Take a journey through the wonders of Yap. From stone money, to cultural dances, to Yapese "highways", to traditional fishing and anciant mariners, you will be sure to experince the richness of Yapese life.
The Yapese have managed to maintain their ancient culture better than anywhere else in Micronesia. The heritage and traditions of the Yapese people are carefully nourished to preserve the Micronesian way of life.
Bill Acker, founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, is proud to share his love of Yap and diving with guests from all over the world. A resident of Yap for almost 30 years, Bill is eminently qualified to make your Micronesian dive experience one that you’ll never forget. Bill and his family own and operate the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
Welcome to The Manta Ray Bay Resort. We are a small, 4-star resort located on the wonderful island of Yap in Micronesia. Enjoy your stay in our luxurious, individually themed rooms. Delight your tastes at our floating restaurant, the Mnuw Restaurant and Bar. Dive in to adventure with our expericed dive team. Relax into bliss at our Taro Leaf Spa. Welcome to paradise.
Our resort offers many different package and activities for everyone to enjoy the wonders of Yap. From our hotel & diving packages to island tours to kayak adventures to spa treatments, our resort offers packages individually tailored to you.
There are many special times to visit Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort, like Yap Day, MantaFest, and during the manta ray mating season. Plus, we have partnered with the best resort operators and vessels in the region to offer truly unique and luxurious experiences.
The Manta Ray Bay Resort was built FOR divers, BY divers. Our harborside dive center, Yap Divers, has everything you’d expect from a PADI 5-star facility and SSI Platinum Dive Center, and so much more. Yap Divers is a full-service facility with modern boats, rental gear, dive shop, camera bays, gear rinse and storage.
Come experience all that Yap has to offer. From exclusive, world-class diving to vibrant mangroves to pristine beaches to a fascinating history to a rich, anciant culture, Yap truly is a wonder to behold.
Serving only 1,000 divers a year, we offer our guests crowd-free dive sites and VIP service. Yap has a resident population of manta rays and several shallow cleaning stations where divers can see mantas year-round. And, Yap is more than just mantas! We have great blue water diving, shark diving, wall diving, critter diving, black water diving and large schools of big game fish!
Among the mangroves you will go were none can go but by kayak. There are no roads, no way to bring a powered boat in and no habitation, there is but you and nature. This is the perfect way to explore one of the few ecosystems on this planet that remains untouched by man.
Imagine looking over the side of the boat into ink blue water so clear that you can see fish swimming 100 feet below you. Imagine being on a boat 20 yards from the edge of the reef, looking across the turquoise colored lagoon to the verdant, green tropical island in the background. You cast your lure into the surf breaking on the edge of the reef and then boom – a huge black Giant Trevally comes from the surf line and attacks your wooden bait. The fight is on.
The Manta Ray Bay Hotel’s Concierge staff offer a complete range of land tours specifically designed to showcase the unique island culture of Yap. Everything from the famous stone money and stone money banks, to traditional thatched roof men’s houses, centuries old stone paths which are still used to connect the various villages, to the flora and fauna.
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 […]
Throughout the years we have been honored to host several top professional photographers and videographers. From Paul Tzimoulis to William "Bill" Macdonald. From Marty Snyderman to Andy Schumacher. From David Doubilet to David Fleetham plus many, many more. We are very honored to be able to share some of the images captured in Yap by these great friends.
Imagine the thousands of divers who have visited us over the years. Now imagine the wonderful memories they captured via photographs both above and below water. We want to share these with you and ask you to consider posting your memories of Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
We know it can be a daunting task to book travel to Yap with diffeent time zones, the International Date Line and often confusing flight schedules. Let us help you make getting to Yap a warm, tropical breeze. Ask Bill!
Here you will find the latest information about the latest on flights to Yap. There are both international and regional carries currently servicing the island. And, for flight help you can always Ask Bill!
Our group of 5 from Indian Valley Scuba stayed at Manta Ray Bay Resort for 3 days of diving last week. Every resort employee we encountered was very friendly and courteous. The wait staff in the restaurant were exceptional, learning our names and greeting us by name with every encounter. The dive staff were also superb. Tony and Brian were great dive leaders and gear handlers. Theo provided a very...
Good morning Bill. I was a guest at your resort in August, I caught the first part of Manta Fest, and I have been meaning to e-mail to let you know how much I loved your resort and staff. You run a first class resort and dive operation. It was one of the best vacations I have ever had and that is saying a lot because I have been to...
I've been to several places in the world - especially for diving - and I'll see some more. But no place is more familiar to me than your adaptive home with the scent of tropics, wonderful people, excellent diving, fresh fish and a tasteful hammerhead - you've really done a good job, Bill!
We had the absolute best time at your place. A+ in all aspects. Diving, the guides, boats, food, room....ALL of your help is fantastic...every person we met was wonderful!!! I know we should be able to find something to be critical of but I think we will be back again next year in search of it!!!!
It was a pleasure staying at the Manta Ray Resort. I had a fantastic time. The best part was the people of Yap. They are very warm and friendly. Your dive crew was great. I do not dive, but snorkel. I had the opportunity to swim with Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, black tip sharks, turtle and star fish. They know the waters like the back of their hands. The food...
My wife Naomi and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary and I was in between jobs. We had talked about visiting Yap for years. I’m so pleased we could do it. I’m very impressed with what you have built there. Attention to detail was everywhere. We loved the Mnuw. Also, being a hobby woodworker myself I was more than impressed with the workmanship and the mahogany furnishings in our room....
First, we enjoyed every minute while staying at your beautiful hotel. Everything is so perfectly thought through to give guests and divers the most convenient holiday. Having our own open air whirlpool with great bay view was almost too much. The Yap divers did a great job and were allways open to our wishes about what we would like to see or which spot we would like to dive. The...
Had a FANTASTIC trip. I am so glad I got to be there and see the beautiful sights that Bruce had always talked about, from his previous trips. The staff was phenomenal: attentive, polite, accommodating. The room was spectacular, i never have stayed in such a luxurious room. The dining was good, enjoyed the ship restaurant. Good breakfasts. I can not tell you what a great trip it was- oh...
I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the fun we had bringing the group to Yap. You certainly took great care of us and we soooo enjoyed the entire experience. The rooms were awesome, the hospitality as wonderful as always and the “fill in” Cabana Boy a big hit. I knew I could count on the Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers for the best, but even...
Dear Bill, I want to send you and your entire staff a HUGE thank you for a fabulous stay. It was entirely too short, which just prompts me to want to return. Jan ran an amazing dive shop, and having Alex as my dive guide for the manta dive was very rewarding. Thank you for the extra special care you insured for my stay. The Taro Leaf Spa, as well...