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    The Manta Blog

    Here you can keep up-to-date with the latest events, trips, news, and everything else going on at The Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.

    BlackwaterFest 2023: Diving into the Magical Abyss

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on October 14, 2023
    Mantas by day and blackwater by night. As the sun sets over the bay, we embarked on nightly explorations of the seemingly bottomless Yap Trench, a chasm that plumbs over 9,000 meters. Here, we encountered exotic denizens of the deep, creatures seldom glimpsed, in their untouched habitat. This experience transformed our perception of the ocean, unveiling its enigmatic depths.

    MantaFest 2023: “Yeehaw!” It felt great to have our MantaFest family back together again!

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on September 20, 2023
    "Yeehaaa!" The resounding call for MantaFest marked the commencement of our 16th annual event in the idyllic surroundings of Yap, Micronesia. The first week was a harmonious blend of excitement, nostalgia, and eager anticipation for the adventures that awaited. Under the radiant sun and on tranquil waters, our first group of guests embarked on what...

    16TH Annual Mantafest Event & Introducing Our Newest Festival BlackwaterFest

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on May 24, 2023
    MantaFest 2023 We are extremely excited to be open again and have the privilege of welcoming back our friends and making new ones. The excitement just continues to grow with our upcoming 16th annual MantaFest (August 26 – September 9th, 2023) event and being able to have our photo/video pros back home with us along...

    Bill’s Update #19 – “It Feels Good Like I Knew It Would”

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on April 13, 2023
    Last month, I had the privilege of being the dive guide for a wonderful group of divers from the State of Utah. Mac Garrabrants, the owner of The Dive Shop, is a repeat guest and that always makes us feel very special as we know there are a lot of wonderful places in the world for divers to visit. When guests come back multiple times, we know we are doing it right.

    Bill’s Update #18: “We’re Baaaaack!”

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on February 9, 2023
    I would be lying if I were to say to you that it’s been an easy three years. I feel like the captain of a ship that has transited a typhoon for 3 years, but I am safely in port now. I can’t properly express my feelings for how good it is to finally have guests back in the resort, guests on dive boats, and most importantly staff back at work.

    United Starting Twice-Weekly Flights in April 2023!

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on January 3, 2023
    EXCITING NEWS! Starting in April 2023, United will offer twice-weekly flights between Guam and Yap! The flights will be on Tuesdays & Saturdays. Flights (Tentative as of 12/31/2022) Departs Arrives Guam (GUM) Yap (YAP) - UA185 Tuesday @ 23:35 Wednesday @ 01:10 Guam (GUM) Yap (YAP) - UA185 Saturday @ 23:35 Saturday @ 01:10 Yap...

    PMA WEEKLY Flight Service Schedule Update — now Tuesday/Wednesday

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on November 21, 2022
    Starting November 22, PMA has switched its weekly flights between Yap and Palau from Friday/Saturday to Tuesday/Wednesday. The NEW Tuesday/Wednesday schedule will connect with the Tuesday night flight to Manila or Guam, making it even easier to get to/from Yap! PMA (, our local airline serving Yap’s Outer Islands for over 40 years, flies between Yap...

    PMA , The Palau Yap Connection, starts regular service in October 2022

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on October 3, 2022
    There is some very good news regarding airline service to/from Yap. Starting in October, PMA (, our local airline serving Yap’s Outer Islands for over 40 years, will fly between Yap and Palau on a regular schedule which allows divers and non-divers alike to enter Yap via Palau or to combine Yap and Palau easily....

    Bill’s Update #17 – “Anything worth doing good, takes a little chaos” Quoted by Flea

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on September 2, 2022
    A lot of our friends, including us, have been looking forward to the opening of the FSM borders, which was scheduled to happen on the 1st of August. However, due to a quick rise in positive covid cases on Yap from returning residents who proudly represented our island at the Micronesian Expo held in Pohnpei last month, resulted in Yap State implementing a government mandated 7-day quarantine for all travelers entering Yap. This mandate has since been rescinded by Yap's Governor, the Honorable Jesse Salalu, on the 20th of August in a letter to the FSM President. So Yap's borders are finally opened for all visitors!!!

    Bill’s Update #16 – It’s All About the People

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on June 21, 2022
    When meeting people for the first time, the most asked question of me is "Why Yap – what is it about this place that made you make it your home"? The answer to this question, at least for me, is very simple – the people. The Yapese people are the nicest people I have ever been associated with and every day I am on this island, surrounded by my family, friends and co-workers is a blessing. Life has been very good to me. This brings me to today's main topic – Graduation Season.

    There’s nothing soft about hard times – Bill’s update #15

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on March 29, 2022
    Folks, I am not complaining at all. Despite all the setbacks and challenges, I consider myself a lucky man. In late November 2021, Patricia and I underwent surgery for her to receive one of my kidneys and we are still in the Philippines. She is doing really well and we are hoping to be approved for travel soon. Being able to travel again will be a relief, but the question is: "where to go"?

    What are you doing this New Year’s Eve – Bill’s Update #14

    Posted by Manta Ray Bay Resort on December 28, 2021
    I’m sure that for some, if not most of us, we pictured a different situation when asked this question 4 months ago. In August/September, everything looked so promising. More people got vaccinated and despite the Delta-variant being dominant, it looked like the Holiday season would be kind of “back to normal”. Some of you were ready to travel again, planned that long postponed visit to family or friends or thought a stroll over a Christmas market would be possible again. And then Omicron surfaced.
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