property is centrally located, with a great restaurant and dive boats/shop on site. They prepare food fresh and original, with local ingredients. The dive shop and all staff members really aim to please and are very helpful and flexible in catering to my needs. I love the great people here in Yap and at this resort.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I spent almost 10 days here on the supersize diving package and I can't fault the resort in anything. Even when I was planning my trip the resorts owner, Bill Acker, was a great help in planning and booking part of my trip and it was a great pleasure to meet him once I was there and enjoy a beer of their own brewery.
My room (sea view) was large, clean and had everything I needed. The service of the staff was exemplary and I did not feel as a guest, but part of the extended Manta Ray Bay family.
The dive operations by Yap divers was very professional and well run an despite the lack of Mantas when I was there, the diving was superb and very relaxing.
However quaint the 'restaurant ship' was, it was the place everybody got together at the end of the day and shared the adventures of the day, adding to the extended family feel of the place. The food was basic, but very good and perfect after a days diving. And with the supersize diving package I was on came a daily choice of lunch. These portions were huge and very tasty as well!
All in all I can't fault it and would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Roswell, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had a most enjoyable stay in late June. Staff picked us up from the airport and took us directly to our room. Due to the late hour all the paperwork held till morning. Ate virtually all of our meals at/on the Mnuw ship and didn't miss a happy hour beer from Stone Money Brewing. Dive operation was first class thanks to Nico and Tony. If you are looking for a dive holiday in Yap my suggestion is to stay at the MBR.

Room Tip: We had an Ocean View Deluxe with an outdoor emersion pool which was very nice and spacious.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Bill Acker and his staff of professionals mantra is to do whatever it takes to make sure their guests have a great experience. Bill, saying that he was"humbled" at people spending so much time and treasure to get to "the end of a very long supply chain" personifies his staff's approach to meeting and exceeding our expectations.
A great getaway to forget about the rest of the world!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spokane Valley, Washington
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We have stayed at Manta Ray before in the late 90s and 2003 it has really been ungraded and clearly the staff has been inculcated with a service ethic. The rooms are lovely, the spa and especially the masseuse are wonderful. The food on the "ship" is fresh and well prepared. The local stone money brew under the direction of a Swiss brewmaster is very good. We did not dive this time (medical issues) but when we dived with them in the past we had great dives in beautiful places. Don't miss Yap and if you go stay at Manta Ray.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

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
potable.

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
(June-September).

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
previous visits.

Room Tip: Rooms 106 and 107 are premium rooms on the 1st floor with an immersion pool. The building does not h...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Naples, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This was my second time on Yap. Unfortunately, the weather kept the mantas away, but we still had a pleasant trip. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, helped us to arrange a land tour. The dive shop was tidy and had good places to hang all gear, and the dive staff were fantastic. Very accomodating with specific requests and did their best to deliver the diving we hoped for. The breakfast was tasty and we ate virtually all our meals (and plenty beverages) on the Balinese-ship-turned-restaurant out front.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Manta Ray Bay Resort
Address: Colonia, Yap 96943-0850, Federated States of Micronesia
Location: Federated States of Micronesia > Yap > Colonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Colonia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Manta Ray Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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