August 2nd, 2013

PREMIUM DC 2013, "Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers" - South Pacific

Premium DC 2013 continue with Diving Center "Manta Ray Bay".
Keep in touch in the next days we will insert other questions in order to know this amazing DC.

Question10: What is the strongest argument for your DC to convince me as customer to dive at your DC?

Yap Divers offers a personal paced exotic vacation dive experience. Often times your boat group of 6-8 divers is the only group at any given dive site. Dive clear blue water with big and small sea life encounters with no time or depth limits. The operation is built for diver convenience as a dive shop and boat dock with a hotel on top and restaurant attached, boat rides are no longer than 35 minutes to the farthest site.

Question9: What else can be done/seen at your place. Are there other sport/culture activities to see/attend and could I come with family and/or kids?

We host family dive events and Yap has an intact exotic ancient culture and tradition is part of everyday life. Visitors have the opportunity to experience Yapese culture, visit villages and spectate cultural demonstrations or dances during their stay,

Manta Ray Bay Resort hosts an annual Kid's Sea Camp with family divers and offers special packages and accommodations for diving families. Kid's activities on land and in the water are offered along with training and certification,

Question8: What is the best time to come to go diving at your place?

Yap offers a year-round calendar of diving, activities, festivals and family adventure packages that include Yap Day cultural celebration, Canoe festival traditional navigation festival, shark school, kid's sea camp as well as Manta Ray mating season. The Mantas mate in the spring offering encounters with multiple animals demonstrating courting behavior over the reef and in the channels. The calmest seas are mid June through the end of July but there is always a lee side of the island.

Question7: What kind of breathing gas is used on your DC and what is available as safety/back-up infrastructure at your DC or nearby?

Air and Nitrox (32%)
We have two 26 cubic feet Ingersoll-Rand compressors as well as our NITROX membrane system.

Question6: How does your staff looks like? Are there instructors that speak different languages? Can they deal also with kids or disabled persons? Can I do some training specialties during my dives?

12 dive staff with thousands of dives in Yap under their belts – speak English, German, French, Dutch, Japanese.
Classes ranging from OWC to Dive Con SSI or DM PADI in English, German, French , Dutch. (need to say this better as all the initials get lost in translation).
Specialty courses include Deep, Navigation, Night, Drift, Naturalist, PPB, Manta Ray Awareness, Boat, amongst others .
2 sets of XXS BCD for Kids.
Platform entry easy on Popou for disabled divers and our dive guides are experienced in handling disabled divers.

Question5:How does your DC look like and how many equipment sets do you have? Do I need to bring my own equipment or can I rent equipment at the DC?

20 sets of Mares Rover BCd and Reg, Rover fins, masks and snorkels;
20 sets of 3mm Mares Shorty ;
5 Mares Puck computer ;
Mares Eos 3 flashlights.

Question4: What kind of boats, cars or other kind of transportation do you use to get divers to the dive sites?

Twin engine dive boats. 8 dives boats with sun roof, radio , O2 , cellphones. Water, tea and snack service . Capacity of 8 divers comfortable per boat, or 16 on Popou, dedicated for groups and full day trips.

[B]Question3: Which dive sites you go to and how are the dives there?

Around 50 different dive sites. Variety of walls, drift, canyons, night, mandarin, shark and manta dives. Excellent viz on most of the sites. Suitable for any level diver beginner to advanced -

Jump in on boiling bait balls with birds, tuna and sharks, or see manta rays feeding in the lagoon, in Yap you can get in on adventurous diving:

Manta Ray Bay Resort is family owned and operated and the Acker family still takes guests on dives as personal guides:

There’s a variety of dive sites and things to do, there’s a plane crash in shallow water in the Philippine Sea lagoon:

Current dives rich with life are going on year-round, fish schools, sharks, eagle rays, cuttlefish, giant grouper and more:

Question2: How I can get to your DC and are there special things to organize like Visa or permissions to dive at your place?

We offer travel planning assistance and will email you personal itineraries and routes: email or check:
United Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, flies to Yap via Guam twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday nights. The Saturday flight continues to Palau and turns around and comes back to Yap early Sunday morning before going to Guam. EU passport holders do not need a visa to transit Guam. Other nationalities should check. The gateways to Guam are generally Manila, Honolulu and Tokyo but you can get to Guam direct from Hong Kong, Seoul and Cairns, Australia. We have special contract rates with United to sell tickets to Yap via Manila, Tokyo and Palau. Please e-mail Bill Acker at as he can help you with routes, dates and any other question about getting to Yap.

Question1: Where is your Dive Center located and what is so special about it?

We’re located in the South Pacific, just north of the equator. Yap offers uncrowded diving with year-round manta ray encounters, mating manderinfish, sharks, clear blue water and rich coral reefs.

Yap is the only destination in the world with a daily Manta Ray presence and, not surprisingly, it's the world's only government-backed Manta Ray sanctuary. Yap is forever committed to the protection and preservation of the resident population of well over a hundred Mantas as well as their habitat. This affords divers one location where a manta ray encounter within arm's reach is as close to guaranteed as nature will allow, every season, any day of the year.

Yap's protected waters foster a healthy population of reef sharks and pelagic species, offering year-round shark diving with several types of encounters, including Micronesia's most exciting shark feed dive. Grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks are common and seen on almost every dive. Large pelagic sightings include big Silky and Silvertip sharks on outer reef dives along the southern walls, large Tigers have also been seen. Shark protection legislation is underway at the federal level that will ensure shark enthusiasts adventurous diving for years to come.

Yap offers macro, or critter diving, caverns, walls, slopes and clear blue water outer reef dives with exotic sea life sightings in consistent 100+ foot of visibility.